Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven

Details: Released in 2016. Over two hours long. Stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke.

If you’ve seen trailer for this movie, then you should have a pretty good idea what this movie is going to be. The Magnificent Seven is a remake of an older movie of the same name, which was a movie that took heavy inspiration from the classic Akira Kurosawa film, Seven Samurai.

The premises for all these movies is the same: a town is beset by wrongdoing from a group of bad guys. The town takes all their possessions and go out and hire seven men to help defend the village and defeat the bad guys.

While this movie is unlikely to win any Oscars, I greatly enjoyed the movie. It’s your standard Western, remade with modern stars. Most recognizable are Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D’Onfrio. This isn’t there best work, but they are good and help sell the movie.

The story is your classic underdog facing impossible odds story. I have a weakness for these kinds of stories and as such, I enjoyed this story very much. It doesn’t get more courageous to me than seven bad guys in a bad world putting their lives on the line for a town that has nothing to do with them, to risk their lives for the principle of protecting others. I know it’s a cliche story, but I can’t help getting choked up when being told this specific type of story. There’s a lot of familiar Western action here, which isn’t bad a thing.

Overall, a good movie with some good Western action. If you like Westerns, I recommend it.

Score: 6.7/10


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