by Christa Gullickson
“The Magnificent 7,” starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke, takes place in the Old West where evil prevails in a small town called Rose Creek. The movie begins with a band of vicious thieves taking over Rose Creek, stealing their land and money and forcing the townspeople to be slaves. The leader of this gang is Bartholomew Beau (Peter Sarsgaard), who seeks to mine the gold that they have in their land. After years of bondage, a young widow seeks revenge for her town and murdered husband by seeking out a bounty hunter for help. Chisolm (Denzel Washington), a peace officer, is persuaded by this widow to fight for justice and free her town. Chisolm gathers a hodge-podge gang of men to help him fight against the evil Beau. Chisolm takes over the town while Beau is traveling, killing all but one of his henchmen. Once Beau finds out, he brings an army to ride against the little town of Rose Creek to fight the Magnificent Seven.
One highlight of the movie is the fact that comedy was present. Light-hearted moments were appreciated since this movie had an intense theme to it. Another good aspect of this movie was that the storyline was easy to follow and fast-paced. This movie will capture your full attention! The unifying idea of brotherhood between the seven men was fun to watch throughout the movie, especially since they did not know each other at the beginning. Another theme that I liked in this movie was that all the men fought for the townspeople for different reasons, such as being bribed or because a friend asked. But no matter what the reason, in the end, they all fought out of an obligation to do the right thing. To me that was magnificent to see.
Some critical remarks I have are related to the violence. For example, the very beginning of the movie not only shows the sudden death of the widow’s husband, but also the violent death of many others by axe and gunfire. It was a tragic start to the movie, and the killings only got worse in violence and frequency. So if it bothers you to watch different types of violent deaths, you might want to avoid this movie. Another critique was that the story was slightly unclear. It wasn’t obvious why Chisolm and Beau had something between them until the end of the movie when the mystery spills out. Since the movie was focused on the seven men, it was hard for characters to develop. I personally love watching characters find themselves and become well-rounded, but this movie seemed to lack a portion of that quality because it had seven stars instead of one.
Overall, I give this movie a 3 out of 5 star rating, mainly because my taste for movies does not include much violence. It was generally an edge-of-your-seat film, which gave it an appealing edge. This film is rated PG-13. It is playing in theatres like Rosedale AMC, Mounds View Theater, Brooklyn Center and Mall of America Theater. If you’re a person that can handle violence and loves shoot-‘em-up western films, this one is definitely your movie! Get some friends to go with, some theatre popcorn, and enjoy the wild western ride!
The Magnificent 7
3 out of 5 stars
- Fast-Paced Action
- A-List Acting
- Comedic Relief