By Shelby Fielding (Lubbock, Texas, USA)
The Magnificent Seven is directed by Antoine Fuqua and stars Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Byung-hun Lee, Peter Sarsgaard, Martin Sensmeier, Matt Bomer and Haley Bennett. The movie tells the story of a small town called Rose Creek filled with farmers and good people that gets seized by a group of thugs who want the lands gold. Bartholomew Bogue leads this group of thugs to scare and fatally push the town into working for them and fearing them. After, several tragic murders a recent widow decides to take matters into her hands and goes and seeks out righteousness or vengeance as the trailer puts it. She finds this righteousness in the bounty hunter known as Sam Chisolm. An outlaw who hunts down men who break the law and punishes them by any means necessary. After being persuaded to help, Sam Chisolm puts together a band of outlaws and misfits to help save the town and take down this capitalistic evil. This group of characters leads us on a fun journey through the seven outlaws known as Josh Farraday, Jack Horne, Billy Rocks, Goodnight Robicheaux, Vasquez, and Red Harvest. We watch these men band together and set aside their differences to help save this town from the evil group of thugs. This narrative brings the audience incredible action, old-fashioned western moments, and a fun journey through the old west.
This movie is a fun western adventure with a star-studded cast with great performances from the main characters, and great direction from Antoine Fuqua. This movie is not an original creation but is a new take on a used narrative. I went into this movie with my ambitions very high, and I left very fulfilled. This movie is a lot of fun and filled with great performances, cinematography, and action sequences. They are great spots in this movie where you see great old-fashioned western moments. Like great stare-downs and duels that made me love this movies ambition to create a fun western. This director has slowly gained credibility and shows his great range as a director. As he can direct amazing dramas like Training Day and Southpaw, but he also can direct fun senseless action films like The Equalizer, Shooter, and Olympus Has Fallen. His past fun action movies made me excited to see this movie.
Denzel Washington is incredible in this movie as always. This man knows how to act and can pull off anything he wants too. And, Chris Pratt is incredibly humorous and plays a slightly different character compared to his past performances. This character has a bit of an edge to him which was incredibly refreshing to watch. And, of course, Ethan Hawke’s portrayal of his character, Goodnight Robicheaux, is incredible. It was so satisfying to see him and Denzel Washington on-screen together again after their amazing performances in Training Day. These two guys have amazing chemistry, and I would love to see them star as a duo once again. Ethan Hawke’s character is also one of the few that faces an internal conflict in the film. This small internal narrative was incredible to watch, and Antoine Fuqua’s directing of this conflict is remarkable. With incredible cinematography and shots, that show this internal quarrel. But, my favorite performance of the movie had to go to Vincent D’Onofrio and his portrayal of Jack Horne. His over the top performance is mesmerizing in my opinion because his best performances come from his over the top acting like in Men in Black, Daredevil, and Full Metal Jacket. And, I loved his undeniable over the top performance it was perfect for me, and I loved it the most.
Flaws of the Film:
The writing is okay in the movie although it is nothing new or anything remarkable. As I said earlier this is not a new plot as there, have been plenty of movies using the plot of bad guys take over a town and a group of good guys band together to save it. Movies like Tombstone, the original Magnificent Seven, and the Seven Samurai. What this movie does differently is its take on it. It uses these incredible performances to make the movie riveting. There are flaws in the movie though as there are some characters that do not get a great character arc in the movie. But, we get great introductions to these characters. I was just disappointed that we didn’t get the extra dialogue to flush out some of these side characters. The movie also does not make the villain very compelling from his dialogue. You still get this slimy feeling about him when you see him on-screen due to the well-directed shots by Antoine Fuqua and the amazing job of the production team. But, the main villain portrayed by Peter Sarsgaard is a little dry in my opinion. If the great direction wasn’t there I feel the villain would have been a major let down. Overall I wouldn’t call this movie a mindless “popcorn movie”, but it is a fun western with great performances from the main characters and good direction from Antoine Fuqua.
Final Grade & Final Thoughts:
I’m going to grade this movie as a B. I do recommend seeing this movie it is a ton of fun. They are just certain aspects I think they could have done better, I think westerns are on the up rise again, and I’m excited to see where the western genre goes next. This movie was incredibly entertaining, and a lot of fun and westerns seem to be going in the right direction. With great recent movies like 3:10 to Yuma, Django: Unchained, Hell or High Water, and No Country for Old Men. The Magnificent Seven follows this trend with great performances from the main cast and good direction, and it allows the audience to relive those old-fashioned western movie moments. With what the movie lacks with characterization of side characters and the main villain, it makes up for that with well-directed action sequences and entertaining dialogue. What do you think of The Magnificent Seven? And, do you think westerns are on the rise again? Make sure you vote down below and don’t forget to comment. The Magnificent Seven is a fun movie and I recommend seeing it. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review of The Magnificent Seven. And, as always have a blessed day.BEST QUOTES