DETROIT (WWJ) – I’ve never really been a big fan of western movies, but that’s all changed now, thanks to Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt.

Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt star in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures' THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.

Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt star in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures’ THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.

I’ll explain by starting with Denzel. He’s a superstar who just commands attention and lights up the screen. And, Pratt is not only good looking, he’s funny, and in “The Magnificent Seven,” he makes bad look very good. After the two men on opposite sides of the law team up, they join forces with five other guys that not many people would want to mess with. They’re aiming to help free the small town of Rose Creek from a corrupt businessman by the name of Bartholomew Bogue (played by Peter Sarsgaard).

Under the direction of Antoine Fuqua, this modern remake has its fair share of violence (it is a western after all), but it’s not gratuitous, and the humor sprinkled throughout helps balance out the violence. Here’s what I mean: when Josh Faraday, Pratt’s character, isn’t pulling the trigger, he’s a master at card tricks, and the movie gives the audience a number of opportunities to see him at work and get in a few laughs in the process. Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), may be a hired killer, but he also has a heart, and Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio) has his sentimental and funny moments, as well.

“The Magnificent Seven” come together after Emma Cullen’s (Haley Bennett) husband is murdered by Bogue’s henchmen. She hires bounty hunter Sam Chism, portrayed by Washington, who brings the group together and serves as their leader. Once the seven men join forces, they go about figuring out how to defeat Bogue and his army, or they realize they’re going to die trying.

“The Magnificent Seven” is definitely a guy’s movie, but as pointed out above, there are plenty of reasons the ladies may just want to go along.

See you at the movies!

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