Having only watched Seven Samurai previously, I was eager to see more Kurosawa, and what better to follow up than Throne of Blood? Not really being fan of anything Shakespeare but having seen the amazing Justin Kurzel MacBeth (2015), I came into this with trepidation but with only a few minutes in, I was very quickly reassured that this would be a good film. Kurosawa brought his A-game to this. Everything so brilliantly fits together you are sucked into this…
Once you get past the necessary albeit slightly plotless opening 20/30 mins, this is one of the best dark comedies I have ever seen. It's brilliant as it knows exactly what it is. Never steps a foot wrong and with the humour so spot-on, you as the viewer are guided through the film's events with brilliant detachment and intrigue. This really is a criminally underrated and under-seen film. One of William's best films, and even better on a second viewing.
MVP: All of the main actors are amazing.
Political films, especially modern political films, are brilliant. They are always made with such raw enthusiasm that you cannot help but become invested in the story they are telling, even if they do only tell the story in a one sided way. And then, you get the super-charged, ever relevant, political world cinema.
Now I do not know enough about the Egyptian Uprising of 2013 to comment on it, but this is a film that deals entirely with that event,…