Will Magnificent Seven prove to be a worthy remake?
Hollywood’s obsession with remakes does not seem to be ending any time soon. The least we can hope for is that they at least bring something fresh to the films they are attempting to reinvent.
With the fall movie season looming over us, one of the most anticipated films of the season is set to be released towards the end of this month, which actually happens to be a remake of a remake (originality in tinsel-town is in short demand these days); The Magnificent Seven.
An update of the 1960 John Sturges western of the same name, (which was in-turn a remake of the landmark Samurai epic, Seven Samurai from Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa), The Magnificent Seven feels like a more kinetic and action-heavy reinvention of the classic western (judging by the trailer). Explosions, galloping horses, gunslingers and some fun, light-hearted banter can be seen in the picture.
The cast is pretty stellar too. The movie has Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Haley Bennett, Matt Bomer and Vincent D’Onofrio, and Training Day’s director, Antoine Fuqua, taking the reins behind the camera (this is his third collaboration with Denzel Washington).
And while Fuqua doesn’t have the most successful track-record (Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer were definite disappointments) he knows how to direct action and get great performances out of his actors. He proved with Southpaw that he’s a director who can elevate a film even if the source-material is familiar and somewhat predictable.
It’s also worth noting that the screenplay is written by none other than True Detective writer and creator, Nic Pizzolatto, so that’s definitely another added bonus.
For those unfamiliar with the plot, it’s fairly simple: nasty bad guys threaten a town, who hire a band of misfit outlaws, bounty hunters, and gunmen to save the day.
The western genre has been experiencing a bit of resurgence in recent years, thanks (largely in part) to Quentin Tarantino and his two recent films, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. This might not be something along those lines, but if anything, it should be an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours at the movies.
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