I was lucky enough to see The Magnificent Seven on opening day, but I'm a tad late on writing my review. Nonetheless, it was a great movie to watch in the theaters and I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts on it.
The plot of The Magnificent Seven is pretty simple as are most Western movie plots. A bad man has taken over a town and done the citizens of the town wrong, so a group of highly skilled killers has to go kill that man and all of his associates. It's a very linear story, and it's not hard to guess what will happen next and how it will ultimately end, but it's still a great ride. You'll never look at your phone or start thinking about what's for dinner while you're watching this movie, because you're gonna be sucked into the characters and the story within the first 30 minutes. The move is rather long (two hours and thirteen minutes), but I don't feel like there was really any fluff or scenes that could have been left out. It all works very well.
I love Western movies that have a great script, but unfortunately The Magnificent Seven doesn't have one. It's just a pretty typical Western script, and honestly there isn't a whole lot of meaningful conversation throughout the movie. Lucky for us they didn't need a great script to make a very entertaining Western.
I will say that without the star studded cast of this movie it would have been a major flop. Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt absolutely kill their roles and for the most part carry the movie themselves. The rest of the characters add some much needed humor and support, but you're probably going to be talking about Denzel and Pratt as you walk out of the theatre. The only character I had really any issue with was Bartholomew Bogue, who I felt was trying just a bit too hard to be a memorable Western bad guy. His over-the-top personality wasn't really what I was expecting and it slowly started to annoy me. That's with me getting a little nit-picky though, as I'm sure some of you will have no problem with him.
If you like Westerns, you'll love this movie. If you like action movies, you'll love this movie. If you like Denzel Washington, you'll like this movie. But if you're expecting a Tarantino like Western or a movie with great dialogue, you may be a little disappointed with this movie.
The movie is rated PG-13, but I think you could probably take your 11 or 12 year-old if you think they're mature enough.
While The Magnificent Seven doesn't have the best script in the world or the most elaborate story, it does have exactly what I want from a popcorn Western, which is great action and great Western scenery. I don't know if this will help kickstart the great genre of Western movies, but I sure as hell hope it does. Anyway, I definitely recommend going to see this movie IN the theaters. You will not be disappointed.