Saturday, October 8, 2016

THE MAGNIFICENT 7, ANOTHER BLACK MOVIE TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND

"Antoine Fuqua’s remake of John Sturges’s 1960 western stirs up the racial mix of the seven gunfighters a little. Leading the team is Denzel Washington’s cool-headed Chisholm; he is backed up by, among others, the South Korean actor Byung-hun Lee playing the knife specialist Billy Rocks; Manuel Garcia-Rulfo stars as the Mexican bad boy Vasquez and the Native American actor Martin Sensmeier, rather underserved in the way of dialogue, as the Comanche warrior Red Harvest."

Read more 
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/sep/25/magnificent-seven-review-denzel-washington-chris-pratt-ethan-hawke

There's probably not one new thing in this movie. And when it was done I thought the characters (and the racial mixing-it-up attempt) would have been more nuanced if a woman had directed it. But I haven't seen a western in a long time and I like westerns. They are so hyper-masculine that I'm usually better off if there are no women in at all. And this one comes pretty close to having no women, so I was fairly happy. 

The last hour is probably mostly shoot out, which is okay by me as I'm a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to westerns. (I like violence in my movies but not in my life. What can I say?)

Denzel must be in ever scene. That's always okay with me.

The biggest plus is that I never got around to seeing the original movie. So this was a new film for me.




I probably liked this film because I am Denzel loyal and have missed seeing a western in a big theater. While only 63% of critics liked it, 80% of movie goers did. And the latter group probably made up of younger movie goers who hadn't seen the original either.

So give it a shot!

Give Denzel some love this weekend

Go see it!

Take a pass on The Birth Of A Nation -- at least for the first weekend if you can.