04 January 2014

The Hidden Fortress, 1958 - ★★★★

Considering how much I hated Desolation of Smaug yesterday it was perhaps strange that I sat down to watch another two and half hour film about a band of travellers making their way cross country whilst being chased by an army. The Hidden Fortress does everything the right way: all the characters are great, the almost-slapstick parts and bickering are funny, it looks fantastic and there's a sense of epicness without having to resort CGI and sweeping aerial shots.

January 04, 2014 at 05:33PM

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