Rurouni Kenshin: The Final: Movie Review

With being the movie as the book-ender the "Rurouni Kenshin" film franchise, "Ruruoni Kenshin: The Final" had a lot of elements to cover. With a film that heavily requires a deep understanding of the previous films, casual or new viewers will have a hard time following the various characters that show up on screen. Luckily, excellent fights make this an enjoyable watch nonetheless. 
In 1879, the former assassin Kenshin Himura is now living a peaceful life with his friends in Tokyo. But the peace doesn't last as one of Kenshin's forgotten releatives Enishi Yukishiro has suddenly showed up and he is on a quest to seek revenge for Kenshin's action against his family years ago. With Enishi willing to do anything and everything to hurt Kenshin, Kenshin has no choice but to face Enishi head-on.
It's been awhile since the last "Ruruoni Kenshin" film and honestly, we've completely forgotten most of the back story and characters that we saw in the previous films. We are not hardcore fans and we won't deny that "Rurouni Kenshin" The Final" was a very challenging film to watch given we have little context to the numerous characters on-screen. The dense material will leave those who are unfamiliar with the material scratching their heads as little introduction are given to most if not all characters. Beyond that challenge, the film was extremely great once the action began. The choreography was excellent and the setpieces and battles literally epic in scale. Story-wise, the roughest part was the first act, while the second act gave some meat into the eventual climactic and fun third act. Overall, the film had a snowball effect wherein it started very slowly but just got better and better as each minute passed. It definitely surprised us how much fun we actually had by the time the credits rolled.
Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- excellents and epic fights

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- needs you to watch the previous films
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