Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai ★★★★★

Up there on the list of the most influential movies of all time. Even beyond direct remakes like "The Magnificent Seven" and "A Bug's Life", things are being cribbed from this movie. Any time you have a group of people united to fight evil like in "The Avengers" "Justice League" and even "IT" there are going to be things in it that "Seven Samurai" did first. The transitional swipes in "Star Wars" are taken from this and other Kurosawa movies. It's a thrilling and rousing epic that could be made today. Maybe the fact that it was a period piece helped but nothing about it felt dated. The cinematography during the action set pieces was exciting and crystal clear. Bless you Kurosawa for all of those shots of Toshiro Mifune's butt. The only gripe I have is that the romance is extremely boring. I wish it was shorter because the 3+ running time makes it a chore and it's a really fun movie.

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