Daniel Cruse’s review published on Letterboxd:
What can I even say? Holy shit. It’s one of the most important films ever made. Seven Samurai was a watershed moment for cinema as an art form. I can’t offer any unique or novel take on this movie. It’s amazing. If you haven’t seen it, you should watch it. It’s long but there’s an intermission so you can take a break and walk around, but also everyone is in quarantine so it’s not like there’s anything better to do with your time at the moment.
The action sequences are magnificent, the performances are heartfelt, there are so many memorable dialogue exchanges and shots that I have seen referenced in many films since the release of this one. It’s entertaining to see where so many of the movies I’ve watched from the 21st century drew direct inspiration from and this movie here is one of the most influential.
I didn’t feel the runtime at all, I was enjoying it from start to end and I can not wait to check out some more of Kurosawa’s stuff on the criterion channel. Happy birthday to him by the way, couldn’t be a better time to watch one of his movies than right now.