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Kurosawa at His Best.
In my moviegoing experience, there have been only few films where I was awed at every frame. Ran is one of those films. 'Every frame a painting' is thrown around a lot. But if I had to pick one film to describe the above expression, it would be Ran.
This is a film with perfect cinematography, acting, and characters. The battle sequences are jaw-dropping. The colours that are presented in the screen is vibrant. And I have never been more interested in a film's story.
The story is adapted from Shakespeare's 'King Lear'. This is the best Shakespearean story adapted to the screen.
The characters are complex and their motivations are deep. The story is also sad. I got easily lost in this world and when I saw certain character arcs, I was in near tears.
This movie is worth watching just for its costume and set design (which it won an Academy Award for). Kurosawa uses the vast plains to his advantage in the framing of the landscape. You can admire something in every shot.
Characters act in a very human way. You can easily put yourself in his/her's position and feel their decision justified. This film is underrated in the sense of a human story. This movie is an epic of gargantuan proportions.
It's amazing to think now that Kurosawa couldn't get funding for this movie. He spent 5 years storyboarding every frame and the end result was a masterpiece. Ran stands alongside Seven Samurai as Kurosawa's best. And Ran is easily one of my favourite films of all time.
All concept, no character
Tenet is a mess of a movie. It is an example of a film that is too wrapped up in its own concept that it forgets its characters. I was really excited for this movie and I must say I'm disappointed. John David Washington stars as the Protagonist who is devoid of character development and motivation. The dialogue is boring and bland. Nolan uses exposition way too much. Exposition is used for everything. To introduce characters, motivation, the concept and in the end, we get a movie that I just don't want o see anymore. There is no real emotional conflict to the Protagonist. Compare this to Inception where the main conflict was whether Cobb will get to see his children again. It was grounded and there was real stakes. In Tenet, its just they got to save the world. We as an audience member know its not going to end, so there is no real stakes. This is all a shame because Tenet has some of the best action scenes in recent history. The fight scenes were creative. There is an action scene on the road that was thrilling and could have been in a Mission Impossible movie. But during that I was asking myself, Why?