Film Review – The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Seven 2016

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

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11 responses to “Film Review – The Magnificent Seven (2016)

  1. Brill review, glad to see the Western making more and more of a comeback. You’re so right about Peter Saarsgard though, I really love him as an actor and I want to see him in more leading roles, like back in the Boys Don’t Cry days.

    • It’s a real shame he just keeps playing villain of the week type roles, I thought he was great in An Education a few years back to but there’s been a lot of forgettable stuff his done in the last 5 or so years.
      E

  2. This 2016 remake didn’t reinvent the genre or really didn’t bring anything new to the table, but it was fun action-western movie with solid cast. Definitely a good popcorn flick.

  3. Definitely a Hollywood type Western. Serious at times, humerous at others, full of action and gruffy dialogue. Enjoyed the movie for what it was. Would like a sleepy western a long the lines of Pale Rider. Now that’s a flick.

  4. My husband and I were very skeptical of this remake. When we heard it about it, we collectively groaned and rolled her eyes. After we saw the trailer, we thought, well, maybe we’ll give this a look. Your review confirmed that it would be worth it for the entertainment value. Thanks again, Eddie!

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