Steven Escareno is an amateur film critic that writes about movies in his spare time.
8 / 10
- Story was pretty decent.
- Characters were likable and diverse in personality enough to compliment each other nicely.
- Evenly paced, as each character was given their moment to shine.
- Direction was good.
- Acting was great.
- Action scenes were executed well.
- The cinematography was excellent, as the entire film was well shot.
- Costumes and set designs seemed authentic.
- The jokes were pretty funny.
- Some of the death scenes seemed kind of stupid and corny to be taken seriously.
- Like most movies these days, it's heavily cliched and predictable. It's best not to expect too much out of it.
- The villains seemed kind of generic.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will have no fear!
Who said that westerns can't be stylized and cool in today's era of CGI heavy action films? "The Magnificent Seven" is essentially a remake of a sixties' western by the same name, which was originally a remake of a Japanese samurai film called "Seven Samurai."
"The Magnificent Seven" is a great action movie that delivers on style and substance. Granted, it's nowhere near as epic as it's original sixties' version; let alone even touching Akira Kurasawa's masterpiece, "Seven Samurai." However, if you're aching to see a modernized western film full of style, and epic action sequences, then look no further than this one. Unlike most of today's westerns that are few and between that focus more on the dramatic dark edgy side of those days, the current remake of "The Magnificent Seven" tends to remind us how westerns can still be a genre that's fun. It doesn't have to be about some deeply rich psychological character study like the remake of "True Grit" was, or be an edgy spaghetti western satire like "Django Unchained." No, "The Magnificent Seven" is just a traditional good versus evil story that's just supposed to entertain, and make audiences realize how fun this genre can be.
The movie is about how seven men are hired to protect a village from an army of bandits. However, in fear of being outnumbered, the seven men train the entire town how to fight, so they can form an army of their own. And if you've seen either "Seven Samurai" or the original "Magnificent Seven", then chances are you already know what happens. Apart from having a bit more of a racially diverse cast, and a few minor story changes, the remake pretty much follows the original almost to a freaking "T."
Granted, it lacks the strong emotionally poignant social commentary that "Seven Samurai" had, or the surprisingly deep subtle message about the lonely life of a gunslinger, in the sixties version of the "Magnificent Seven." However, it does portray seven heroes fighting valiantly for a city that wasn't even their own, which is beyond inspirational to say the least.
However, I wouldn't say this is the best western that I've ever seen, but it's certainly one of the more funner ones out there. Chalked full of gripping action that's not only well choreographed, but the way it's shot is pretty amazing as well. I especially loved how evenly paced this movie was. And while it would've been easy to have this movie come off as rushed considering how many characters it has to deal with, it surprisingly doesn't.
Each character is given their moments to shine. And even when Ethan Hawke's character has to deal with post traumatic stress syndrome, it never feels rushed, or does it ever get in the way of the overall story. If anything, it provides deep insight into his character, and helps shed a bit more humanity on the magnificent seven themselves.
Sure, the movie is predictable, and the villains are bit one dimensional. Not to mention some of the death scenes are kind of corny. For instance. One of the seven gets shot several times in the chest with arrows, but all he does is kneel down and then looks at his killer awkwardly, for a good few minutes. And that's not even counting how one of them gets shot in the chest several times, yet he's still able to smoke a cigar, while delivering some cliche one liner before killing some of the bad guys too, with a stick of dynamite. Seriously, shouldn't you just die if someone shoots you in the chest several times? Not a doctor here, but just saying is all.
While "The Magnificent Seven" may not be the best movie of the year, it's certainly one that's worth checking out.
© 2016 Steven Escareno