Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
What We Thought:
The Magnificent Seven is one of my favorite movies of the year. It will most likely make my Top 10 of the year for one reason, it’s a heck of a lot of fun.
I’m a big fan of westerns. I grew up watching them because my parents love them. I’m also a huge fan of modern westerns like Tombstone and 3:10 to Yuma (the remake with Christian Bale and Russell Crowe). I’d say this remake is similar to that remake in terms of style and tone.
I was really looking forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint. It actually might be better than I expected too. Like I said, I’m a fan of westerns so this was immediately on my radar. I’m a huge Denzel Washington fan especially with director Antoine Fuqua. I love Chris Pratt and have well before Parks & Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World. That trio in a western sounded like a great idea to me.
Plus the supporting cast is great. You can never go wrong with Vincent D’Onofrio. He plays a bear of a man in this and is really funny. Ethan Hawke takes a supporting role and is pretty solid. Haley Bennett not only looks like Jennifer Lawrence a bit, but stands toe to toe with the boys like J-Law would. And then there’s my man Byung-Hun Lee. American audiences might only know him as Storm Shadow in the G.I. Joe franchise or from Red 2, but I’ve been a fan of his Asian work for years. Whether it’s I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird or Hero, the Korean star has been in some fantastic films. Peter Sarsgaard as a bad guy is a no-brainer as well.
And being a fan of westerns, the film checkmarks all the western tropes I enjoy. There’s long shots of the western sky and land. The backdrops look beautiful and untouched. That balances out the grit and dirt of the old west. There’s funny one liners especially from Pratt. Pratt may play second fiddle to Denzel in this, but he gets all the great one liners. There’s excellent action and gun fights. The final battle is pretty amazing and shockingly, they show people re-loading their weapons! If you liked Denzel and Antoine’s third act in The Equalizer, you’ll love the third act of this film.
The Magnificent Seven is everything I want in a modern western. There’s great action and set design. It has a fantastic cast filled with a lot of personal favorites. It’s a ton of fun and I already want to see it again. Nothing more to say than…
Cast & Crew:
- Denzel Washington
- Chris Pratt
- Vincent D’Onofrio
- Ethan Hawke
- Director Antoine Fuqua
- Byung-Hun Lee
Recommended If You Like:
- 3:10 to Yuma
- Denzel Washington & Antoine Fuqua movies
- Chris Pratt