The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 western film of the same name which was a remake of the very popular Japanese film Seven Samurai (1954). The film stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard. Music first the film was partly composed by JamesHorner, but he died only a part of the score that was later completed by Horner’s friend, Simon Franglen. Here we’ll be discussing how magnificent the film really is.
The Magnificent Seven Plot
The plot is essentially the same, set in the 1870s, shortly after the Civil War in a small town of Rose Creek. The town is put under siegeof industrialist Bartholomew Bogue. Seeking help, the residents enlist seven outlaws who’d help them gain freedom. The magnificentseven includes a bounty hunter Sam Chisolm, a gambler Josh Faraday, a sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux, a tracker Jack Horne, an assassin Billy Rocks, a Mexican outlaw Vasquez, and a Comanche warrior Red Harvest. Although most of the seven agreedto fight for money, upon arrival in the town, they find themselves fighting for something more than just money.
The Magnificent Seven Review
The film is a hardcore action genre film. The original story has been adapted movies as well as for the television. Although the movie has a group of star cast, the film does not offer anything more than the original did.
Even with a 133-minute running time, the film doesn’t offer much. Most of the first half is spent rounding up the team, then they spend time bonding with each other and before the actual battle, the magnificent seven has to carry out a test or two to judge their capabilities.
Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt are the primary attraction in the film and arguably appears in most of the scenes. The rest of the gang is relatively one note. It’s likely that concentrating a little more on the townfolks would have been better as the emotional bonding between them and the seven seems a bit rushed.
The Magnificent Seven is a full-on action packed film that has old-school charisma topped with star power. There isn’t much depth or political undertones, the film features a number of crowd-pleasing actions, after all, that is the primary attraction of the film.
One of the biggest blunders of the film is making the villain one-dimensional.Peter Sarsgaard plays mining baron Bartholomew Bogue. He is a well -armed goon who kills whoever and whenever he want. He demands the residents of Rose Creek to sell their gold-laden property to him at a fraction of its worth. He burns a church for the kick of it.His flat character fails to evoke any kind of sentiment, not even hatred.
On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 62%, based on 63 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “The Magnificent Seven never really lives up to the superlative in its title – or the classics from which it draws inspiration – but remains a moderately diverting action thriller on its own merits.” On Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating to reviews, the film has a score of 55 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.
So although The Magnificent Seven isn’t “magnificent,” but it a good watch.
The WOW Factor:
- The star cast
- The upbeat action sequence
- Old-school western film charm
The Blah Factor:
- Linear storyline
- No depth
The Magnificent Seven Rating
The film is a fun ride to the west. It bringscinema’s most basic appeal: enormous stars, desolate Western towns, cowboys, Indians, rich white villains and actions packed second half. Out of 5, we’d give The Magnificent Seven 3.