I really enjoyed it as a well-executed action movie, and I’ll recommend it to friends on that basis…
Something strange has happened to comic book movies. In my formative years – I dealt with The Shadow, The Phantom, and Steel. Then (with the exceptions of the first two Spiderman films), we had Daredevil, Elektra, some horrifying mutations of the Batman genre, and a third Spiderman that was a shocking fall from grace… That left me with the indelible opinion that Comic-book movies are likely to be bad. The fact that I’ve maintained this belief through Iron Man, Scott Pilgrim, Watchmen, and The Dark Knight (each in their own way, perfect codifiers of a genre) is testimony to the human minds ability for cognitive bias.
So while my gut instinct is to say ‘Kenshin is very very enjoyable for a comic book movie’, it’s probably best to qualify that a little bit for those readers who are lucky enough not to grow up in the Dark Age of Comic Book Movies (I’d like that to become A Thing, presuming if it isn’t already).
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