Friday, July 30, 2010
36. Seven Samurai (1954)
This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourselves.
The Magnificient Seven, Guns of Navarone, Ocean's Eleven, The Dirty Dozen, and even A Bug's Life. These movies all borrow heavily from Akira Kurasawa's masterpiece epic. A group of farmers recruit a band of ragtag samurai to protect them from invading bandits. Most movies are deemed critically successful if they truly draw an emotional connection between the veiwer and one or two protaganists. The character development in Seven Samurai is so strong that all seven protaganists not only are given their time in the spotlight but each carry a distinct and important role in the movie and in the viewer's heart.
At a little more than three hours and fifteen minutes this movie is definitely a chore of an undertaking, but I prefer to think of it as a much better alternative to any two random movies on TV or from your Netflix queue.