Chris Pratt returned to the big screen last weekend in yet another iconic reboot: The Magnificent Seven. Pratt starred alongside Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio in this Western reboot that may actually be good enough to reinvigorate the whole Western genre.
Chris Pratt has had so many remarkable roles in the past few years, and The Magnificent Seven is truly the icing on the cake. Pratt has starred in a plethora of Hollywood's biggest movies recently, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, and The LEGO Movie. While his break-out role was technically Andy in Parks and Recreation, his break-out in film is primarily seen as 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy.
In this film, he played Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star Lord, a outlaw & thief who traveled the Galaxy looking for money and women, before forming the Guardians of the Galaxy to begin a life of good. At one point in the film, Quill lists a name of many of the outlaws from his planet whom he idolizes.
Among these names was Billy the Kid, the notorious outlaw / bandit of the Old West. But what's interesting is that Billy the Kid (or at least a variant of Billy the Kid) actually appears in the 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven.
The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easter Egg in 'The Magnificent Seven'
Near the beginning of The Magnificent Seven, Chris Pratt's character Josh Faraday is kidnapped by an outlaw named Billy, who hints that he is a younger Billy the Kid. While he is not as grand of an outlaw as the Billy the Kid we know of today, it appears that this is Billy before he reaches the height of his infamy.
During this scene, Josh escapes Billy the Kid by killing his brother and shooting the edge of Billy's ear off. It is a quick fight, but it perfectly sets up Chris Pratt's character for the rest of the film.
What Does This Easter Egg Mean?
This inclusion of Billy the Kid was most likely an intentional reference to Guardians of the Galaxy, but with intent to do more than simply reference.
By having Faraday outwit Billy the Kid, they not only showed that he was better than the West's best known criminal — they also showed that Faraday was a bigger badass than Pratt's previous character, Peter Quill. Reading between the lines, we can infer that Quill idolized Billy the Kid; Quill's outlaw lifestyle was inspired by Billy, after all. Faraday, on the other hand, literally blew Billy's ear off. Like it or not, Josh Faraday is Chris Pratt's most badass character yet.
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Overall, The Magnificent Seven was an entertaining movie. While Westerns may not be the biggest trend anymore, The Magnificent Seven could lead a sea-change on that front. As usual, Chris Pratt nailed his role, and that alone makes the movie worth seeing.
Have you seen The Magnificent Seven yet? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!