The Magnificent Seven review

Denzel Washington in The Magnificent Seven
Denzel Washington in The Magnificent Seven

I love a good western. This isn't one.

So my advice if you love westerns? Pretend this isn't one.

As a plain and simple shoot 'em up - good guys versus a really bad guy, the good guys being a bunch of misfits fighting the good fight to defend good people - this kind of works OK.

But mostly, this movie makes for a really good trailer, but not a really good movie.

Denzel Washington leads a pack of men he recruits to help defend a town from a tyrannical gold digger.

It's the 2016 version of course, so our Magnificent Seven is box-tickingly diverse and our female heroine is pleasingly no-holds-barred and handy with a rifle.

And we have Chris Pratt, who plays Chris Pratt, handy with both a rifle and a one-liner.

What ultimately saved this for me were the all-too sparse moments with Denzel and Ethan Hawke together - I love watching these two, their seasoned chemistry which seared the screen in Training Day has lost none of its magic.

A few precious moments aside, this remake won't be changing lives anytime soon.

Diverting action set-pieces with a mostly great cast with not nearly enough to do collectively delivers a fairly watchable rainy day outing.

Three stars.

     The Magnificent Seven:: Director: Antoine Fuqua:: Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Peter Sarsgaard:: Rating: M - Violence:: Running Time: 93 minutes:: Release Date: September 29, 2016


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