Visceral, tense, suspenseful... '71 is filmed in a cinéma vérité style that gives its claustrophobic subject matter a much appreciated punch. In fact, my wife couldn't even watch, she was so anxious-ridden. I myself found it immensely watchable -- if a bit more violent than I may have anticipated -- and was pleased by its breakneck pace. This is a film that moves with the pace of a roller coaster. You sit down, buckle up, and hold on. Very enjoyable.
That this film is named Part Two seems only appropriate as this truly feels less like a sequel, and more like a direct continuation of the story that began in Sanshiro Sugata. Better yet, it exists as a wholly separate film; the themes and issues that are explored are unique.
Perhaps most obvious, there is a clear Anti-American sentiment here which Kurosawa must have worked magic getting through the occupational censors. But so too is the question of the consequences…
I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.
The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…
This is an esoteric, challenging film and upon my initial viewing, I'm not quite sure what I think. Put simply, my thoughts are all over the place. It is fantastically realized yet at times seems aimless. And yet, it is also without question a statement on morality, religion, faith, and life. What those statements are, however, are up to interpretation.
I didn't know what to expect going into this film but can say that it wasn't quite this. The story…