This version of The Magnificent Seven is full of western action and even comedy. It stars Denzel Washington (as Chisholm), Chris Pratt (as Josh Faraday), Ethan Hawke (as Goodnight Robicheaux), Vincent D’Onofrio (as Jack Horne), Byung-hun Lee (as Billy Rocks), Manuel Garci-Rulfo (as Vasquez), and Martin Sensmeier (as Red Harvest). Man that was a mouthful… perhaps a type-ful? Anyway, this is a remake of the 1960 version that has the same name. The gist of the movie is the same, a person (in this case a woman) hiring a team of seven people to help defend their town that has been taken over by a bad man.
I liked the character development in this film. Chisholm is the fearless leader, Robicheaux is the sharpshooter veteran, Faraday is the gambler, Horne is the mountain man, Rocks is the knife pro, Vasquez is the Mexican outlaw on-the-run, and Red Harvest a native american warrior who just wants to help out. There is a lot of gun fight, and the end scene was spectacular. Although, <SPOILER> almost everyone in the town died trying to save it, they still were able to overcome the bad men. I think that’s my least favorite part, the fact that everyone died in the end. <END> The fact that the people of this tiny town loved their home so much that they would fight to the death is a great part of the story-line.
I thought the acting was good, and I loved how all the characters came together and interacted with each other. Each one having their own specialty to bring to the table. Chisholm as the leader bringing seven strangers who are known for their expertise in battle, and them all becoming a team. It’s great. Can we do that in real life? Minus the whole killing and going into battle part of course. I also liked Emma Cullen in her role, the pissed off widow who wants revenge and to save her town.
I liked the effects in this movie, especially during the end fight scene. Yes, there were explosions. I also liked how the seven taught the villagers how to shoot guns and defend themselves along with making a plan to foil the enemy. Usually, I’m not a fan of westerns, but this one was actually enjoyable to watch in my opinion. Overall, I’m going to give this movie a “Liked It” rating. I’d watch it again if it was free, but wouldn’t go out of my way to do so. It was better than I expected it to be and recommend it if you’re looking for a good western movie.
The story itself is extremely similar to the original film. A small town is being bullied and slowly taken away from it’s people. Seven hired men come in and attempt to save the town. In the new version, the person who does the hiring is a woman, rather than three Mexican men. The characters names were all different, but majority of them had the same skill sets from each movie. The original had a tad more “war scenes” but I felt like the new one flowed better. In the original movie, Chico decides to go be a spy against Calvera, and in the new movie they didn’t include this scene. My best guess would be because the enemy wasn’t in the woods waiting and planning his next move, he was in a nice little office building with a man coming to tell him what is up. The reasoning behind why the town is in peril is different between the two movies. The original, Calvera just wants their food so he can feed his people; and in the new version, the town is sitting at the bottom of a hill that is to be mined for ores and potentially gold. I like the newer reason better, I feel like it makes a little more sense for a western movie.
As these two movies have all different characters, I did the best I could with the comparison pictures:
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