Magnificent Seven reaffirms the worst of remakes – it’s an empty uninspired studio movie banking on expired nostalgia.
The Magnificent Seven does have a few offerings to entice today’s audience. There’s a mixture of veterans and new faces to lure audiences that are old enough to be familiar with the original and younger ones who don’t.
Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard and Vincent D’Onofrio – all of whom many people must have watched at some point – is mixed with recently popular Star Lord Christ Pratt and Storm Shadow Byung-Hun Lee, plus lesser-known veteran actors Luke Grimes, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier.
It’s a diverse cast that also includes a strong independent woman. But these just bait to fool people into thinking that this is a new take on the original. As what Cam Gigandet’s appearance in films indicates, expectations ought to be kept low.
The Magnificent Seven follows the standard ensemble boilerplate – a group of noble vagabonds band together and fights a villain – without making any risk nor effort to stray from the safety confines of formula.
Remakes can be enjoyable enough when done right, but Westerns can only be stretched so far. This Magnificent Seven remake doesn’t really offer anything new for today’s audiences, that you might as well watch the classic.
If you have disposable income and low expectations, Magnificent Seven can be distracting enough thanks to the performances of its cast. Other than that, it’s remake fodder designed to make money from new audiences who want to see Chris Pratt shoot people.