Guns of the Magnificent Seven Reviews
Of the sequels, this script and story are probably the best. But I never bought George Kennedy and the charismatic leader that pulls together an ill-fated motley crew for a prison break. The best thing I can compare this to is watching the Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and missing Sean Connery.
Funny how the weakest entry in the series has the best script. (2.5 out of 5) So Says the Soothsayer
As Guns of the Magnificent Seven even lacks the presence of actor Yul Brynner from the preceding two films in the series, it shows that the series has sunk to a certain point where it is bereft of nearly anything that made The Magnificent Seven a good film, taking only its famous name and Academy Award nominated music in a desperate attempt to appeal to the most die hard fans of the first film. While it does add George Kennedy to the cast a mere two years after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the prison drama film Cool Hand Luke, the damage is already done.
Guns of the Magnificent Seven is a mild improvement over its predecessor, and George Kennedy is one of the key reasons for that. While most of the cast in Guns of the Magnificent Seven are forgettable, the presence of George Kennedy is enjoyable. Thanks to his iconic voice and his easy way to step into the heroic role of Chris Adams, George Kennedy makes a strong cowboy hero for Guns of the Magnificent Seven and he puts up a good fight as a weapon toting gunfighter. George Kennedy steps into the role essentially as well as Yul Brynner did because he puts the same kind of charisma and gritty edge to his words into the role. The only reason that George Kennedy doesn't triumph Yul Brynner is because he did not originate the character and is relied on too much in the film, as well as the fact that the material presented to him is obviously crap, so he doesn?t have all that much to work with. But for what it's worth, he does more than Guns of the Magnificent Seven really deserves and therefore makes the film slightly better, although not really enough to call it entertainment.
And the other entertaining aspects of Guns of the Magnificent Seven are the fact that although it uses a recycled musical score, the music in Guns of the Magnificent Seven is appealing enough to capture the atmosphere of the story and the scale of the film. And its visual aspects are decent as well because the scenery is greatly convincing in capturing the convincing nature of the west while the cinematography gets the feel of it all just right. Plus the costumes make everything feel a little bit more believable.
And the action is quite entertaining. The cinematography captures the action scenes really well and it is all strongly edited, as well as maintaining strong editing of firm sound effects and a good use of the musical score. And the quantity of action is decent as well as it takes a step up from its predecessor Return of the Magnificent Seven and ties more into its running time of 105 minutes so that there is a better balance between the random dramatic themes and climactic action moments. Guns of the Magnificent Seven is certainly entertaining during its action scenes, and if the film was solely focused on them and George Kennedy then it could have been a much greater film than it was.
But still, Guns of the Magnificent Seven collapses under the weight of its negative qualities, essentially the same negative qualities that come from every other generic western film.
Among the few reasons that Guns of the Magnificent Seven transcend the quality of its predecessor are the fact that its story is not a desperate rehash of its predecessor. As the series has lost all of its importance and cultural relevance and merely sunk into being a generic series of western films, Guns of the Magnificent Seven is the first in the series to attempt to stand its own ground, although it really should not have the name of the series. Unfortunately, it cannot stand because it is nothing but another formulaic western entry into the series. Although thanks to the theme of the action and the fact that the movie was filmed in Spain it can be characterised as a spaghetti western, it isn't easy to characterise it as a good one.
Like its predecessor, the story is not compelling. It doesn't attempt to desperately copy the first film in The Magnificent Seven series, but doesn't make an effort to be original either. The story does borrow elements from the preceding two films lightly, but it doesn't make an effort to have a compelling story at its grip so it is hard to really find yourself enjoying a film like Guns of the Magnificent Seven. Only fans of the most simplistic and generic western films are likely to enjoy Guns of the Magnificent Seven because its generic cowboy characters and basic plot give it nothing to allow it to stand out from a crowd. I didn't hate the film or find it that annoying, but I certainly found it to be a boring film because of its repetitive nature and lack of surprises. You can't expect surprises from Guns of the Magnificent Seven, but if you know what constitutes a formulaic western film then you should be able to expect everything else. Guns of the Magnificent Seven fails to transcend the generic western roots it is trapped within, and so audiences entertainment value will occur as such, but Guns of the Magnificent Seven is certainly not a western film that I would find myself recommending to anybody except for the strongest George Kennedy fans.
So Guns of the Magnificent Seven is an improvement over its predecessor due to a higher quantity of decent action scenes and the presence of George Kennedy in the lead role, but aside from that Guns of the Magnificent Seven is simply another generic entry into the series without a great plot or enough entertainment value to truly be a good viewing experience.
* The Magnificent Seven (1960)
* Return Of the Magnificent Seven (1966)
* The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972)
A slick talking young Mexican revolutionary talks the leader of his organization into investing $600 to hire some American outlaws to help their cause. The American accept the money and join the revolutionaries in hopes of rescuing their captured leader and helping the Mexicans earn their freedom.
"Have fun with both of your wives."
Paul Wendkos, director of Fear No Evil, Gidget, Face of a Fugitive, The Underground Man, Honor Thy Father, and The Bad Seed, delivers Guns of the Magnificent Seven. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward and common for the western genre. The script was okay but the characters were a bit under developed. The cast delivered solid performances for the genre and includes George Kennedy, James Whitmore, Bernie Casey, Monte Markham, and Joe Don Baker.
"He was sick...a bullet in his belly."
We were huge fans of the original Magnificent Seven picture so we decided to give this picture a shot. This picture was interesting and had some great action sequences and characters; however, the characters could have been better developed. Overall, this is a worthwhile western picture but does not live up to the previous Magnificent Seven picture.
"Buffalo Bill? Never heard of him."