Yes, it has fantasy, but it also has much more: the beautiful scenery of rural Japan and its villages; the dignity and honour of its people; and the beautiful costumes and cinematography. Oh, and did I mention a lot of sword fighting?
My partner and I both enjoyed it and are Keanu fans from his Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and the Matrix days. One thing I would advise the debut director (Carl Rinsch) for next time, would be to avoid the long close ups of Keanu's facial expressions, 'cause even though we love him, he only has the one expression.
I think the film captured quite well the mostly gentle life of the feudal Japanese people, but also the absolute rule of the Chogun and warlords. The suicide ritual or Seppuku of the Samurai is sad and very dignified.
47 Ronin was pretty well panned by the critics before and after its release. Of course critics rarely rate action and fantasy films highly, so stick to my reviews peeps, LOL. I think if you enjoy a good sword and sorcery romp (think Elven Jewel), you'll probably like this one too.
4 out of 5 stars from me. Happy viewing.