chad’s review published on Letterboxd:
I feared that this would happen. Many have warned me NOT to watch this first, but being the hard-headed person that I am, I decided to screw it. Well screw me.
Seven Samurai was one of the first films that introduced me to the Criterion Collection and to the uncharted areas of foreign cinema. There was a time when I was looking for good movies that were not English and Seven Samurai kept on appearing everywhere. Even in the Top 250 Narrative Feature Films list here on Letterboxd.
Sadly, I did not really love it that much. It's cool, I still like the movie, but I can't say it's a favorite of mine. Like I said, I think it's my fault. Many have told me to start Kurosawa's filmography (yes, this is my first Kurosawa movie, yay me!) with Rashomon and I did not listen. So what happened? I was greeted to Akira's world with something that feels so unfamiliar to me.
But yeah, it's still a good movie. I loved the characters, especially Kikuchiyo, and I love the simplicity of the premise and the overall feel of the movie. I did not feel its length while watching which is also a win. My favorite scene from this would probably be the fight sequences, especially that last one in the rain.
Will definitely revisit this later on. For now, I'm going to watch more from Kurosawa.