Paul Elliott’s review published on Letterboxd:
With precise visual compositions, incredible soundscapes and multi-layered chronicling, Seven Samurai is one of the fundamental masterpieces of world cinema. Co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa, it's an emotional blockbuster with purposeful pacing and where even minor successes frequently come with massive sacrifices. The narrative observes a rural community of farmers that engage seven samurai to deter outlaws from murdering their families and looting their harvests, and they are prudently represented as imperfect and just attempting to survive.
The movie moves rapidly and removes any unnecessary exposition, and the final three-day assault which assumes the last hour of the film incorporates some of the most remarkable sequences ever shot. Kurosawa masterfully outlines it all, and his presentations of the samurai readying for this conclusive conflict renders it all the more meaningful. The Seven Samurai is stacked with stunning accomplishments and extraordinary character development, and everything is handled with a pristine appreciation for authenticity.