2021 Blind Spot Series: Seven Samurai
What I knew going in: The basic premise and all the inspirations that came after.
When a man overhears a group of bandits saying they're going to sack a small farming town after harvest, the townspeople hire samurai to protect them.
I'm not sure if there's a film on my Blind Spot lists I've put off like Seven Samurai. 3 and half hours of this is a COM.IT.MENT. I ended up having to watch this over the course of a few days but I'm very glad I finally did. I really ended up loving this.
The run time was always what put me off but in the end, I'm glad it was long. I loved that we really got to see the day to day of the townspeople and how the samurai come together and get to know each other. Most movies would cram all of this into a musical montage, but seeing it all play out was nice.
I can definitely see where a lot of movies take inspiration from this, which is one of my favorite parts of watching these older films.
If I had any issues with it, it's that some of the acting is very dated and over the top and that's always a bit hard to get used to. I also recommend not splitting this up over the course of a few days because I was constantly forgetting character's names.
Memorable Quote: "The farmers have won. Not us." - Kambei (Takashi Shimura)