Seven Samurai is a film that has inspired filmmakers for generations. Even Jon Favreau has recently expressed how Seven Samurai helped inspire certain elements of The Mandalorian which is pretty cool.
I watched this movie knowing that it was an important piece of my film knowledge and while I’m glad I can say I’ve seen it I wasn’t a fan.
Don’t get me wrong though! I understand why it is such a famous and iconic movie. In 1954 it was a marvel, an absolute masterpiece that had filmmakers watching in awe, but as someone who has seen a lot better and a lot more riveting films, Seven Samurai came off as a movie that just wouldn’t come to an end.
For the first two hours of the film, I was all into the story. I was following the developments of the characters, I eagerly anticipated the final showdown between the villagers, samurai, and villainous bandits, but I had no idea that the battle between the good guys and the bad guys would take an agonizing hour to finish!
I’ve seen long battles before, The Battle at Helm’s Deep in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is one of them, but this felt like a recurring hodgepodge of screaming and using the same tactics over and over again until the point where I completely lost interest and missed seeing the character I was most interested in, Kikuchiyo, die!
By the film’s conclusion, I was exhausted and thankful that the movie had come to an end. Yes, I understand that this film is supposed to be legendary but I found it to be legendarily dull after a while.
Now, I am not saying it isn’t a good story because it is. Probably, in novel form, it would’ve been a lot more fun to read. Unfortunately, in movie form, it just never could find itself out of the rut that it was in for that last hour.
I’m giving this movie 85 out of 100 and 3.5 out of 5 stars. It’s not a bad movie but geez it is tasking on the brain.
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