Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai ★★★★★

Starting this director's challenge off with a bang.
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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then this must be the most beloved movie of all time. The templet of the “getting the gang together for one last job” movies. An epic of a samurai movie, Akira Kurosawa does a masterful job of telling this humanistic story that often feels more like a movie about class and society than one of war.
Within this three and a half hour long epic film Kurosawa does an excellent job of developing character after character in order to invest the viewer so deeply into the movie. He does this to the extent that I felt immersed into the story, understanding on a deeper level the motivations and actions of each individual in the film. To the same extent Kurosawa does a great job of putting the viewer in the location. By walking the camera around the village with a map he creates, in the viewer, a mental map that pays off in the end of the film by giving the viewer a deeper understanding of the geography of the final battles.
The look itself is incredible, probably my favorite part of watching this film is just the way the camera moves. The way Kurosawa doesn’t cut during the action scenes seems much more immersive and is a breath of fresh air in today’s era of frantically cut action scenes. Yet the camera still moves and keeps up with the action that is occurring on your screen. Just a masterful work of art in every way.

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