I have wanted to see this movie for a while. I love the cast, I love the original films, and I tend to really like Antoine Fuqua. Unfortunately, as is the case with most remakes, this one fails to live up to its predecessor.
The film still does a lot of things right that were so great in the original film. The sympathy for the townspeople, and therefore, their protectors, is still there. What the remake didn't get right was that the villain was nowhere near as complex as that of the original. Peter Sarsgaard overacted greatly, and the character was written to be clichéd. The motive for his character was removed and replaced with greed. I didn't like this change. The chemistry between Ethan Hawke and Byung-hun Lee is a welcome addition, though. Regardless, the film is still enjoyable. It has a likable story, and the comedic relief is really well-done.
The cinematography is still really nice, but it looks a bit unrealistic. The film has more of an artificial feel to it, rather than feeling like it is a western film. It would have been cool if the film were shot on 35mm instead. The score is also much less effective than the original. Its suspense building isn't as effective as the original, and the iconic theme doesn't appear in its true form until the credits.
So overall, "The Magnificent Seven" was a good, but not great remake. It wasn't really necessary, and it will probably be ultimately forgettable, but I did enjoy it at the time.
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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