The remake of 1960s The Magnificent Seven looks like it will be a blockbuster hit. Especially, with many calling for more diversity in Hollywood after #OscarsSoWhite. With it’s cast led by Denzel Washington and Black director Antoine(great name) Fuqu0, the film looks like a shinning example of how diversity can result in exceptional films.
In a world of Marvel Vs DC Superhero movie’s a blockbuster western would have been a welcomed surprise. Yes, ‘Would have been a surprise’, if it were not for Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Hateful Eight. Which both set the path for the resurgence of the western Genre. Tarantino set the standard and gave the reassurance that movie goers do want to see more western films. Django Unchained grossed – $162,805,434 US / $425.4M worldwide.
However, even before those two critically acclaimed films hit our screens, the Coen Brothers released a remake of True Grit. Which was a prime example of how an original film can be honored and improved.
Although, The Magnificent Seven’s Director, Antoine Fuquo, has a far harder task than The Coen Brothers. True Grit’s 1969 original was a good movie. But, 1960s The Magnificent Seven is an all time classic movie!
1960’s The Magnificent Seven starred, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Yul Brynner, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz as an unlikely squad of gunmen hired to protect a small Mexican village from a faction of savage bandits steered by Eli Wallach. The new film follows a similar plot and casts some big names to fill those big cowboy boots.
With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
Thankfully, the trailer and the movie seem to show that the 2016 version looks the match the high standard of the classic.
Antoine Fuquo’s previous directorial highlights include Training Day, Southpaw, Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer.
FYI The Magnificent Seven is a remake of a remake. Not many people know that the 1960 film by John Sturges was based on the original directed by Akira Kurosawa’s called ‘Seven Samurais’ (1954).
However, both films are classics in their own right. Here’s the original trailer for the 1960 version: not the cheesy sound track
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