by John Hamilton
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recent movie news, there has been an announcement that a certain classic film
franchise will be given a remake with a whole new cast. No, I’m not talking
about Ghostbusters; I’m talking about
the remake of theThe Magnificent Seven.
those unaware: The Magnificent Seven
was a 1960 western directed by the very underrated John Sturges. The story
tells of seven gunmen who are hired by members of a poor Mexican village to chase away a
bandit named Calvera (Eli Wallach) who has been harassing people and stealing
their food and crops.
movie was not just a traditional shoot ‘em up western; it was a film that took
advantage of having seven characters and giving them all unique backstories.
It’s also a film that is along the lines of George Stevens’s Shane, in that it’s a movie that doesn’t
glorify the gunfighter’s life. It shows that each of them lead a rather
unfulfilled life as a constant weary traveler.
also boasts a cast of legends. There’s Academy Award winner Yul Brynner as the
cool and collected leader Chris; Steve McQueen as the drifting gunman Vin;
Charles Bronson as the penniless and kid-friendly hired gun Bernardo O’Reilly;
the voice of Mr. Waternoose in Monsters
Inc. James Coburn as the silent knifesman Britt; and the late and great
Wallach as Calvera the bandit.
has one of the best scores ever composed for a movie by Elmer Bernstein. Even
if you’ve never seen the film you’ll recognize the music.
like any film being remade, there will be a small crowd of people crying havoc and
wanting to let slip the dogs of war, because there have been a lot of cases in
which remakes haven’t turned out too spectacular. But many people often forget
that The Magnificent Seven was actually
a remake itself. It’s a western version of Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai. It would technically
later be remade by Pixar in A Bug’s Life.
long since went astray from being the angry Cinephile who went on long rants
about how “Hollywood sucks,” and “Movies aren’t as good as they used to be,”
and other such nonsense. Now these days I keep an open mind and to wait and see
the film before I say anything.
to direct the film is Antoine Fuqua, whose resume includes: The Equalizer, an adaptation of the hit
1980s show; 2004’s King Arthur; and Training Day, the film that earned
Denzel Washington his second Academy Award win. Not a bad choice. I won’t claim
he’s the best director, but he’s far from terrible. It could be worse; they
could have Jonathan Liebesman directing it.
have already been a couple casting choices made, including the aforementioned
Denzel Washington, his Training Day co-star
Ethan Hawke and even Star-Lord himself Chris Pratt has apparently signed on. That’s
a pretty good cast in my book. But I’m just trying to imagine who else would be
involved: Maybe they could get Jeremy Renner for one of the seven, and maybe a
great character actor of today like Jon Bernthal, Steve Zahn or Barry Pepper. There
are loads of possibilities.
see no problem in having Washington play the part of Chris the leader. In the
original film, Chris is very calm and collected but just as intense, and a
one-liner from him can let you know things mean business. I think Washington is
perfectly capable of that.
From what I’ve heard, the plot is slightly different from the original.
Apparently it’s about a widow (Haley Bennett) who hires Chris to help avenge
the death of her husband who died at the hands of a gold baron and his thugs
who have taken over her town. It could work and it’s a nice update to the
conclude: I’m sure the original 1960 film will remain superior, and a favorite
of mine, but I am kind of looking forward to seeing this film and what it has
to offer. Let’s not lose our heads and let’s see what the film has to offer. I
hope it’s at least better than The
Magnificent Seven Ride (1972).
0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
Go prepared to laugh with little letup. A single actor/athlete uses well-honed skills to both re-tell and lampoon Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film, 'The Seven Samurai,' in which good prevails over evil but at great cost to both losers and winners.