“The Magnificent Seven”

A Look at the Movies

Rated PG-13

2 hours 10 minutes

Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Vincent D’Onofrio

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – When seven mercenaries ride the vengeance trail re-living one of Hollywood’s most beloved westerns, I held my breath hoping they honored the original.

I’m happy to say, for the most part, Denzel Washington’s “Magnificent Seven” takes pride in its pedigree.

If it’s crisp, rapid fire action you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right town, where the outnumbered “Magnificent Seven” save the townsfolk from a vicious robber baron and his army of mercenaries.

Feisty  Haley Bennett shines, capturing their sense of loyalty. Chris Pratt was certainly designed to be the audience favorite.

While Denzel Washington’s favorite director Antoine Fuqua orchestrates some of the most rousing action scenes since the golden age of the westerns ages ago, the script is often too sketchy at times, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the original.

But the characters draw you in working on your emotions. And when you least expect it, this “Magnificent Seven” rides to the rescue of a slumbering movie season with 3 stars.

The original seven, now nearly all gone, would also nod their approval.