When Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) wants to take over the town of Rose Creek, the townspeople enlist the help of seven gunmen to help them out in taking their town back.
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Haley Bennett
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for extended and intense sequences of western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material.
Fun Fact: This is Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington’s first western.
This version of The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 version. While we all know that it’s a hot topic, it feels like we don’t really give them a chance occasionally. When people talk about a remake or reboot, The Magnificent Seven isn’t really talked about all that often.
If I were you I would give this film a chance. It has great action, acting, and a basic script that works and isn’t too cliché. While the story of a villain taking over a town isn’t anything new, it just works here. Western films really don’t need a complicated plot to them per say. You get characters that you want to root for and you want to see the seven succeed in what they must do and you don’t really want to see them die in the process. The action was shot nicely and it will keep you interested throughout the climax as many things are going on. It moves at a nice pace and it doesn’t suffer from a boredom factor.
Antoine Fuqua really knows how to work with his actors. Just like in Southpaw, you want to see these characters on the screen together. The choices of the whole cast were perfect and I don’t think anyone else could’ve played the roles. The only minor complaint I have about the characters is that some of them have limited dialogue which is understandable to say the least. You have seven main characters and a whole town of people to focus on so you are going to have to pick and choose who is focused on.
Overall, I would recommend you give this remake a shot. While it’s a basic western film, there’s a lot of good stuff in it. It has great action, acting, and will have you wanting to root for the seven in this one.