THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN remake
is an entertaining and
diverting popcorn Western movie that I enjoyed even though it doesn’t have the
depth of some of the Westerns before it.
Denzel Washington is the weak link of the cast as the other players in
the group of seven gunfighters outshine him like Chris Pratt as the roguish
Josh Faraday and Civil War vet Goodnight Robicheaux. Denzel is bounty
hunter Sam Chisolm who is hired by widow Emma Cullen (Haley
Bennett) to stop the corrupt industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard)
kicking out the people of the mining town of rose Creek (and also to avenge her
husband’s death). Sam assembles a group
of gunfighters which assembles the diversity of people (Chinese, Mexican,
blacks, Native Americans) who populated the Old West.
The action is very well directed
as the cinematography
compliments the last score of late composer James Horner which was finished by
a friend of his after Horner died with a partly completed score. The score does
recycle some music cues from
previous Horner scores (a practice you will come to learn if you listen to
enough of Horner’s scores in various movies).
If you liked the latest MAGNIFICENT SVEN remake, you may want to check
out the original starring Yul Brynner and Steven McQueen (which itself was a
remake of Seven Samurai) and the Western classic THE WILD BUNCH.
review is 10-4-2016
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