Film Review: The Magnificent Seven
For the month of September it sort has been a drought for movie releases, a couple weeks ago The Blair Witch was revived and ended up being one of the scariest movies this year, the following week rolls around and a rare western is introduced to us titled The Magnificent Seven. Starring no other than the greatest, Denzel Washington, he leads 6 other men to help save a small town that has been taken over by a corrupt industrialist and once again, he outshines everybody in here, but everyone else did a damn good job too. For those who are unfamiliar with The Magnificent 7, this is actually a remake of the 1960 film, if you want to count Seven Samurai you can but this is really a remake for the new generation who enjoys the westerns like no other. Director Antoine Fuqua gives the audience his vision of the old west with this time a great diverse cast for the 7, you can of course Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Lee Byung-hun and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, let me tell you, each and every one of the cast members killed their role, there was nobody that felt left out and each had enough screen time to show off their skills.
The only minor issue with the seven is the introductions felt kind of flat, you didn't really get to see their background story and what's their purpose but at the same time that was kind of a good thing because the film was paced very well I think the longer the introductions the movie would have dragged, so overall I have no problem with it. For a western brought to life in this day of age and with how movies are filmed now, of course you're going to have over-the-top action sequences but that's what I like about it. Without spoiling it, the ending all-out final battle scene is action-packed it's ridiculous, and ridiculous in the most awesome way, the shootouts are fast paced, Denzel is basically Invincible and Peter Sarsgaard is your corrupt industrialist and this guy is a maniac, when he finds out its only 7 men causing havoc he does everything from recruiting a damn army of 200 men to going all out and using a big ass gun that'll destroy the whole town. Antoine Fuqua is a genius for bringing this film to life for a new generation in his way and I'll explain why, for one, the diverse cast (ESPECIALLY WHO LIVES AT THE END) the chemistry between all the characters from start to finish makes it feel like they're a family, when Denzel and Ethan Hawke run into each other it's like officer Alonzo and Hoyt met each other in the past life and it was great to see these two back on screen together.
For a western film to have a black cowboy lead, this movie did the complete opposite from what Hateful 8 and Django Unchained established, and don't get me wrong I love both of those films but Quentin Tarantino over uses that N word way too much in those movies, sometimes it doesn't even flow with the movie, and Magnificent Seven doesn't take that approach, Fuqua recently spoke on why there isn't no racial slurs in this film and to be honest this movie is so great it didn't need it and it was a breath of fresh air, the closet you're going to get to a stereotype is when Chris Pratt and Manuel's character interact but it's very very brief, like I said, the bond between them really shows when the shootout happens, you finally have an real Indian character in film who is a badass with the arrows who says in a scene "white people food is for dogs" and I found it hilarious just like the rest of the theatre, other than that, the racial content is a myth in this movie, we know a lot of bullshit happened in the old west but this movie wasn't for it, and that's what separates it from Hateful 8 and Django, this was a cliché entertaining western remake that felt like the Avengers of the old west.
Antoine Fuqua did a great job with, and I hope he finally get the respect he deserves, hopefully in the future we'll see his name mentioned more than just "the director of Training Day", maybe we'll see this credit on the previews for The Equalizer 2 and the Scarface remake. I'm giving Magnificent Seven an 8.5/10, to be honest my only minor issue is there it was rated PG-13 but I completely understand why, and it wasn't that bloody or gory, other than that I was satisfied and I will go see it again.