Good, not quite mag­nif­i­cent

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

SAD­DLE up for a trip back to the wild wild west with this agree­able re­make of the 1960 Steve McQueen clas­sic, it­self in­spired by 1954’s Seven Sa­mu­rai.

Cor­rupt and land hun­gry in­dus­tri­al­ist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sars­gaard) has his sights set on small sim­ple town Rose Creek in the 1870s, in­tim­i­dat­ing res­i­dents into sell­ing to him for a mere $20 a pop.

Fed up with the scare tac­tics, young woman Emma Cullen (Ha­ley Bennett) steps up when oth­ers cower; she hires bounty hunter Sam Chisolm (Den­zel Wash­ing­ton) to kill Bogue and his men and save the town, but he can­not do it alone.

Sam re­cruits a rag­tag team of men, in­clud­ing gam­bler Josh Fara­day (Chris Pratt) and leg­endary sharp­shooter Good­night Ro­bicheaux (Ethan Hawke), to face Bogue’s army.

Stick­ing closely to western genre tropes, there are few sur­prises up this film’s sleeve.

In a way it works, as at its core, this a sim­ple story about right and wrong. But with such a long, pro­tracted build-up to the in­evitable show­down, this story of­ten trots when it should can­ter.

Di­rec­tor An­toine Fuqua has as­sem­bled an ap­peal­ing cast who de­liver solid per­for­mances; Pratt pre­dictably pro­vides the ma­jor­ity of the comic re­lief.

While the de­bate con­tin­ues over the pur­pose and rel­e­vance of re­makes, The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven will not tip it in ei­ther di­rec­tion – it is sim­ply an en­joy­able di­ver­sion.

Some­times that is all we seek at the movies.

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