Never mind the gorgeous wilderness backdrop, the 18th-Century details, the carefully voiced and subtitled American Indian dialogue. From its very first frame until seconds before closing credits, "Mohicans" is an action movie. [25 Sep 1992]
Quite simply the greatest film I’ve ever seen. A powerful emotional journey of love, revenge, honour and duty that sticks closely to historical events. Superbly acted, crafted with genuine passion and ‘that’ soundtrack…wow. I recommend that everyone watches it at least once.
The Last of the Mohicans is grand entertainment. Romantic, exciting, though unremittingly violent at times, it is rich in frontier lore and in its respect for the land that the conquering settlers too often take for granted. [25 Sep 1992, p.5]
The Last of the Mohicans rarely flinches in depicting the eye-for-an-eye savagery of war. Although not explicit in the way you might expect, it nevertheless requires you to screw your courage to the sticking place. Perhaps that's a tribute to its ability to take you along its journey without much effort – real enough to elicit a visceral reaction, romantic enough to remind you it's only a movie.
The Last of the Mohicans comes at you like a tomahawk. Hard, fast and brutal, it slashes at your throat and just about leaves you for dead. Undeniably exciting as this definitely is, however, its impact comes at the expense of some of the gentler virtues, qualities that even top-drawer barn-burners really shouldn't ignore.
While Last of the Mohicans is an eyeful - how could anything shot in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina not be? - it's mindless, meticulous in its externals, taking refuge from awareness by clinging to Cooper's distortions. In the end, it'll be remembered for its three S's: Stowe, Studi and the scenery. [25 Sep 1992, p.27]
The setting of the movie and the world they created are great. Also the music is unforgettable....because they are playing it almost all the time.
But the story and the dialogues are slow somehow and and also simple, so the movie gets boring.
The Last Of The Mohicans
Mann's ruffian ideology is undoubtedly tough and on the other hand is incredibly brittle. This political thriller that was aspired to be thought provoking feels like you tuned in a prime time news show that grows into a preaching to the choir tone within its first act. It is a long tiring process that Michael Mann, the co-writers and director, wants you to be a part of, why? Also, I couldn't imagine a film confined in its doomed script to ever come off winning, this wannabe Lawrence Of Arabia lacks the romance between the audience and the character that David Lean made sure his film was fueled of.
On the positive side, the hard work is transparent as water and pays off more than enough when it comes to create these behemoth action set pieces on such a large scale. Michael's passion and Daniel Day-Lewis's skin in the game makes all the effort worth. No matter how many times you find yourself watching the clock, you'd also want to see Daniel pouring his soul in on the magnanimous and generously fierce character. Madeleine Stowe and Russell Means is supporting Daniel and the film thoroughly to reach to a better end.
The script mainly works on the duality of the war and not the characters, and after its first act, the film gets pretty simple and unbearingly hard to watch. There is a lot of political correctness in the film, which unfortunately is turned up a notch that often undermines the emotions these characters go through and its major asset, the one dramatic scene that it all hinges upon is the major victim of this disease. The Last Of The Mohicans feels more like an Oscar bait than a deep dive on a rich Americana culture.
Dull, unpleasant and tedious.
The Last of the Mohicans is an interesting movie with an incredible story and great actors. At the same time it felt a bit overrated, like the movie is trying to be something that it's not. The action-sequences are great but not more, and it's a very realistic movie with entertaining events. But when it comes to the basic of the film like the characters and the script, it doesn't impress me. The conversations between the characters are slow and boring, and the film overall felt very slow and it didn't get my intrest. The last aspect of the film that totally irritated me is the soundtrack, it's superb but it just to excessive.
The Last of the Mohicans is not a highly unique film, but it got some good aspects.
The Last of the Mohicans get a 5.5/10
Récit filmographique d'aventures historique sur la guerre en Amérique entre les Français et les Anglais, 'Le dernier des Mohicans' raconte aussi celui des différentes tribus indiennes dont les allégeances vont aux tuniques bleues ou aux tuniques rouges selon le temps qu'il fait, mais évidemment selon le point de vue américain de cette histoire, le Mohican pactise avec nos ennemis Rosbeefs (ça, c'est mon point de vue franchouillard) en dépit de son ignorance, et tout cela en ce qui concerne cette andouille, juste pour une donzelle britannique qu'il trouve fort à son goût...
...la donzelle "jouée" par la quiche Madeleine Stowe, ce simulacre d'actrice évidemment ! (hélas). Voilà donc (déjà) qui ne laisse pas de déplaire considérablement. Quant au Mohican incarné ici par le sans peur et sans reproche Daniel Day-Lewis, pas un mauvais acteur au demeurant, son personnage fait davantage penser à un chevalier du Moyen Age, on ne peut plus ringard déjà à cette époque, de par sa colossale fatuité et naïveté. Bref, c'est un Amérindien de pacotille qui ne leur fait certainement pas honneur.
Bien que l'action ne soit pas totalement absente, le film manque singulièrement de rythme et se perd en bavardages sirupeux inutiles et ennuyeux. Quant à l'action elle-même, sa mise en scène est plutôt brouillonne... même si on a vu pire (au royaume des aveugles etc). Un mot en passant sur la musique pédante et patriotique : une jolie musique pédante et patriotique.
Devant tout ce fatras bien chiatique, je dois avouer que je n'ai pas tenu jusqu'au bout bien qu'à dire vrai je m'y attendisse (mon vieil instinct détecteur de daubes en puissance sans doute). Le Dernier etc... n'est pas totalement mauvais si l'on reste très bon public peu exigeant mais n'en reste pas moins... très mauvais en définitive.