Anytime Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua join forces, its seventh heaven. From Training Day (2001) to The Equalizer (2014); the Director and the Actor whom both carry the torch for black excellence, always seem to get it right. On hearing that their 16-year thespian relationship was re-inventing itself in a gun-slinging Wild-West Reboot, I was hyped. As to whether the standard was kept in this summer block-buster, let’s find out”
Choosing the cast for a Movie of this nature is a lofty task; finding seven actors who are not just good, but “Magnificent”. Antoine didn’t just find the 7, he found the most diverse 7 in Hollywood history – an African American, a Mexican, an Indian American, a Korean and a white American trio… The casting was unforeseen.
Denzel Washington stars as a warrant officer and leader of the Magnificent “do-gooders” by name Sam Chisolm. Chisolm is compassionately called upon to save Rose Creek, a town besieged by a malevolent capitalist – Peter Sarsgaard, who stars as Bartholomew Bogue. Bogue is on a mission to rule the wild west. Ergo he cuts down every opposition, including the townspeople of Rose Creek. Warrant Officer, Sam Chisolm sets out in search of a team skilled enough to put down Bogue and his legion of reprobates. Chisolm enlist the services of Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Comanche (Martin Sensmeier) and Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo).
The problem with Movies of this nature is the fact that viewers expect semi-detailed backstories for each and every member of the “Seven’, and just like in Suicide Squad, we were left to use our respective imaginations. I was left feeling that this 133-minute classic had more to reveal, when the Movie ended I was left hanging. I hardly knew anything about Bartholomew Bogue (his family, his last mission, his fears, his weaknesses, his convictions), the Antagonist… Maybe if they had properly chronicled a few salient backstories, this void in my chest would have been filled. Also worthy of note is the fact that the Movie is set in 1879, so an ensemble cast of this nature is implausible, yet refreshing.
Flaws aside, Antoine Fuqua and his crew gave us engrossing good Vs evil theatrics from start to finish, so properly arranged was this Movie that every scene seemed to pave the way for a more engaging one. The biggest performances of this picture came from Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio and the screen god that is Denzel Hayes Washington.
Chris Pratt and D’Onofrio laced this Western tale with their instinctive humour graced with stellar deliveries, while Denzel effortlessly delivers what is arguably his best performance since Flight (2012); If there’s one thing this flick guarantees, it’s a good time at the cinema.
Critic Score: 7/10