In theaters now is none other than The Magnificent Seven, a remake to the 1960 classic western. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, The Magnificent Seven tells the tale of a band of outlaws coming together in order to a save a small town. This western has many merits to it, such as the film’s action, but one factor that stood out to me in this remake was its ensemble, particularly the seven.
The group of outlaws were quite the cast of characters, as each of them stood out in their own way. The world of movie is no stranger to the concept of characters teaming up to take on major threats as it has been used in a variety of ways, from action stars coming together to superheroes assembling. In conjunction with the release of The Magnificent Seven, here are just a few movie teams that have come together on the silver screen.
4. The Fellowship Of The Ring
In 2001 JRR Tolkien’s epic came to the silver screen and became a cherished film series for moviegoers. The story of The Lord of the Rings follows Frodo Baggins, who is tasked to destroy the ring of power before the forces of Mordor can claim it. In order to destroy the ring, Frodo is joined by other inhabitants of Middle Earth, including the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), the hobbits Sam (Sean Astin), Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd), the ranger Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), the elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom), the dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) and the warrior Boromir (Sean Bloom).
Together, this group became the Fellowship of the Ring. While the group was only together for one movie, the group made an impression on me. Even though some members had more development than others, each of the Fellowship had something to offer to the group while being able to work in sync as a team. This was definitely prevalent in the Moria scenes. The Fellowship has always been a shining example of a cinematic team, as not only did every character stand, out but they were a fluent unit.
3. Ocean’s Eleven
Along with the Fellowship, another group that hit the scene in 2001: Ocean’s Eleven. Based on the 1960 film, Ocean’s Eleven was about Danny Ocean bringing a group together to pull off a major heist on a casino and its owner. Alongside Ocean were members such as Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), Linus Cadwell (Matt Damon), Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle), Frank Catton (Bernie Mac), Turk Malloy (Scott Caan), Virgil Malloy (Casey Affleck), Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner), Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), Livingston Dell (Eddie Jeminson) and the Amazing Yen (Shaobo Qin).
The Ocean’s Eleven were certainly a cast of characters. Each member had a role to play in the group and each of them stood out in their own way. Yet, I felt that because of the story centered on the likes of Danny and Rusty, it could be difficult for the group to truly feel like a coherent unit. Despite this, Ocean’s Eleven manage to be a fun ensemble that brought an intriguing dynamic to the likes of heist films.
2. The Expendables
For years, action fans contemplated what it would be like to see stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Jason Statham together in one film. Well, moviegoers finally got their wish with the action blockbuster series The Expendables. The film told the story of mercenary team led by Barney Ross (Stallone) who were task to take on dangerous missions. Among the team were the likes of Lee Christmas (Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) and Toll Road (Randy Couture).
The movie was packed with big names, but despite this (and appearances from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger), the Expendables was not the most engaging of movie teams. True each characters had their moments to shine, but many of them got lost in the thick of things, which led to the team feeling like a mixed batch rather than a coherent unit. While it looked good on paper, the Expendables were not the strongest of teams to come together on the silver screen.
1. The Avengers
If there has been one groups that has brought a new meaning ensemble teams, it would have to be none other than Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: The Avengers. The Marvel team finally came to silver screen in 2012 as the likes of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) join forces to take on Loki and an alien invasion.
While the movie may not have changed the wheel when it came to concept of team-ups, The Avengers still used the idea to its fullest. Each Avenger brought something to the blockbuster and when they were together it felt like something special. Even in the film’s sequel, Age of Ultron, the chemistry between the team was still there as they truly felt like an ensemble. While many ensembles have had strong outings on the silver screen, The Avengers have helped redefined the idea, and that has made Earth’s Mightiest Heroes one of the best teams to ever assemble on the silver screen.
The idea of teams have played in role in many movies and the concept will not be going away anytime soon. While the movies will be treated to the likes of the Avengers reuniting in future films, other groups such as the Justice League are heading to the silver screen and will no doubt try their best to be another cinematic ensemble to remember. Whether it is the Avengers or the Fellowship, the idea of ensemble teams will continue to be major factor for movies, and that has definitely been made apparent thanks to the likes of The Magnificent Seven.
Make sure to check out The Magnificent Seven in theaters now. Which ensemble cast do you think is the most memorable?