The Magnificent Seven

What I like about this remake is that it is gritty.  For those who don’tknow, this is the second remake of a classic tale from something told way back when. 

The original was “The Seven Samurai” directed by Akira Kurosawa in 1954 and dealt with a group of samurai in feudal Japan.

America got a hold of the story and remade it as “The Magnificent Seven” in 1960 under the direction of John Sturges.  For its time, it was considered an all-star lineup with the likes of Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Charles Bronson and Robert Vaughn.  Even back in the 1960s, sequels were big business and they had part of the troupe returning for “Return of The Magnificent Seven” in 1966. 

Fast forward quite a few years, now in 2016 we have another update of the revenge tale in Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven.” 

Haley Bennett’s recently widowed character, Emma Cullen, says that she seeks righteousness for the death of her husband, but she’ll take straight up revenge. 

The main cast includes Denzel Washington’s gunslinger extraordinaire, Chisholm, Chris Pratt’s card trick con man, Josh Faraday, Ethan Hawke’s sharpshooter, Goodnight Robincheaux, his partner and friend Byung-hung Lee as Billy Rocks, Vincent D’Onofrio’s funny sounding trapper Jack Horne, Manuel Gracia-Rulfo’s Vasquez and Martin Sensmeier’s Red Harvest.

The adversary (and jerk) of the bunch is Peter Sarsgaard’s Bartholomew Bogue, a ruthless and malevolent gunslinger.  He pulls no punches in his lackadaisical approach to death.

His character does not care about people one bit. He just looks at people as if they were insects.

Director Fuqua is right at home with his hands-on approach to the violence and death factor.  He looks at it as an everyday occurrence and feels the audience and the characters should just deal with it. 

I would recommend seeing this in the theater.  Fuqua shoots for the big screen and it shows in his careful planning and execution of shots.

Grade: B