Before anyone asks, I have not seen the original, so I will not be making any comparisons to it. Sue me, but don't actually do that because I don't have any money.
If there was ever a movie to check damn near ever racial box, this would be it. They had the African American box checked, the Mexican box checked, the Asian, the Native American, the fat white guy, the tough white woman, and even a man who wasn't one of the macho guys was in there. They didn't have a black woman, per se, but she was used just like we're usually used to tell a story.
A source to fuel the black man's revenge and reason to live.
But enough about my bitterness.
The beginning starts off a little slow. They spend more time introducing each of the Magnificent hombres, which you can appreciate as it's often with ensembles that you miss someone, and then they just show up to fight (or die) depending on their purpose.
So that is a pro.
The con is that it's dragged on through until nearly half the movie.
But then some magic happens.
Before you can even blink, you're laughing at their jokes, you're enjoying their company, you're sad when some of them die.
You're sucked into the action, and it's worth it as it's not quite Michael Bay with the explosions, but they keep your attention, and they keep sight of the fact that they are telling a story.
And that moment between Denzel Washington and Peter Saarsgard!!! I stopped breathing for a moment.
Side note, Can Peter Saarsgard play a good guy? Like ever?
Sure, the quips are silly, and sometimes ridiculous. The machismo was in full effect, and there was that sense of black man savior complex. but it was a fun Western that made me forgive the long beginning.
Go check it out in the cheap seats or wait for it to come out on DVD, which shouldn't be long, since nothing takes long these days. Ask my ex...
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