The Safdie's are not breaking new ground, but it covers familiar territory like Velma looking for her glasses, in Scooby Doo. We know she's going to find them, but someone else will get the credit for the win.
If you expect this to be a version of 10 Little Indians, you'd be right. It is handled about as well as one can imagine. It didn't feel like a waste of time, and it made us curious enough to look up Cthulhu.
Overall, the film is a good story. It is inspiring to see people succeed through the gifts God gave them, even when they forgo the giving of thanks.
The soldiers deserve the knowledge that we cannot or will not forget their sacrifice. Then we can work to earn the freedom they gave to us, like Captain Miller wanted Private Ryan to do.
This is a good film, with some wonderful elements. Even if it is a bit too indulgent with wackiness, the story and Kurosawa's eloquent use of wide screen are worth repeated viewings.
Into this miserable world walks an old, happy man (Hidari) who has something positive and distinct to say for everyone. This is enough to get several of the stories to explode into the open.
It's hard to list Kurosawa's films in terms of greatness. Ranking is almost impossible.
The last installment of the trilogy narrowly avoids greatness by concentrating on the love story. It's not that any of the storylines are done poorly. On the contrary, they're about as evocative as was possible at the time.
Musashi's presence is undeniable as the burgeoning samurai. His is one of the giant characters in episodic history, every bit worth the value of the legend he represents.
Kurosawa, Shimura and Mifune by this point are in full swing. There is nothing in the world that matches their ability to relay a story.