The Last Samurai in 25 words or less:
This overblown child of the "long meaningful look" directorial school takes itself very, very seriously, and isn't redeemed by gorgeous costumes and well-choreographed fights. B-
The addendum, which I suppose is not allowed under the 25 word rule (but I say pah! it's my rule, I can break it), is that while Ken Watanabe does an excellent job, one interested in a romanticized version of the Meiji era would do better to watch episodes of Rurouni Kenshin than this movie. Go rent the anime.
That's me, for now. I can't even express how much I am looking forward to TribeCon at Noppet! See many of you there.