MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

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If you like or love Westerns, you will really like “The Magnificent Seven.” The story line is not deep, but it is a fun shoot ‘em up Western that is very entertaining. There is a lot of shoot ‘em up. They were piling up the bodies so fast I couldn’t begin to keep count.

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of mining industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

The ‘Magnificent Seven’ are Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington as Sam Chisolm, Chris Pratt as Josh Farraday, Academy Award Nominee portrays Goodnight Robicheaux, Vincent D’Onofrio as Jack Horne, Byling Lun-Lee plays Billy Rocks, Manuel Garcia Rulfo as Vasquez, and Martin Sensmeier as Red Harvest. Haley Bennett is the only woman in the cast. She plays Emma Cullen. Matt Bomer is Ellen’s husband, Matthew. There is a lot of eye candy for the women who are dragged to the movie by the men in your lives.

I was disappointed in the character Bartholomew Bogue. I wasn’t sure if it was the writing or the acting. The character is so evil that he is almost cartoonish. No one is all bad or all good. This guy is just plain evil.

“The Magnificent Seven’s” screenplay was written by Richard Wenk and Nic Pizzolatto based on the original screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, and Hideo Oguni. The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua who also directed Washington in “Training Day.”

One disappointment was the soundtrack. In the Yul Brenner/Steve McQueen version the soundtrack was magnificent too. In this version, the music is adequate but forgettable. They finally play the original theme song to “The Magnificent Seven” after everyone is leaving the theater so if you are a fan of the original theme song stick around and you can hear it for about 30 seconds as you march out of the theater.

The sets are wonderful. You really feel you are in an old western town. Even the street was realistically plowed up by horse hooves. The cinematography is staggeringly gorgeous. I wasn’t sure where it was filmed but wherever it was, I would like to go there.

I found this movie enjoyable but there is constant violence. I would be careful about taking young children to this film.

“The Magnificent Seven” opens this week at AMC Eastgate Showplace 6, AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, and DoughertyTheatres Jerseyville Stadium.