“What we lost in the fire, we found in the ashes”
– Sam Chisolm
The Magnificent Seven is a western starring Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington. It’s a remake of a film of the same name that came out in 1960. That film is also a remake of a film called Seven Samurai which came out in 1954.
This film has a really talented cast which is not only diverse but also quite well used. No character feels wasted. this film uses wisely its 2 hours and 13 minutes. Its characters aren’t superheroes or too unrealistic so they don’t need to have all of the film about the characters. It has a main of eight characters though some aren’t delved into as much as others. Haley Bennett is probably one of the best actors in this film, outshining Chris Pratt and some of the other great actors on set (in my opinion).
This film has a lot of action, like longer than the Captain America: Civil War airport fight scene! This film also shares the screen time around with all the characters whether it be in a action sequence or not. The action also flows nicely and has emotion to it. It never feels too jumbled or out of place.
The pace of the film is brilliant. Though as I mentioned earlier some of the characters were more overlooked than others. This is probably one of my main drawbacks from the film. It’s not a big problem but it is a film about a group of seven. You want the audience to feel for your character and that does happen but I feel like some of them had a interesting backstory that was rushed.
Overall this film is one of the best western films I have seen in a while (I saw this in a cinema and then watched it again this week). It has characters that’s worth watching and doesn’t waste any of your time.
Source of pics: Columbia Pictures