“The Magnificent Seven” is Indeed Magnificent

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Sebastien Balembois

“The Magnificent Seven” is a remake of the 1960 western of the same name starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt.

The film tells the story of a corrupt industrialist who takes control of a small mining town and then slaughters many citizens when they stand up to him. The wife of a murdered man and her friend ride  to the nearest town in search of someone who could help them. They find a warrant officer (Washington), who initially declines but changes his mind when he finds out who the murderer is. The warrant officer sets out to recruit six gunslingers, starting with a gambler (Pratt), followed by a sharpshooter, a skilled knife wielding man, a skilled tracker, a Comanche Warrior and a notorious Mexican outlaw. After being promised a decent sum of money, the group sets out on a quest to take down the corrupt tyrant and his men.

While it won’t take home any Oscars, that isn’t really the point of this film, Its point is to entertain. It is a remake of a classic western updated for 2016. Unlike “Seven Samurai” where all seven are Japanese, or the original “Magnificent Seven” where the titular group is white, the characters in the new movie represent a handful of different cultures. This really made this emake break away from the originals and veterans Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke deliver great performances, but Chris Pratt steals every scene he’s in. He is perfect for his role and provide comic relief throughout the movie but is still easy to take seriously.

The western genre seems to be getting a revival as of late. An updated, original tiston a classic is a great way to keep this revival alive. I recommend to see this mvie while it is out in theaters and give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Byung-Hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard, It was the final film of composer James Horner (Titanic).