Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Trailer Review: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016)

Cards on the table, folks...I haven't actually seen the original 1960 John Sturges film, The Magnificent Seven. What I HAVE seen, however, is the movie it was based on, the 1954 Akira Kurosawa classic, Seven Samurai, so this isn't a story that is altogether unfamiliar to me. Antoine Fuqua is not a director who I've paid that much attention to, with his two most notable recent movies, Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer, not really catching my attention, but I've heard alright things about them. Same goes for his earlier Training Day (the man likes working with Denzel Washington, I notice). That all being said, this trailer was actually far more impressive than I was expecting.

Check out the trailer below:

Three things immediately entered my mind. First, man, does this look like a lot of fun, but secondly, it does make me a tad worried that this movie might suffer in some regard from the same problem that plagued the recent Johnny Depp movie, the Lone Ranger, that being an over-reliance on action set pieces to sell the movie. Seven Samurai, and I would assume the original Magnificent Seven, work because the films make you invested in those characters who are fighting for the townsfolk, and I hope this movie doesn't skimp out on the character depth. Of course, the inclusion of Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke shows they have the talent, so I'm confident they can deliver.

As for the third thought? Call me old fashioned, but I couldn't help but crack a smile when "House of the Rising Sun" started playing. Part of the art of the trailer is in the music, and they chose the absolute right song for the occasion. Overall, it's a great trailer that makes me optimistic for the movie, if cautiously so. I've missed westerns as of late, the last real good one that I've seen being last year's the Hateful Eight, and 2011's True Grit before that, so this seems like a nice breath of fresh air.

The Magnificent Seven is directed by Antoine Fuqua, and stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Peter Sarsgaard, and Haley Bennett, and is scheduled to hit theaters on September 23rd later this year.

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