The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Western

A remake of the classic western and I can’t deny this is a rather good attempt πŸ™‚ . The film had a nice crisp look while keeping the feeling of an old Wild West setting. The story starts well and creates the dilemma (action) from the outset. There is a great cast in this film Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke plus many more πŸ™‚ . My favourite character in this has to be Billy (Byung-hun Lee) who was one of the most powerful and his loyalty to Goodnight (Ethan Hawke) was authentic. The main β€œseven” all use their screen time effectively and each character felt like they belonged in the team. Odd humour sections are in this film (mostly Chris Pratt who gives some great lines) and plenty of actions as you would expect from a Western reboot. One thing I have to give this film is that it is not afraid to kill characters off though I was disappointed that the better (story wise not acting πŸ˜› ) characters did not make it. Though I have to admit the ending was quite good, finished well and had a strange nostalgic feeling πŸ˜› . When the film ended I felt complete and that the story had not missed anything from its plot. The classic music is not in the film but it is in the end credits which I did not mind. I did like the section of the movie where the β€œseven” teaches the village to fight back and liked the comradery of the β€œseven” (when they get along πŸ˜€ ). Overall, a great reboot of a western and is probably the best one I have seen so far. It just a shame we lose so many great characters but I guess that is what makes a Western πŸ˜› . Enjoy πŸ™‚

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western

This is an alright film and I do like the fact that it’s Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film πŸ™‚ . The story has a Western feel to it but without the overacting, dramatic scenery and those “moments” you only see in the classic Westerns. This film follows more the new type of Western that is more gritty, foul mouthed and “deep” trying to make the audience think πŸ˜› . I fairly enjoyed this film and I can’t say I was bored (captivated enough to watch till the end) and the narrative was okay. What I loved about this film was that it was sectioned off into chapters πŸ˜€ . My favourite chapter had to be Chapter 5 as this was the best part of the narrative. It was when the “Who Dunnit?” feel to the story finally and truly connected giving the reason why everyone is there. I did like the set up before this chapter and interactions of the characters though I did feel like something was missing. I liked the background music and it had a good cast. The story is long winded and aside from Chapter 5 the rest are either too offensive for the easily offended or mediocre. The typical too much blood (worse injuries than should have) of Tarantino isn’t actually the worse he has ever done and doesn’t take away too much from the narrative (doesn’t stop the flow). An alright film that I might recommend but not the best in the world. Enjoy πŸ™‚

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

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True Grit

True Grit (1969)

Genre: Adventure, Western, Drama

True Grit is a perfect Western Movie that any true fan would love to watch over and over again πŸ™‚ . John Wayne plays the role of Rooster Cogburn so wonderfully that I believe his character throughout. The character of Mattie Ross (played by Kim Darby) was interesting, I (surprisingly) did not dislike her, she had a reason to be there and acted like a girl of the era yet strong too. The story is long but you don’t really notice it and the last section of the film has the most action and best acting involved. I did question some of the injuries in this film (how bad they were and how they reacted to them) and I thought the death of one of the main characters could have been avoided. Β However, this is a really good Western film with a “genuine reason to go travelling” for the characters πŸ™‚ . Enjoy πŸ™‚ .

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

The strangest trio ever to track a killer!
The strangest trio ever to track a killer!