Nostalgia: Time’s Homesickness: A Review of Michael Schultz’s The Last Dragon

You know that feeling you get when you’re in your footy pajamas on a Saturday? You know that feeling when you’re watching your favorite cartoon and then you realize that you’re 21 years old in cow footy pajamas? All at once you realize your life is constant a wave crash of drama and chaos, you have no idea what your purpose is, and all you really want to do is stuff your face with bowls of your favorite cereal while you randomly moo in between bites. Do you ever forget what that’s like? I did until Saturday morning when I sat in an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chair with my feet bunched up and my sweatpants keeping me toasty from the theatre chill while I re-experienced “the Last Dragon.”

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Young Leroy Green has finally finished training with his master and must now find a way to achieve the goal of becoming a master himself. He is sent to find ‘The Master’ so that he can receive that glow; the final sign of a martial arts master. Upon arriving home from training his rival Sho’nuff the Shogun of Harlem who looks like a football player/ninja/part-time pimp hybrid with a permanent bad attitude. Sho’nuff tries time and time again to engage Leroy in combat by harming those around him with his egotistical band of punk ninja mallrats. Leroy is not interested in using his skills when it is unnecessary and tries to mediate all meetings with Sho’nuff peacefully.

While Leroy is searching for the master another mind is at work, Eddie Arkadian a music promoter wants his girlfriend who couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket to be a pop star and he hopes to accomplish this by getting renowned and gorgeous DJ/singer Laura Charles to show Angie’s (his girlfriend) music on her show. Laura is less than pleased with the idea and so Eddie resorts to threatening her life repeatedly to no avail because Leroy is always there to stop him

……. effortlessly.

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Eddie enrolls the help of Sho’nuff to end Leroy so that he can continue to harass Laura like Phil from Hercules chasing the nymphs around the forest. Like any token film chalked full of cornball jokes and themes of good v. evil, Leroy receives the gift of the Master’s Glow moments before he is defeated by Sho’nuff and completely turns the tables of the combat turn and Leroy WINS!!!

I personally enjoy this movie because it reminds me of all the lighthearted times to be had as a child. While Leroy was not a child he was of an innocent and pure mindset and that is something to be cherished which is why this movies released in 1985 can still be enjoyed to this day.

 

MUSIC. BALANCE, PEACE, TRANSCENDENCE.
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Nostalgia: Time’s Homesickness: A Review of Michael Schultz’s The Last Dragon

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