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Saturday, October 8, 2016


"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."

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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.