“The Magnificent Seven” is another Western-Cowboy action movie set in the post-Civil War timeline.
Bartholomew Bogue is a cynical, ambitious industrialist who has his interests in the small mining village of Rose Creek. He kills anyone who protests his activities and wants to rob them of their lands for a cruel price. One of them who lost a loved one to Bogue’s atrocities, decides to hire Sam Chisolm, a bounty hunter to stand against this tyrant and he employs six more men for the job. The villagers with the Magnificent Seven take on Bogue and his well armed cavalry and justice is served.
I have watched a handful of Western theme movies such as ‘The Hateful Eight’, ‘The Good, Bad and the Ugly’, ‘Unforgiven’ and a few more. This flick goes to the last in my list in all terms.
The casting includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett and a few other actors who are not much familiar faces. Denzel Washington as a lawman would have suited the script, but as a bounty hunter – only QT’s guys nail the roles. Chris Pratt is the usual rascal type Cowboy and is himself making his presence worthwhile. Haley is the mourning widow but no one woos her till the end except for Chris Pratt’s occasional flirting. Even the villain isn’t intimidating much and he looks bored like us. This movie could have hit a home run for native Texas or Western genre lovers. But other than that, this is a stale story-line. Gun slinging, Western stand off with Colts – no, you need more than that.
What did they get right ? The small but convincing set. The climax alone runs 30 minutes – that is too long, yet, it looked like a mini battle. The cinematography was decent but the BGM could have been better. QT and Clint Eastwood focus on these two because if you are making a movie that is not in a contemporary time frame, you need to get the audience to that era which needs the BGM, artwork and Cinematography.
My Rating – 5.5/10. Not recommending it.