The Magnificent Seven Review by Myla Tosatto
I must admit I am not what one would call a “western” fan. I literally could name every western I have seen on one hand (though I did name my child after a cowboy, but that is neither here nor there). I was ready to jump into The Magnificent Seven because of Denzel Washington teaming up with the director, Antoine Fuqua, who brought him to an Academy Award for Training Day. This movie was a far departure from that (even with Ethan Hawke starring in both, as well). This movie was big, loud, earnest and funny. Yep, there are big laughs all the way through. One should never try to restrain Chris Pratt, apparently. (Be sure to also check out our favorite Magnificent Seven Movie quotes list.)
The movie starts, like most western I assume do, with a bad guy (Peter Sarsgaard) overrunning a town. The town folk, including Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), decide to stand up to the baddie and recruit and then join the Magnificent 7: Sam Chisolm (Washington), Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robiecheaux (Hawke), Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). It is a very action packed movie with a lot of violence, so once again, you might want to leave the kids at home. This is a perfect popcorn movie , though. Just sit back and relax.
I really enjoyed this remake of a remake. Of course, being that I’m not usually interested in westerns, it should come as no surprise that I have not seen the 1960 American version or the original Japanese Seven Samurai. I think I will challenge myself to do so. If you haven’t seen them, I’ll go ahead and challenge you, as well. Let us know what you think of any or all 3 of them in the comments.
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CAST: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard, Luke Grimes, Matt Bomer
DIRECTOR: Antoine Fuqua
SYNOPSIS: With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm, Josh Farraday, Goodnight Robicheaux, Jack Horne, Billy Rocks, Vasquez, and Red Harvest. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.