Sayantan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Rating: 9.6 / 10
"Kurosawa is the Beethoven of movie directors."
— Sidney Lumet
Having deliberately left Kurosawa to be watched at an age where I would be confident enough to fairly judge a film without either getting carried away or missing too many details at the first glance, I could not have been happier about my decision.
I must say that I totally agree with all the praise this work of art gets to be called one of the greatest films ever made.
This is a three and a half hour long movie that never feels like one. Now that itself is quite something in its own way, but this film does so without having scenes that are 'influenced' (read: borrowed, stolen) and it is this originality that Kurosawa brings to the screen that pushes it from an amazing epic movie to a great movie.
Every bit of movement in this movie is so fluid, the wide-angle camera pans are so perfect, and the in-movement cuts and edits are so poised that all the senses get immersed into a town which feels like the one the viewer lives in. The exaggeration of emotions that ripples from one person to a crowd also plays its part.
Creators have been influenced by this magnificent piece decade after decade (Star Wars, A Bug's Life, Django Unchained, Mad Max: Fury Road) and will continue to do so, and they should for all good reason: it combines cinematic artistry with narrative proficiency, rich characters with graceful technique, and drama with adrenaline.
One of the greatest ever.
I don't need to add to the ocean of recommendations that one will get for this film. Must watch if ever there was one.