Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Bad Sleep Well
One director I have watched a great deal of is Akira Kurosawa. I have seen his samurai epics Seven Samurai, Rashomon and Ran, as well as modern-day films like High and Low and Ikiru (my personal favorite). Yet I feel like I have yet to see his most important work.
I saw The Bad Sleep Well, which many call Kurosawa's take on Hamlet. It's a very interesting tale, but it felt a bit too long in several scenes. Still, Kurosawa's style is marvelous to watch unfold.
Starring Kurosawa regular Toshiro Mifune, The Bad Sleep Well blends Shakespeare with film noir. A combination that might sound odd to some, perhaps, but they are actually very similar in their themes. Anyone familiar with both can wholeheartedly agree.
Like I said, The Bad Sleep Well is good but I can't bring myself to call it great. I might like it more on a re-watch, but for now I'm sticking with my current thoughts on it. Anyone who's a fan of Kurosawa will be bound to like it.
My Rating: ****1/2