Title – The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Director – Antoine Fuqua (Training Day)
Cast – Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier
Plot – Rose Creek, a town in the west terrorised by mining magnate Bartholomew Bogue (Sarsgaard), enlists the help of seven gunslingers led by Sam Chisolm (Washington) to help fight back against the evil tyrant and win their town and lives back for good.
“What we lost in the fire, we found in the ashes”
Review by Eddie on 04/10/2016
It’s reasoning to exist may forever remain curiously unnecessary, but there’s little denying the joy to be had from Antoine Fuqua’s remake and throwback to Westerns of old that provides us with a consistently adequate and well-acted re-doing of the classic Steve McQueen-starring original from 1960.
It feels like a lifetime since the last truly big budgeted and epically tinged Western has hit our cinema screens, so in many ways despite it in no way being a classic, The Magnificent Seven is a nice change of pace from the other high profile films of 2016 that have come and gone over the months and with a winning cast all having a blast, you can’t help but go along for the ride willingly right through to the predictable and to be expected gun slinging finale.
Led by the stoic and could’ve-done-this-in-his-sleep Denzel Washington, Fuqua has assembled an on-song cast to enliven proceedings here with everyone’s new favourite everyman Chris Pratt giving his Star Lord persona a wild west makeover, Ethan Hawke going all gruff as sharpshooter Goodnight while rising star Haley Bennet providing a female touch (with added cleavage shots in another wise male dominated experience) and Vincent D’Onforio going all method leading one of the year’s most proficient acting tropes, that is somewhat let down by yet another sweaty bad guy turn by Peter Sarsgaard who must surely be getting a little tired of his villainous cameos.
Despite Sarsgaard’s run of the mill villain Bartholomew Bogue and sense of déjà vu for a majority of the films big set ups, once the “magnificent” do-gooders band together and the preparation for a bullet infested firefight takes place, Fuqua’s film becomes one of the years great popcorn munching events and as is to be expected from a film of this budget and pedigree everything here is staged in a well-oiled manner that’s hard to pick apart from either a technical or production point of view.
Far from the classic that the original is and relatively easy to forget about, this Magnificent Seven is still a thankfully exciting and fun Western that marks down one of the best genre entries in some time and a good excuse for a night out at the movies.
3 ½ card tricks out of 5