Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai ★★★★★

It's difficult to say SEVEN SAMURAI isn't a perfect movie, and even at it's colossal runtime of 3.5 hours, the film is smooth as butter with no room to trim.

For decades known as one of the greatest achievements in cinema, Kurosawa's genre piece is a game changing experience that redefines the action movie for eternity. Clocking in at 3.5 hours and dedicating *much* of its exposition towards setting up the climactic finale, Kurosawa wove as much heart as he did bravado in establishing the depth of character for the fabled seven warriors while deconstructing (and reconstructing) the myth of the 16th century Ronin warrior; establishing them as hardened warriors, thugs, unrestrained beasts and as wise sages simultaneously reworked the legacy of the Samurai into something more than just soldiers for hire.

The totality of the experience is overwhelmingly human, breaking us down from all walks of life and each side of the morality spectrum, forcing us to reconsider what defines our humanity and the means by which we can achieve redemption - no matter how small.

I don't believe there's such a thing as a perfect movie, but I would easily doubt someone who made the claim SEVEN SAMURAI was anything but.