Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai ★★★★★

With a remake of the remake in theaters now it seemed like the perfect time to revisit the original classic that started the whole “seven” format. It’s a movie I’ve seen a number of times before but it never really gets old and remains one of the most watchable and fun of the 50s arthouse classics. I’ve also written a lot about it so I’m not going to dwell too much on it now except to say that it once again proved to be this brilliantly entertaining iceberg which reveals excellent depth beneath the fun western plot on the surface. If I had any real problem with it I guess it would be that Toshiro Mifune maybe gets a bit carried away at times and also that the whole sub-plot about a fracture between the samurai and the villagers is a bit curious given that I don’t see how the villagers could have such a history of killing samurai given their general helplessness, but that’s really a pretty minor quibble given everything else that’s awesome about the movie.

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