“The Magnificent Seven” Remake Sparks the Original

“The Magnificent Seven” is an American western film set in 1879 that premiered on September 26, 2016. The movie is essentially a remake of the 1960s version “The Magnificent Seven”, which was originally based off the 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai.

The Magnificent Seven, a remake of the 1960s version and was released in theatres on September 26. The movie stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and many other famous actors. The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua and produced by Roger Birnbaum and Todd Black.

The movie opens with an intense scene. Assumingly on a Sunday morning, the town pope walks into the church and begins an argument regarding land ownership rights. Matthew Cullen, played by Matt Bomber tries to stand up to the pope, but sadly gets shot later. The opening scene ends with the government burning down the church, which starts the action of the film. This ultimately leads to  war. The Magnificent Seven introduces the hardships that people faced after The American Revolution on the western side.

Compared to the 1960 version of The Magnificent Seven, the 2016 version cast is diverse. The 2016 version features African-American, Korean, and Mexican characters. Fuqua wanted a diverse cast so that the story can relate accurately to American’s history.

Overall, personally I had mixed views about the film. I enjoyed the skillful acting from the cast and the violent, action-packed scenes. The theme of the film was important and it’s worth watching. A few negatives would be the length of the film, and the repetitive scenes. Although this isn’t the worst film I have seen, I would rate “The Magnificent Seven” a 7 out of 10.


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