The Magnificent Seven Review
Just as the sweeping 1960s original, the remake of the classic American western, “Magnificent Seven,” proves itself as a star among fall films. With a star studded cast, a lively storyline, and the film presents an amusing connective story of standing up for what you believe and finding yourself within that.
As the film begins, audiences are flung into 1879 mining town of Rose Creek, with the spirit of the wild west alive and well. Fiendish corporate benefitter and bully of the lands for himself, Bartholomeu Bogue (Peter Saarsgaard) pushes the boundaries too far as he burns local church and kills many people including stand-upper and main character, Emma Cullen’s (Haley Bennett) husband.
Rose Creek is overrun with Bogue’s minions, so Cullen and her partner Teddy Q (Luke Grimes) leave, determined to free the town and get righteousness. Cullen and Teddy Q come upon Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), a warrant office, and eventually get him to take their case and take back the land. With some difficulty, Chisolm puts together a ragtag crew of six other fierce men, each with their own mysterious background and reasons for doing so, hoping to take back Bogue’s Rose Creek.
Standout Chris Pratt, as lead gambler and member of the Magnificent Seven, Josh Faraday, constantly mesmerizes audiences with his teddy-bearness with the strong element of hilariousness. In the film, Faraday struggles with being labeled as a “good guy” when he says that he is only Chisolm’s group it to get his horse back after losing it in a game.
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures
Other members of the Magnificent Seven include: gunslinging veteran, Goodknight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), reclusive Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), and hired guns/knives Martin Sensmeier (Red Harvest), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Billy Rocks (Lee Byung-hun).
Although the film could be labeled as an action-thriller, it has low dropping points in the plots as it proves itself as a slow burn. The plot of the story could have been sped up more without the lengthy introduction, but nonetheless, the movie captivates audience’s attention throughout the whole duration. The cohesive cast and simple-to-follow plotline makes it a good plop-down with popcorn.
Overall, the movie has been doing well in the box-office, earning approximately 61 million dollars since it’s release on September 23rd. It has been a revitalization in the section of western films and although it is not particularly inventive, it sticks with a classic conflict that proves to be a success. “Magnificent Seven,” has proven itself to be a star of fall movies and stories.