The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Critic Consensus: The Magnificent Seven never really lives up to the superlative in its title -- or the classics from which it draws inspiration -- but remains a moderately diverting action thriller on its own merits.
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As things build toward the long, bloody and by-the-numbers (if ably staged) showdown, it's hard not to mourn for the film this could have been, considering the assemblage of talent.
The Magnificent Seven is an awkward milestone in Hollywood's ongoing and urgent conversation about representation.
The most rousing moment in The Magnificent Seven comes after the action has already concluded, when the credits roll to the emphatic accompaniment of Elmer Bernstein's iconic 1960 score.
Traces of real history are hard to spot in Fuqua's Western, but there isn't much evidence of a real Western, either. You sense that an entire genre, far from being revitalized, is being plundered for handy tips.
If body count is what you go to Westerns for, by all means drift into this one's corral.
The scenery and cinematography are eye-boggling. New Mexico is the go-to location for primal sunsets, majestically pillared cliffs and a light that leads to eternity. When your eyes stray to the battles and shoot-outs, they're pretty good too.
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Of course there had to be a remake of one of the greatest western movies of all times, you can't blame them for trying. And for most of the time, this film works. The characters are interesting enough, the shootouts cool, the story is no straight remake but uses only the basic premise of the original. In the end it just doesn't have the charm, the unique atmosphere and setting of the original. Especially the main bad guy falls short, he's just an asshole, but not particularly threATENING. At least who survives the film is partially surprising. and some shots look really beautiful. The Original is still the far superior film.
The remake of the famed-western doesn't offer up anything revitalizing or innovative to make it superior but does supply enough in its third-act to make for a solid shoot-em-up effort. The Magnificent Seven provides a good amount of action and charm despite its slow start and predictability; regardless, an entertaining flick with a star-drenched team to revel in. 3.5/5
If there is an issue I have with this remake is that these mercenaries become heroes fighting for justice too fast, but all that is compensated by how thrilling and intense it is, with amazing visuals and a production design that makes it look like a true throwback to classic Westerns.
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