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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

MacArthur meets Hirohito in interesting historical drama.

Movie PG-13 2013 98 minutes
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Whitewashing history; In a scene with Fellers (US) and the former Prime Minister Japan's sever atrocities are diminished by comparing them to other historical events of lesser severity. Albeit sin is sin.

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Too much swearing

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Arguably, EMPEROR misses a chance to dig deeper into some flawed characters and a volatile situation. It also takes questionable liberties by inventing an interracial love story for the main character. And, certainly, it would have been fun to see more of Jones' snappy supporting performance as MacArthur. Overall, the movie could have taken a cue from the similarly structured but much richer Lincoln.

Yet, as with his earlier Girl with a Pearl Earring, director Peter Webber takes a simple, classical approach that makes Emperor feel as if it could have been a movie from the period in which it takes place. The clean, uncluttered camera setups seem to influence the overall tone of the storytelling, editing, and performances, and the interesting details are easy to follow. For the most part, Webber's greatest moments of drama come from small things, such as tense meetings in rooms, and especially the final arrival of Hirohito himself.

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