Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Next up, a remake. Originally done in 1960 with Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson — The Magnificent Seven of today stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. And again..

In a Western setting.

The Synopsis. Industrialist Bartholomew Bogue seizes control of Rose Creek, an Old West town, in search of gold. In the process. Bogue kills the husband of Emma Cullen and so inevitably, Cullen together with other desperate residents sought the help of warrant officer Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington). Chisolm then recruits a diverse group of gunslingers to take on Bogue and his men. Soon, The Magnificent Seven were fighting for more than just money..

Know what’s fun about such films? Recruitment. Fortifications.

While people would watch this film because of Denzel Washington, it’s interesting to have seen how well Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke accepted their roles. And certainly, the inclusion of Lee Byung-hun into the group did some justice to the times we are in. Just needs a little more dialogue in the future.

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Left to Right: Vincent D’Onofrio (as Jack Horne), Martin Sensmeier (Red Harvest), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (Vasquez), Ethan Hawke (Goodnight Robicheaux), Denzel Washington (Sam Chisolm), Chris Pratt (Josh Faraday), and Lee Byung-hun (Billy Rocks)

Anyway, while there are those who misses Western kind of movies, ‘just missing’ may not be enough. The current box office of $65.1M compared to a budget of $90M shows that something’s not right.

Yep, and one could be the ‘setting’ itself.

Why Western again? The original did ’em Western ’cause that’s the trend during those times. Today, we’re more ‘advanced’; okay, more than just being Western, the issue really lies in the story line. There’s not much difference with the original. And this is why the Western setting makes the 1960 version even more similar to the current one — making it kinda predictable, therefore, boring.

The original Magnificent Seven
The original Magnificent Seven

Though there’s an obvious ‘good’ thing..

That somehow The Magnificent Seven paved the way for more ideas on ‘group’ heroes that we now know. The Justice League. The Avengers. Even the Suicide Squad. Yeah, cool eh?!

And maybe that’s all that matters. For now.

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