Grosse Point Geek – The Magnificent 7

Grosse Point Geek – The Magnificent 7

When the townsfolk of Rose Creek are threatened with eviction and certain death by ruthless mining baron Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) they hire seven tough as nails gunslingers – led by famed bounty hunter Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington)  – to mount a fightback and save their town.

When i was growing up there were several types of film that i loved  – sci fi, war, and particularly westerns. So it was with a great deal of hope and more than a little bit of childlike excitement that last week i went to see the Magnificent Seven  – and mercifully i wasn’t disappointed.

Directed by the consistently brilliant Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen), This one has every thing a true fan of the genre could wish for  – shootouts, sunsets, cactus, one liners, sleazy saloons (with added piano player) and a thunderous music score that gleefully invokes fond memories of Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith.

In addition the performances are all superb.  Denzel is fantastic and proves once again that he is literally the only actor in the universe who is unable to make a bad film,  effortlessly channeling his inner Randolph Scott (plus a smattering of Clint Eastwood) to bring both depth and strength to the indestructible and very heroic Chisolm. He is also ably supported by the great Chris Pratt as a gun toting card sharp, once more proving that Guardians of The Galaxy wasn’t just a fluke (dear God someone cast him as the next Indiana Jones – please!!!!) Ethan Hawke as a sharpshooter with PTSD is equally impressive as are the rest of the cast,  plus it has to be said that Peter Sarsgaard (clearly having a ball) is outstanding as the delightfully evil Bogue – a man with no compulsions about setting fire to a church or shooting people dead in cold blood.

The action also comes thick as fast  – especially in the last half an hour  – which is bullet riddled gun fest that is a joy to behold, Fuqua gleefully paying homage to  just about everything from Pale Rider to Rio Bravo with wanton abandon.

In short The Magnificent Seven is beyond criticism, yes i’ll admit that its utterly predictable but when films are this much good fun who the hell cares?

Definitely gets my vote for one of the best of 2016.

8/10

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek

 

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