Magnificent Seven remake: The good, the bad and the ugly
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The first trailer for the forthcoming remake of the The Magnificent Seven has arrived, and it looks rather fun as it happens.

Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier as the titular septet, and directed by Antoine Fuqua of Southpaw and Training Day fame it’s a remake of the 1960 film of the same name which starred Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn and Yul Brynner (and was itself a remake of Seven Samurai).

Let’s take a look at the preview:

The film tells the story of Rose Creek, a town under the control of an oppressive industrialist by the name of Bartholomew Bogue.

The townspeople, desperate for help, seek the protection of outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers, and hired guns. As the gang prepare for a violent showdown, the mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than just money.

But is it all fun and games? Here are reasons to be positive – and worried – about this high-profile new version of a Western classic.

The Good

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The trailer makes the film look fun, action packed, and fast paced from the off, with gunfire peppering the on-screen action in seemingly every other frame.

It also looks a tad more violent than the ’60s original. A deliberate choice by the producers to make their new project stand out from its source material? Or simply a sign of the times? And will The Magnificent Seven still garner that much sought after 12A age rating?

Either way, it looks to be a fun romp, and for someone who’s a fan of unashamed homages to the Western genre (think Red Dead Revolver‘s OTT genre tropes), the moment a giant gatling gun is revealed has to illicit a few butterflies of excitement.

The Bad

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Chris Pratt is Chris Pratt.

Maybe it’s slightly unfair to level criticism at the newly crowned mega-star – who’s carving out quite the career as a go-to action guy these days after humble beginnings in comedy. But a cheeky wink and the line “I’ve always wanted to blow something up” suggest he’s playing the same semi-comedic, lovable rogue role he’s tackled so many time before.

He’s not the only culprit though; Ethan Hawke is the same unimpressed looking character we’ve seen a hundred times previously, and Denzel Washington – who presumably leads the squad – is very much Denzel Washington.

We’re sure the cast will nail their roles, especially as they seem to be so very comfortable in them, but it would be nice to see a bit more range and something different from the talented group of actors.

The Ugly

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This very much looks like a Western in an action movie’s clothes.

Somewhat ironically, it looks as if the film is trying so hard to be a Western that it’s ended up landing quite far from its initial target, instead just being your typical action romp that happens to be set in a sand covered frontier town.

Obviously, we’re just going on a couple of minutes of footage from one trailer, but it seems The Magnificent Seven has none of the subtlety or intrigue the genre was famed for in its heyday.

We’re still might excited for this fine lookin’ Western homage though, which hits cinemas later this year.

The Magnificent Seven will hit cinemas in September.


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