Will’s review published on Letterboxd:
There are very few amounts of people who have as an incredible filmography as Kurosawa has. This man brought us Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Rashomon, Ran, High And Low, Sanjuro and so much more. Each and every one of them are incredible in their own ways. With help with some amazing actors, like his long term collaborator Toshirō Mifune, they help transcend the films into a sense of reality while providing a type of entertainment that is a completely unique experience.
Kurosawa nailed it yet again with Throne of Blood. Even though I don't know too much about it, I'm guessing he did a good job of adapting Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”? From what I know of it, he seemed to have done well. Ever since I first saw a Kurosawa film (which I think is Seven Samurai) I have been in awe at how beautifully written they are. It feels so sophisticated yet hard-hitting while always leaving a poetic twist to the dialogue. That is exactly the case with this, I'm sure it helps that he uses some of Shakespeare’s writing but because of its poetic nature, it allows the most straight to the point statements to be able to be perceived in whatever manner you'd like. While the intense dialogue was very powerful, it was accompanied by a heavy brass and percussion-based score. This was utilised very well for the long pauses and in the scenes where the dialogue wasn't the focus.
I'd like to end this with a few words of appreciation for Toshirō Mifune. I don't know what he was like in real life and in fact, I don't much about him at all but he was such an incredible talent on screen. He was an absolute force to be reckoned with. He is yet to let me down and he is easily one of my favourite actors now.