The latest of Antoine Fuqua’s, “The Magnificent Seven”, has hit theaters, but is it as magnificent as the first trailer made it out to be?
Unfortunately, no, it’s not. Going into “Mag 7” I was beyond excited. I’m a big fan of Fuqua’s, I enjoyed “The Equalizer”, and “Olympus Has Fallen” despite their problems, but I couldn’t find a lot of enjoyment in “Mag 7”. As much as I hate to admit it, the main problem with the film is Fuqua’s direction, it was the most glaring, at least. I’ll get to that later though.
The performances are all solid, Denzel is great as always. Chris Pratt’s character is brought down because of awkward and forced one-liners. It was funny the first time, but it just got annoying about thirty minutes into the film. It was great seeing Denzel and Ethan Hawke back on screen together, but they only share about five minutes of screen time, which was highly disappointing. Vincent D’Onofrio was the stand-out for me, he gave an excellent performance, and didn’t seem like he was just playing himself like Chris Pratt. Chris Pratt wasn’t bad in the movie though, he just plays the character he always plays. Though their characters were underdeveloped, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier were fine in the film.
“The Magnificent Seven” has an incredibly slow pace for a film that was advertised to be a fun western. Nothing really happens until the last thirty minutes of the film. The ending action sequence is very fun, well shot, and well directed, but that’s the only part of the film that’s like that. It isn’t the film it was advertised to be, really. You see, the action in the trailer is all in the last twenty minutes of the film. The only other action scene is halfway through the film, and it’s pretty short. The rest of the film is just unnecessary plot development that could’ve been used to develop characters instead.
The score was a huge let down. I was hoping for a type of “The Good The Bad And The Ugly” score, but no, it was just a typical blockbuster score. It didn’t even feel like a score you would have in a western.
My main problem with “Mag 7” as I stated before is Antoine Fuqua’s direction. It doesn’t feel like he put any heart into this film. He didn’t deliver the western feel I was hoping this film would bring back. While watching “Mag 7” I felt like I could be watching the same movie but in modern times, and it wouldn’t make any difference. I just want to see Fuqua put his heart into something again like Training Day.
“The Magnificent Seven” isn’t terrible, there are things to be enjoyed, but it’s in no way the film I had hoped it would be. Slow pacing make some scenes hard to watch, and Fuqua’s direction makes the film sort of uninteresting. I do hope this film is successful though, because I would love to see westerns make a comeback.
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