Would you like a hot, sexy shot of testosterone? Rent The Magnificent Seven. Seriously. Even if you don’t like westerns. The only reason I saw this movie is because I had to in a class. And I wanted to skip that night. I’m so glad I didn’t. Not only was I blown away by this movie, but I had the chance to meet the man who created the music, Mr. Elmer Bernstein. After the movie he discussed creating the memorable music score and answered questions. While watching the movie, I was mesmerized by the masculinity on screen. You’ll learn a lot about men watching this film:
Synopsis: A bandit terrorizes a small Mexican farming village each year. Several of the village elders send three of the farmers into the United States to search for gunmen to defend them. They end up with 7, each of whom comes for a different reason. They must prepare the town to repulse an army of over 100 bandits who will arrive wanting food.
1. If a man likes you, he will try and impress you with his abilities to produce: Chico is trying to impress a young woman with his tale of bravery. She’s completely won him over. You won’t find out how much until the end of the movie.
2. Men work hard for us. They are providers. They want to be our heroes. Charles Bronson plays O’Reilly who developes a fan following of young boys. The boys are in awe of O’Reilly’s skill as a gunman. One tells him that he thinks he is courageous, unlike his father. O’Reilly slaps him for the disrespect and says:
“Don’t you ever say that again about your fathers, because they are not cowards. You think I am brave because I carry a gun; well, your fathers are much braver because they carry responsibility, for you, your brothers, your sisters, and your mothers. And this responsibility is like a big rock that weighs a ton. It bends and it twists them until finally it buries them under the ground. And there’s nobody says they have to do this. They do it because they love you, and because they want to. I have never had this kind of courage. Running a farm, working like a mule every day with no guarantee anything will ever come of it. This is bravery. That’s why I never even started anything like that… that’s why I never will.”
The next time you want to Bitch about the long hours your man works, think about this quote. Appreciate your modern day hero.
3. Men handle problems in an unemotional, stoic way. The beyond sexy Steve McQueen plays Vin. It’s near the end of the film. To say they have reached a “snag” in their goal to protect the village is an understatement. Here is the exchange between Vin and Yul Brynner who plays “Chris.”
Vin: You know the first time I took a job as a hired gun, fellow told me, “Vin, you can’t afford to care.” There’s your problem.
Chris: One thing I don’t need is somebody telling me my problem.
Vin: Like I said before, that’s your problem. You got involved in this village and the people in it.
Chris: Do you ever get tired of hearing yourself talk?
Vin: The reason I understand your problem so well is that I walked in the same trap myself. Yeah. First day we got here, I started thinking: Maybe I could put my gun away, settle down, get a little land, raise some cattle. Things that these people know about me be to my credit – wouldn’t work against me. I just didn’t want you to think you were the only sucker in town.
Men may act stoic while resolving a problem, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care. Notice Chris gets annoyed when Vin states Chris’ problem. The whole point of Vin pointing out the problem is he wanted Chris to know he wasn’t alone in caring. They would fight on together. Remember this in an argument. It’s not about you. It’s frustrating to a man when he can’t fix something. So don’t lecture or push a man about a problem. Support him and let him know you will be there with and for him. You want a strong man? You’ve got to be a strong women for him and that’s how.
Men want to be our heroes. In our modern times things are a little different. Men don’t have to learn to shoot a gun to save their families. (Hoping!) Appreciate and support the men in your life. Give them a hug, kiss and smile happily when you see them. It will make their day. Enjoy this movie. It’s one of my favorites! Love, Goddess
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