Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven *****

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The Magnificent 7 is a remake of the 1960 classic western movie that starred cool guys Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and James Coburn. This one stars Denzel Washington as a cowboy who is hired to lead a group of mercenaries to keep their town from the control of the evil robber baron mining company. He assembles a group of 7 misfits who try to help the town fight back against an army of bad guys.

The story is very straightforward. The character development is excellent. 9 main roles are researched and formed into people we care about. There is a lot of horseback riding, a lot of shooting, a lot of killing, along with some burning and explosions. It earned its PG-13 rating. I liked everything about this movie more than the original that I watched on Turner Classic Movies just the other day, with the exception of the musical score. The story is believable in front of an outstanding backdrop of the Rocky Mountains during the Wild West era. This is one of the best westerns I have seen in a long time. I loved it. 5 out of 5 stars.

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Movie Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West **

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A Million Ways to Die in the West” is a satirical sex-filled wild west shoot-’em-up romantic comedy that tells the story of a ridiculed sheep farmer who hates his life and spends most of his time enumerating the many ways he might die in the west during the late 1800s. His girlfriend dumps him and he tries to win her back by enlisting the help of a beautiful mystery woman. They fall in love, but she fails to tell him that her husband is a notorious gunslinger. A showdown in the presence of the entire town brings about the final resolution.

This is a humorous movie that takes on a lot of familiar western movie cliches and puts a modern spin on them. Lots of sex jokes, some potty humor, a bit of drug use, and a lot of graphic death scenes while telling a love story. A couple of dance numbers were well done. The all-star cast does a good job of portraying the lighter side of western movies while telling a simple love story. Sarah Silverman, Liam Neesom, and Charlize Theron were outstanding in their roles. I thought Seth MacFarlane’s acting was weak. Several recognizable celebrities made cameo appearances that were an unexpected treat. A bonus scene after “The End” and an additional scene following the credits made it worthwhile to stay until the completion of the final reel. I laughed out loud quite a few times, chuckled a lot, and got squeamish on several occasions. I wanted this to be the funniest movie I have seen in a long time. That didn’t work out. I was mildly entertained. Just 2 out of 5 stars from me.