The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Release Year: 2016
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writers: Nic Pizzolatto (screenplay), Richard Wenk (screenplay), Akira Kurosawa (based on the screenplay by), Shinobu Hashimoto (based on the screenplay by), Hidoe Oguni (based on the screenplay by).
Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hhun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard, Luke Grimes, Matt Boner
Rating: Nominated for 1 Saturn Award: Best Action/Adventure Film
Plot: Seven gunment in the wild West gradually come together in order to help a small village tyrannised by thieves.
The plot of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven is a familiar one, not only because it has been used in several films (most notably Seven Samurai, 1954 and The Magnificent Seven, 1960) but because it is a classic one; a band of morally dubious people band together to do a decent thing for ones and saves some innocent people from some even more morally dubious people. Fuqua’s take is gorgeous to look at, full of beautiful scenery and a great sense of fun. Both Wahington (Inside Man, 2006) and Pratt (Jurassic World, 2015) had both express a desire in the past to appear in a Western and seem thrilled to get the opportunity. The group of character is so diverse (as is in keeping with the current zeitgeist) that it must be intentional, which is somewhat distracting. Nevertheless, they all perform very well and have good chemistry. The film is fun and entertaining, it’s biggest drawback is that it is almost to fun and entertaining. The film quickly moves into shoot-em-up territory and stays there for so long that the rest of the film becomes a bit of a blur. So it you love that sort of thing, you will certainly find The Magnificent Seven mighty pleasing, at any rate, it is a decent modern Western and it is always lovely to see a big studio throw lots of money at this once glorious genre. Recommended.
The name of the character Red Harvest is a tribute to the Dashiell Hammett story of the same name. Akira Kurosawa used that story for one of his other famous samurai films, Yojimbo (1961). Kurosawa wrote and directed Seven Samurai (1954) on which The Magnificent Seven is based. The Red HArvest plot was also used as a model for Fistful of Dollars (1964).
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