The Magnificent Seven.
Are we ready for a remake of a remake of a remake of a remake? Because we are getting it.
It's sometimes hard to do a review of a film that’s been remade more times than a teenager's bed sheets in a month. And I have to admit I was not sure how to review this one. But having seen most of the originals, I can honestly say with a hand on my heart this has something new and what's more it's really good.
Now I should probably start by letting out the fact that Chris Pratt is my guilty pleasure. I can watch most things with him in it and feel uplifted. From his turn as Andy in the hugely popular Parks and Rec on television, to his turn as marvel superhero in the uber cool Guardians of the Galaxy or his stint as a good action hero in Jurassic World. And I have to say as well, he is my number one choice for an Indiana Jones Reboot. (Sorry Harrison Ford, you're just too long in the tooth).
Denzel Washington stars as Chisolm, A man who has experience and some serious skills, who is asked to help defend a small town from a bunch of bandits lead by the villainous Bartholomew Bogue played by Peter Sarsgaard. Chisolm goes onto recruit the rest of the men who would then go on to take up this potentially suicidal mission. The first of the team to join the fold is gambler and trickster Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt). They are later joined by sharpshooter with some serious issues, Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke) and of course wherever he goes his loyal friend and knife-wielding expert Billy Rocks (Lee Byung-hun) goes skilled tracker Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio), Comanche warrior Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) and notorious Mexican outlaw Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo).
The team all have their part to play and for me it's Jack Horn who had me laughing the most and I have to give it to Vincent D'Onofrio. In fact a huge shout out for THAT accent and that voice. He really captured the old wild western movie flavour and brought it along for the modern film goers to see and hear. While Denzel Washington is probably the top billed actor on this project especially in terms of story. I felt each of the cast members got their screen time and brought their own acting style to the roll.
Now to the bad point. Which is more of a personal gripe and groan. Antoine Fuqua has made some good action movies in The Shooter and The Equalizer and of course Olympus Has Fallen, (please check them out if you have not seen them). And while I thoroughly enjoyed them a lot, we do in fact need good solid action films as a form of escapism from our daily lives. I feel this director at times takes the easy pay check, which is what I feel this film is. Especially when you add Chris Pratt who is just a great actor and cash cow for studios. This was always going to be a film that prints easy money. Antoine Fuqua in actual fact is capable of directing Oscar winning movies like Training Day. That's the stuff I want to see MORE of. Please challenge yourself a little more Mr Fuqua. However if you needed to make these movies to help finance your passion projects like Training Day and Southpaw (hugely emotional film by the way). Then please keep them coming, much love from a fan here and many more out there.
The Magnificent Seven is a good action film that has been remade again and again. Today it's just for a modern audience. While using popular and bankable stars. If you get the chance to see this. You will enjoy it. Will it hold up to repeat viewings? Maybe not. This film is as safe as that spot under your bed covers after you see something scary.
7/10 is what my overall score is and I felt this time I would explain it. Because this is not a new idea and my issue with Antoine Fuqua kind of stopped me from enjoying it. I always try to think will I watch this again and to be honest not really unless it’s on TV and I can't find the remote. I did enjoy the film as I mentioned and I feel most people will. I hope to see this cast return with a new story and yes I am indeed aware of my ironic score by giving it 7 out of 10 and you know what? I think viewers might just agree with me.
7/10 Shiny Stars