The Last of the Mohicans is a Michael Mann directed film about the French and Indian war. The story follows a character called Hawkeye, played brilliantly by Daniel Day-Lewis. This film has a strong Dances With Wolves feel to it, but I like The Last of the Mohicans a lot more.
The score by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman is phenomenal. Even if you are not someone who pays attention to film scores, the tune here will certainly capture your attention. It is used fittingly in the many battle sequences and some of the more intimate moments between the main characters. The music strings all the events together in a slow and steady manner, making this film a treat even if it was just listening to it.
The Last of the Mohicans effectively mixes the epic conflict between two countries together with an engaging hero’s journey and also blends in a good amount of romance. There are many exciting action scenes scattered throughout the film, and you can really feel the danger that the protagonists are in. Towards the end, the film gets a lot more emotional and I was at the edge of my seat during the unpredictable finale.
What amazes me most are the lengthy scenes where nothing is happening. There are huge portions of the film where it’s just people running around, but my attention was still gripped tightly. With heroic characters and a engaging plot, The Last of the Mohicans is a must-see for everyone.