Well, this was one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. There’s an easy answer to why this is so. Magnificent 7 embraces the fact that it’s a generic western movie and capitalizes instead on its characters.
This has one of the best casts of any film of 2016. Denzel Washington gave a tour de force performance as a lawman seeking vengeance. I didn’t think he would get to the emotional level that he did reach.
Now the supporting cast like Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke also give great performances. Chris Pratt takes on a darker but equally enjoyable roles and shines in the classic western drink six shooter. Ethan Hawke brings another level of emotion as a scared and legendary Confederate sniper. He was my personal favorite of the seven for a reason.
Now the plot is generic and predictable, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be awesome. It’s fun, beautifully shot, and has some of, if not the best, action sequences of the year. The last twenty minutes of the film contain one of my favorite action scenes in cinematic history.
Overall, the Magnificent 7 tells you what it is and it delivers upon that tenfold. It’s a fun, generic, and phenomenal acted western. Easily one of the best remakes of all time. 4/5 Stars.