The Magnificent Seven tells the story of seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.

To be quite honest, I haven’t seen the original by directed by John Sturgess. I was never a fan of western films and was forced to watch them throughout my time at film school, despising any minute of it. Even without seeing the original, this retelling was merely an “okay” seven instead. Though it boasts a well rounded cast of various different backgrounds and not entirely white, the journey was alright as a whole but nothing new despite it’s attempts at entertainment and playing into the typical cliches of the genre.

The dialogue often at times was awkward and jokes often landed flat. I miss Chris Pratt being able to have some sort of comedic freedom in his role while also maintaing the action persona he seems to be building since his casting in Guardians of the Galaxy. Denzel Washington does show his usual onscreen charisma and easily fits into the role of leading a rag-tag group in helping defending a town. The other characters were almost shamedly forgettable. Nothing made me want to remember them or this film for that matter.

If you’re going to re-make a film, at least do a decent job otherwise don’t bother and get back to writing original scripts.

Film-O-Meter: 5/10.


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