The Last of the Mohicans, released in 1993, is a story with much historical background as well as a very entertaining love story to catch the viewer’s eye. This movie is based on the historical event of the French and Indian War that went from 1754-1763. To give this story a more interesting twist, the director, Michael Mann, has added a love story between Hawkeye and Cora. Cora and her sister Alice are being escorted to their father, commander of Fort William Henry, when an attack by the Indians occurs. Daniel Day-Lewis, Hawkeye, comes to their rescue and helps bring them to their father. Hawkeye, along with his father (Chingachgook), and his brother (Uncas), try to help out her father but he will not take it into consideration. They are attacked and destroyed. All along this journey, Hawkeye and Cora fall in love. There have been a variety of responses to this film. Some critics very much enjoyed Mann’s work, while others had nothing good at all to say about it.
Many viewers perceived this movie as being wonderful; however, on the other hand, some film reviewers thought otherwise. Many viewers thought this movie to be great because of the action packed scenes, the adventurous outline, and the romance story. Many of the film reviewers felt that the movie itself was well done but did not appreciate the actual story. Many of the reviewers felt that the truth of the actual event was drawn away from and gave us the wrong picture. For example, Jack Mathews made the comment, “Mann turned the main dramas—the battle for Ft. Henry and the attempt by Magua to avenge his grievance against Munros—into subplots.” Reviewers felt that the romance story was the main point of the movie, when really it should have been about the battle that was going on.
In The Last of the Mohicans, director Michael Mann turns an interesting but relatively minor episode in the French and Indian war of the 1750’s into an American frontier-adventure myth. Mann was able to take from Cooper’s novel and create this wonderful movie. Although it is not very factual, it gives the viewers a sense of what has happened in history. Without movies, many of these historical events may be forgotten or simply just thought of as another battle. When brought into film, these events are once again surfaced leaving viewers with something to think about. What really happened during this war?
The battle that took place at Fort William Henry was the war between the French and Indians. The Encyclopedia Americana tells that as the British colonies began to grow, the people began to search for rich lands across the Appalachian Mountains where they could have an economic growth. The French became worried about British invasion into this region and so they started to set up a series of forts on Lake Champlain, and the Wabash, Ohio, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers. While the French were setting up their forts, the British began building their own forts at Oswego and...