Title: The Magnificent Seven Director: Antoine Fuqua Year: 2016 Run time: 2hrs 12m
“Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.”
2:40 - “There’s more gold in the wagon.” It’s like the early days of those Securicor vans. 8:38 - Setting fire to the church. Jeez, as if we didn’t already know he was bad. 12:48 - So funny that that little cluster of houses is a city. 15:00 - There’s just always so much tension. How did people not go crazy? 21:42 - “I seek righteousness, as we all should. But I’ll take revenge.” 31:43 - I really like her. 37:06 - Wild West maths. 2 days ride - 1.5 days travel = 0.5 days drinking. 42:11 - “I believe that bear was wearing people’s clothes.” 52:36 - There seems to be an awful lot of waiting around in the West. Don’t these people have jobs to go to? 54:48 - Almost sounded like he was saying he worked for the Force then. 1:01:10 - You really can’t still be sheriff after hiding under a boardwalk. 1:04:57 - “I never shot anything that could shoot back at me.” 1:09:21 - “Statistically speaking, they shoulda hit something.” Chris Pratt has all the best lines. 1:20:52 - Bit of Time Commanders battle planning going on. 1:25:51 - Bit of bants with the lads. 1:35:09 - Wild West version of a bunker. 1:44:37 - “So far, so good.” Aww, bless. 1:50:18 - The thing is, there just isn’t much of a town left to save now. 2:02:10 - It starts and ends in the burnt out church.
I’ve seen the original before, but a long time ago, and all I really recall of it was a fond feeling that it was good, if with a sad ending. This new version seemed to continue that trend. It was a really well made film, good to look at, great acting, lots of tension, strong directing. I’m not sure if it particularly added anything over and above the original, but will have to revisit that version to make sure.
Chris Pratt was a particular highlight, it feels like there’s nothing he can’t turn his hand to. But I also really enjoyed Haley Bennett’s role - grieving widow with a grudge. They ended up being a great collection of people and it was a brilliant final set-piece battle. Just a shame that not everyone can survive - a million ways to die in the west, right?