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The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

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I’ve been looking forward to The Magnificent Seven for a really long time! I love so many of the different incarnations of The Magnificent Seven, and I think that it is a story that can be done so well. My favorite is actually the original idea for this story which is 1956’s Seven Samurai directed by Akira Kurosawa, so this story has been told for a really long time. Now we’re going to get the most modern version of it right here in 2016 with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt front and center! I love this entire cast, and I’m excited to see Antoine Fuqua back with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The cast of this movie is amazing, and this might be my most anticipated September release, so let’s talk about it!

The Magnificent Seven is directed by Antoine Fuqua and stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Byung-hun Lee, Vincent D’Onofrio, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier. When an evil, power-hungry man comes to a little town and decides to take the land and money while terrorizing the people, seven of the best fighters in the west will have to come together and help the people of the town out of the goodness of their hearts.

I was looking forward to this movie for a really long time, but to be honest, I just wanted to enjoy it for its story and all of the characters and actors who are in the film. I didn’t expect it to reinvent the wheel because this story has been told over and over again. Well, I can say that I definitely ended up seeing what I wanted to see. This movie is an absolute blast, and it’s very well-paced. I enjoyed just about every second of this movie, and I was always into it and watching closely because I was really brought in by how much fun I was having and how much I enjoyed watching this. It started right at the top with Antoine Fuqua who did an amazing job recognizing all of these characters and bringing them to life. This is exactly what you want to see out of a team movie. You get to see why everyone on the team is valuable, and you get to see what everyone brings to the table. That was one of the best parts of this movie, and it’s helped by great performances from the entire cast. Vincent D’Onofrio and Peter Sarsgaard both played their characters up so much, but it really worked in the context of the movie, and their performances, though different, matched up well with everyone else who also gave great performances. All around, the cast is fantastic. I thought that the action was really well-shot, and I was a little bit worried I wasn’t going to be able to tell who I was cheering for and who I wasn’t when it comes to who is shooting who and who is killing who. I had no problems with that at all. It was violent, but it all meant something to the story, and again, showcased these characters.

I enjoyed the heck out of The Magnificent Seven, but I did have a few problems with it. First of all, I think that the villain was a little bit flat. He felt like a device for the movie, and even though this movie needed a character like him, I still think he felt like a device to bring all of the characters together, and he was pretty flat. He was just a big, bad, evil monster who has no good in him and is extremely powerful. Next, I think that the team came together very quickly. In general, they came together very quickly, but there is one particular character who I thought instantly came right onto the team and jumped in to be part of the movie. As soon as he showed up, he decided to join, and if there is one character of the seven I didn’t get to see as much as I wanted, it would have been him. Finally, a little bit of the movie is played up. It actually works for the most part, but it’s very played up and dramatized, and I couldn’t decide whether it worked the entire time or not.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Magnificent Seven, and I had an absolute ton of fun with it. I think that if you’re going to go check it out this weekend you will have a great time with it, especially if you like the look and feel of a modern western. It’s not set in modern times, but with modern directors and actors, it looks amazing and is well-directed by Antoine Fuqua. All of the characters and the actors playing them have so much swagger and charisma, and watching them work as a team is so much fun because they all get to demonstrate why they are infamous and skilled. The movie looks great, it’s enjoyable, and it is well-acted. I had a couple of problems with it such as how fast the actual group of seven came together and how easy it was for them to become one, and I thought that the villain was pretty flat, but that couldn’t take me out of the movie enough to just have fun and even get a few good chuckles. I’m going to give The Magnificent Seven an 8/10.

Will you be headed out to see The Magnificent Seven this weekend? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! Also out this week is Storks. I’m not sure whether or not I will have a review out for that, but next week I should have reviews for Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Queen of Katwe, and Masterminds, so there is so much to look forward to! Be sure to stick around for those, and as always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm