Review : The Magnificent Seven

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“Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.”

What do you get when you combine the star and director of Training Day, Star Lord, Kingpin and a few other well known faces? You get a movie with a lot of mass appeal, a lot of action, some surprising heart, but maybe doesn’t quite get up to the levels of all the talent involved. To be clear, this movie is a lot of fun and is definitely worth seeing on the big screen. Even for those who aren’t huge fans of westerns, this movie is much more of an ensemble character piece reflecting the famous story it emulates than it is a strict western. The seven come together to quickly and maybe too conveniently for some viewers, but there is a fine line between to soon and too late with the director erring on the side of too soon here. The characters themselves are all great, they don’t each go through any kind of real character arch, but truth be told, they don’t have to in this movie. Denzel Washington being the title character here does see him have the most to do, but he his most certain a professional at what he does. He brings a real gravitas and a grounding to the team of strays as they are referred to in the movie. All in all, The Magnificent Seven is a good ole fun time in the cinema, with some great and charismatic actors.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10

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