With the summer movie season being over and it being one of the worst summers for film in recent years, I went into The Magnificent Seven a bit skeptical. Yet this being a remake, the original being from 1960, made me even more uneasy seeing as how recently reboots and remakes haven’t been the greatest. Yet this movie impressed me and made me feel bad for coming into it so skeptical..
The cast consisted of Denzel Washington as the main hero with Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Byung-hun Lee, and Martin Sensmeier, and Haley Bennett, who plays Emma Cullen. Emma hires these seven guns to help out her town, who are being attacked. Now the trailer doesn’t do this film justice, it is better than what the trailer made it out to be. The acting in this film was great and very well thought out, as was the chemistry amongst the actors, which is great and impressive for such a big cast. The film shows how people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and walks of life can come together to achieve a common good. This serves as great commentary on how society and this country today is weaker because we are so divided and unwilling to compromise with others who have different views. The other theme in the film is how people who are completely uninvolved in the issues of others are willing to stand up for what is right and in support of the weak. The other side shows how people can be cruel and are willing to do anything in order to get what they want, no matter what the cost is. These two themes are the keys to this films success since they intertwine each other so well and serve as opposing forces, not to mention they are the foundations of the plot.
The plot as we know from the trailer is about seven guns that are hired to help a town rid itself of a man whose only interest there is the gold mine in the valley. The story is very compelling and action packed, has the plot of a typical team movie where there is one powerful big bad and the small ragtag group goes up against big odds. Yet despite the predictable plot I didn’t find myself bored or annoyed by this, the film still kept me engaged. Now the action scenes were very loud and impactful, to the point that they made me jump a few times out of my seat. They were definitely intense scenes that were shot very well by Antoine Fuqua who is well known for his action sequences.
The cast very obviously had a great chemistry amongst each other and no one overshadowed the other. The way they quipped, joked, and interacted amongst each other all seemed so natural. It is as if these characters were real and that joking amongst each other, sharing backstories, and having a common goal brought them together seamlessly and quickly. There are plenty of jokes and banter amongst this group of seven individuals which also helps glue them together even further. Some down falls in the film are some of the character’s backstories though, while they all get a backstory, some lack development in terms of explaining to us what motivates them to do what they are doing in the film. In particular, the Comanche “Red Fern” who they never said why he ended up in the crew and yet at the end they kind of hint at why. So it is done but half-assed which looks even worse than it actually is because until that point the film was doing so well that this singular error was magnified too.
Overall The Magnificent Seven was great, done well by a great director, as well as a great cast. Was a great way to start off the fall box office and goes to show us that reboots can still be done well. I recommend this for any action and western film lover, as well as any Denzel Washington fan too. I will be watching this again too in theaters.
|The Magnificent Seven (2016)|
|Studio:||MGM and Sony Pictures|
|Release Date:||September 23rd, 2016|