The Magnificent Seven is directed by Antoine Fuqua and stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke along with a whole bunch of people and tells the story of seven unlikely gun men who must join forces to protect a quaint little town overrun by an evil group of thieves.
This is one of many reincarnations based of the original Japanese piece 'Seven Samurai' which since has shaped the world of cinema today. However this latest version is more of a reboot to the 1960's classic 'The Magnificent Seven' where it first pictures the classic story in western from. As years past and aliens and superheroes where introduced the western genre was seemingly unheard of until today. It was extremely refreshing to get a cowboy film that actually was pretty good.
The Magnificent Seven takes what everyone loves about cowboy's and gives it an energetic boost of modern stunts and effects. Whilst painfully slow most the way through, the film had a very strong plot that played itself out very well. The stunts in the film were incredible, it was great to see each character perform various manoeuvres with guns and carts and horses. One particular shot of Washington riding through a building whilst gunning down five men, and then to ride straight down an ally whilst shooting men off the side of his horse as he passes between gaps in the houses, was very impressive to watch and was one of the best moments of the film. The most important part to the film is having strong individual characters and that it certainly did have. Each character was completley different but had something really special about them, they all had different weapons to match the way they fought in battle and it was very clever to see their individual tactics. Denzel Washington was phenomenal as the leader of the group he was the trigger happy sharp shooter who knew what he wanted to get done and took any means necessary. The character arc's were so well held by each member of the team that it was hard to take your eyes of them. Easily, the most admirable part about The Magnificent Seven is the fact it really doesn't take itself too seriously, it knows exactly what it wasn't to be and doesn't try too hard to convince us its the western film of the ages. Simply, it is a fun two hour action adventure which was incredibly refreshing for audiences who favour the genre, though slow, rather long and quite forgettable, it contains some fabulous camera work, a beautiful line up of actors that perform effortlessly and amazing stunt work that compliments itself as each scene builds.
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