Movie: The Magnificent Seven
Direction: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Byung-hun Lee, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard
Music: James Horner, Simon Franglen
Cinematographer: Mauro Fiore
Editor: John Refoua
What is it about: It’s an official remake of 1960’s film of the same name. Where a widow seeks help from a bounty hunter, who in turn puts together a team of 7 to stand up against a corrupt industrialist. What happens next forms the crux of the story directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Why it’s disappointing: Except for here and there pause of a pace, the film doesn’t disappoint you.
What to watch out for: The film being a remake of a stupendous western classic, was given a great makeover by director Antoine Fuqua. He infused the latest technology in the filmmaking and presented a feature which looks rich on both interior and the exterior.
The film have not caught the exact emotion, but tries to keep the tempo to a sane level and rides along the entire length of the film.
The cast was lovely, you can’t pick a favourite. All of them worked together like a team and made a great ensemble. Vincent D’Onofrio as Jack Horne was an odd man out, whose character kind of stays with you.
Watching Denzel Washington riding a stallion and shooting a Colt was a delight to watch and that was greatly supported by Chris Pratt. Ethane Hawke did pretty good. Haley Bennett was a lone ranger in the crowded men movie and she definitely makes her space in performance and with her sweet looks.
The film had an amazing cinematography captured on classic film by Mauro Fiore. The lens was in sync with fast horses and dusty western outfits. It had a great feel and was fun catching it on the big screen. The editing by John Refoua was pretty sharp. And all this was perfectly mixed with a crunching crisp sound.
Verdict: Antoine Fuqua, may have not re-lived the classic. But tries to present you with a film, which enchants the audiences with the nuances of a western classic. And it was backed with a strong ensemble of cast, which made this a decent package. Definitely worth a watch, do catch it on a large screen.