Sorry for the length, but I didn't have time to write a short blog.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Magnificent Seven Return of the Classic Western

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 movie of the same title which was a remake of Seven Samurai  (1954). It is predictable. It has all the tropes from Westerns you can imagine. It has the long drawn out gunfight battle from Spaghetti Westerns. It has the slow pan up of the hero as he enters that saloon. It has the legendary gunfighter struggling with those he has killed.  It has the unlikely friendship between the Native American and the "Indian" hunter who is a kind and gentle giant. It has insurmountable odds. It has a story of vengeance from the past and a noble band of killers and misfits. It has a plot that pretty much lets you know who will die and who will live.  It has a bad guy who you just can't help but hate. It has the kindly preacher who lets us know that our fighters are more than just hired guns but avenging angels. In short, The Magnificent Seven is a wonderful old-fashioned western.

The acting is solid but given a cast that includes the likes of Denzel Washington and Vincent D'Onofrio and Ethan Hawke, one could expect little else.  Chris Pratt is his usual charming self. The cast is a good one and despite the predictable plot they turn in superb performances. There is little else I can say.

If you like the old classic Westerns, or just want to see an old fashioned good vs. evil, go see The Magnificent Seven. It is everything a Western should be.