Over the years many films have reached such lofty heights that they have often been referred to as Classics, films which are nearly always on everyones must see lists and The Magnificent Seven which originally came out in 1960 is one of them, many people think these classics should not be remade or redone but occasionally they are and I for one was exited to see this new take on the classic film.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua the director who worked on The Equaliser, Olympus has Fallen and Training Day. The Magnificent Seven wastes no time in establishing the need for the Gunslingers when Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) comes to town. His brilliant performance left no doubt about his motives and what he would do to achieve them which only helped to raise the stakes even higher.
The first of the seven to be recruited was Chisolm (Denzel Washington) a duly sword warrant officer and a bunch of other stuff that he liked to point out on several occasions. The scene were he walks into the saloon told us a lot about his character and the way others perceive him, not only that but it also introduced us to Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt) and told us a lot about him as well.
Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) make up the rest of the Magnificent Seven. Each one has their own reasons for joining the fight and seeing it through to then end but while some of them are more developed than the others they all work really well together on screen.
There was also a lot of laughs from these characters, especially from Chris Pratt who played the comic relief but also from Vincent D’Onofrio as well as from several of the others. Seeing them fight in the two main gun battles was exciting, entertaining and devesating all at the same time. The fight to save the town is as brutal as it is effective but you just have to remember so far so good.
The Magnificent Seven was a good remake and I really liked the way that it included a lot of references to the original version. It has been some time since I last saw a western style film and I was glad that I got to see this film as it has a really good cast including a villain who wasn’t over or under used but the one thing he did has was believable motivations for doing what he did.
Overall The Magnificent Seven moves along at a good pace and I have to say that I really did enjoy watching it. If you are looking for a good film to watch at the moment you can’t go wrong with checking out The Magnificent Seven.