Magnificent Seven 2016 Making

Well, who knew I’d ever write about the making of a movie and although this is in reviews it isn’t really a movie review because the piece is about the making of Magnificent Seven – well, lets just say its a making that blew me away and kinda excited me. When I described how I’d do movie reviews I mentioned they’d come with a twist and if really good then I would wait until they were released on blu-ray and DVD in order to be able to watch the making before watching the feature film in order to be able to write an effective review, so really, this should be an edit to my review of the feature film but in all honesty I think this deserves its own review, and why…well…like all the leading actors in the film I love westerns, my Dad loves Westerns – I’ve got to say that it has to be one of my favourite genres out there, since I was a kid. I think Vincent D’onofrio who played Jack Horne said it best ‘it has nothing to do with a good western, it has to do with morals and good and evil’.

For me the making of a film has everything to do with the film, it has its own backstory, through the cast and the crew; it is what they go through to make the story great, its who they are as people that they bring to the set and from what Chris Pratt said, its about what they have wanted to bring to the set. The role he played was a part that he wanted to play as a child and what makes it even greater is he looks as though he thoroughly enjoyed himself during the making, as I said in my original review, he made the film and is my favourite character in the whole film – his arrogant, amusing, cocky personality is what made him make the film. Even throughout the making he will keep you chuckling.

To me Denzel’s depiction of the film and its spiritual aspect of good against evil, which is a powerful statement to make, especially in a film of this magnitude, especially when you have an ongoing story of Magnificent Seven to live up to and keep it great, without disrespecting the original stars of this great western. Denzel also says that there are those of us that have been put on this earth to protect the innocent, to defend the innocent which is why I love the genre – it is not only that but it is the sense of freedom, it is the sense of being able to do what you please and go where you please, unhindered.

Ethan Hawke who plays Goodnight Robicheaux goes a step further and I quote “There’s something deeply American about the Western, there’s an iconography about it that I think has reached a lot of people. There’s something that is so heroic that we all long for that kind of heroism in our life’. I think its that quote that just labels it all because we do, remembering that I am the same generation of the majority of the main cast who grew up watching westerns. I grew up watching Clint Eastwood in spaghetti westerns, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, A Fist Full of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and then other Westerns like the older Magnificent Seven, The Lone Ranger, John Wayne westerns – it is iconic and I can definitely agree with Ethan Hawke because it is an iconography, its an iconography that led me to wanting to write the western that I want to write.

So, do yourself a favour, ignore the fact that Denzel Washington never runs out of ammunition and invest in this version, you will not be sorry, for the feature film or the making and I guarantee you that if you watch the making first you will want to watch the feature film…


3 thoughts on “Magnificent Seven 2016 Making”

  1. Thanks for that. I tend to be the other way about, in that I might watch a film or TV production and if I really enjoyed it or aspects of it (such as special effects perhaps) then I might go on to investigate how it was made, who starred in it and so on. That is largely because I just want to immerse myself in the story rather than think about who is acting in it. That said, because I have some difficulties I usually have to read the synopsis before I see a film, especially if the plot is complex, otherwise I can lose the thread and not take in what is going on. That would be ‘spoilers’ for most people! But I find it difficult to take in a lot at once.

  2. Further to my previous comment, I recently attended a U3A talk by Andrew Robertshaw, who is a military historian, and who was the military history consultant during the making of the film ‘War Horse’ (which I still haven’t seen). It was very interesting to hear of how film makers exercise huge amounts of ‘Artistic Licence’! The film is apparently inaccurate historically in many ways. Not because of any lack of knowledge, but much more due to things such as the need to make the action more ‘exciting’ or to conform to popular misconceptions of what a 1st World War battle field ‘should’ look like, rather than try to accurately reconstruct what it probably DID look like, in the particular battles depicted. My conclusion is that popular films are probably not the best way to learn history!

    1. I’m not sure many people who follow history will do it through watching a fiction piece Tim, if one does so they are far removed from real life.

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