The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Review by CJ


Antoine Fuqua

Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ethan Hawke, Byung-hun Lee, Vincent D’Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard

Other notable appearances:
Matt Bomer, Jonathan Joss, Luke Grimes, Cam Gigandet

Running time:
133 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Magnificent Seven (1960), Jonah Hex, Tombstone, Young Guns

The town of Rose Creek has been taken over by gold mogul Bartholomew Bogue (Sarsgaard). When Bogue starts killing people who oppose him one of the victims is Emma Cullen’s (Bennett) husband.

Emma travels to a nearby town with all of the money they have seeking help. She finds Sam Chisholm (Washington), a warrant officer with a dark past. Chisholm agrees to help and gathers a motley crew from both sides of the law to take down Bogue and his army.

The original The Magnificent Seven is one of my favourite western films and one of the few classic westerns I enjoy. This remake has managed to take the heart and soul of the original while infusing it with the humour of modern westerns.

While the basic plot of The Magnificent Seven remains the same — six men come together under the leadership of another to defend a terrorised village — not a lot else is recycled from the original plot. I find remakes far more enjoyable if they take certain aspects of the originals but make them their own (like Ghostbusters (2016)), rather than shot-for-shot remakes (like Psycho (1998)).

The scenery and locations in The Magnificent Seven are gorgeous. Sweeping plains and spectacular mountain ranges abound throughout the film making for a visually impressive film.

Denzel Washington embodied the quietly threatening leader who tries to employ reason but isn’t afraid to pull out the big guns. Haley Bennett was great to watch as the strong female who takes the reins and the guns. Chris Pratt is a delight to watch in everything he does and his portrayal of smart mouth, drunken, gambling Josh Faraday is no different. The rest of the cast were also *sunglasses* magnificent in their roles.

Overall The Magnificent Seven does a great job of maintaining the original plot while still going its own way. Fans of the western film genre are likely to enjoy The Magnificent Seven but without too much “howdy pardner” and plenty of great gunfights, it will also appeal to many action movie lovers.

4 Stars

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