Blazing Samurai (2017)

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Blazing Samurai is an American computer-animated action adventure comedy film inspired by Mel Brooks’ seminal 1974 Western comedy film Blazing Saddles, directed by Chris Bailey and written by Ed Stone and Nate Hopper. The film stars Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, and Mel Brooks. The film will be released by Open Road Films in the US and Canada, Huayi Brothers International in China, and Sony Pictures in Latin America.

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Jackson will portray Jimbo, a cat who once was a great warrior who now lives life hitting the cat-nip a bit too hard. Despite his addled state, he reluctantly takes lovable mutt Hank under his wing and teaches him the cunning, courageous and warrior-like ways of the samurai. Forging an unusual friendship between a cat and a dog, the two set off on a wild and hilarious journey to save the town of Kakamucho whilst at the same time learning what it means to be a true, great samurai.

There is something supremely irritating for me about Ricky Gervais. Usually I am all about the witheringly snarky British wit, but there’s something both extra-mean-spirited and somehow dumb about him, as if he (or his characters anyway) think they’re the smartest guy in the room when they are far from it. It’s as if someone of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor’s intellect tried to pull off a Niles Crane-level snobbishness around his castmates. This movie already looks and sounds like sophomoric garbage, throwing Gervais in there just ensures I will stay away.

You know, Kung fu panda had butt jokes, but it didn’t put them on a poster and base their tagline on them. But I suppose having something better than a giant fat hairy cat’s ass on the poster would count as false advertising. Now, is it too much to ask for a story set in a distant country to be about the people in that country? Must it always be an American in the main role? Because believe it or not people from other countries can be good protagonists in their own country. Maybe we could’ve watched, I dunno, a Japanese person become a samurai? Oh, I’m sorry, I’m sure all Japanese already are samurai, so there’s no point in watching one become that. I mean, we have names like Kakamucho, Jimbo and Ika Chu (haha Pokemon and Japan, how witty), I suppose expecting even a shred of Japan in this movie is like expecting gold out of a chocolate coin. You know, Kung fu panda wasn’t good just because it was about a fatass. It was good because, while a comedy, it gave us a taste of ancient China, which made it stand out a bit from the others despite its mediocre story. Just because something is a comedy doesn’t mean it needs no effort or sense behind it. This, this looks like a bad direct-to-dvd schlock on the level of Nut Job. I notice a curious tendency to rip off an old property and call it a “homage”, but where is Blazing Saddles here? The point of Blazing Saddles was that it was about a black guy in a role you would not expect in such a racist era. It was an odd and unexpected situation, which made it humorous. This is just a generic loser-fish-out-of-water story we’ve seen a million times before trying to piggyback on the fame of an old movie but with “funny” animals and set in Japan because that’s such a trendy thing to do nowadays. Also those aren’t Japanese-styled letters. China and Japan are not the same thing, for Christ’s sake.

Now, is it too much to ask for a story set in a distant country to be about the people in that country? Must it always be an American in the main role? Because believe it or not people from other countries can be good protagonists in their own country. Maybe we could’ve watched, I dunno, a Japanese person become a samurai? Oh, I’m sorry, I’m sure all Japanese already are samurai, so there’s no point in watching one become that. I mean, we have names like Kakamucho, Jimbo and Ika Chu (haha Pokemon and Japan, how witty), I suppose expecting even a shred of Japan in this movie is like expecting gold out of a chocolate coin. You know, Kung fu panda wasn’t good just because it was about a fatass. It was good because, while a comedy, it gave us a taste of ancient China, which made it stand out a bit from the others despite its mediocre story. Just because something is a comedy doesn’t mean it needs no effort or sense behind it. This, this looks like a bad direct-to-dvd schlock on the level of Nut Job.

Classy…. Honestly, when I saw the poster, I thought this was going to be a “Garfield” movie. If this is supposed to be an homage to “Blazing Saddles”, will it have a bean-dinner scene, and will it have species-ism jokes between the cats and dogs? Also, I wonder how this movie would play in Japan.

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There is something supremely irritating for me about Ricky Gervais. Usually I am all about the witheringly snarky British wit, but there’s something both extra-mean-spirited and somehow dumb about him, as if he (or his characters anyway) think they’re the smartest guy in the room when they are far from it. It’s as if someone of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor’s intellect tried to pull off a Niles Crane-level snobbishness around his castmates.

Title:Blazing Samurai
Release:2018-01-01
Runtime:0 min.
Genre:Family, Comedy, Animation, Action
Stars:Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Mel Brooks, Djimon Hounsou, George Takei, Ricky Gervais
Overview:The story revolves around a scrappy young dog who fights to save a town from becoming the litter box of a nefarious feline warlord.

 

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