The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Written by: Richard Wenk, Nic Pizzolatto
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hr. 12 min
The Magnificent Seven isn’t only a great western, it’s also the best action film I’ve seen this year. It’s everything you pictured in your head as a child when you played cowboys and Indians; the friendly comradery between heroes, and a villain you can truly loathe. This movie takes all the well-established clichés of the genre and gives them a big grateful hug.
The cast is great, the score by Simon Franglen and James Horner is rousing, and everything looks fantastic. It efficiently establishes who’s who and why we should care, and then gets on with the action. This is good old-fashioned popcorn munching fun, and most certainly a film you’ll want to see in a movie theater.
Other than that, there’s not much else to say. The story set up is simple; heroes are hired to fend off a greedy villain. It’s basically the set up for just about every A-Team episode, which was likely inspired by old westerns. And while that might bore some, I found it strangely reassuring, and it meant I could focus more on the characters, set design and music.
The lead ‘seven’ have great chemistry, and Peter Sarsgaard is effective as the greedy robber baron looking to plunder a small town of its wealth. It sits still when it needs too, and the action is really well-arranged. It also adds just enough back story for each character so as not to leave them two-dimensional and dull.
So yeah, solid film, go see it!
This should appeal to fans of action movies and westerns. There’s no deeper meaning to anything going on in this film. It’s just good old-fashioned cowboy stuff! The Magnificent Seven is rated PG-13 so while there is a lot of gun play, there’s also very little blood. This, however, was just the right level of filmed violence for a film like this. Anything more R rated would actually detract from the fun.
The finale is FANTASTIC!