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The Magnificent Seven trailer has hit the ‘net. Lead Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt have some mighty big boots to fill; the 1960’s original boasted actors Yul Brynner and and Steve McQueen at their coolest. For what it’s worth, Mr. Washington is a big pro-2A guy as is Mr. Pratt, who likes shooting coyotes because “they’re a**sholes and they’ll eat your dog.” So you’re good to go. You up for this?

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  1. The Magnificent Seven was already a remake. Now a remake of a remake? Can’t Hollywood think of something new?

    • Well, at least The Magnificent Seven was a remake of a foreign film that was something less than well-known to Americans. My bigger concern would be that already referenced by RF–the whole thing has those metaphorical “big boots to fill”. EDIT: Oh, dear, I already detect the smell of political correctness…

    • To be fair it was a retelling not a remake. And, while I love a good western, they should have stuck to the traditional retelling treatment and set it in the 1940s or something. Imagine if it was instead set in Eastern Europe in 1943, and if was seven partisans saving a village from and Einsatz raid. That way evertime this story gets retold in is moved farther up in history – after all that is how you would honor Kurosawa, since he believed in the universally applicable story as he expressed in his retellings of Shakespere’s work.

      • “That way evertime this story gets retold in is moved farther up in history”

        Well, there was another retelling of the story set in the future. T’was called “Battle Beyond the Stars” and starred Richard “John Boy” Thomas and Robert “Napoleon Solo” Vaughn. Sure, it was terrible, but… um, ok, I got nothin’

    • I’m ok with remakes , today , if they stick to the script and have made a legitimate attempt to make a better flick with A list actors . The special effects are just so much improved since the 70’s , with digital added in . D. W. is an exceptional actor and this should be a great remake of a great 70’s remake .
      I list the Yul Brenner , Coburn , McQueen , Bronson , Vaughn , Wallach combo as one of the greatest , but the bright red paint for blood just don’t cut the mustard in today’s movie land .
      Coburn and the knives was classic and nobody could harp a more foreboding tune than my man Bronson . The way Brenner wore that hat was all inspiring and Eli Wallach was nearly perfect in his characters .
      Duck you sucker was also a classic in my memory , Rod Steiger was great until he became a priest and Coburn was terrific in all his flicks , my man Flint .
      Bronson was a one man crime cleaner for years and just disappeared and McQueen left us all wanting more .
      I look forward to the newest remake of this classic .

    • It’s all good; remakes of Kurosawa films are almost always good (as are the Kurosawa films), and the remakes of those are good too. For proof see Last Man Standing -> Fist Full of Dollars -> Yojimbo.

  2. This looks okay, but I stopped giving Hollywood my money a long time ago for a few reasons and don’t feel like reversing my decision.

    • It’s okay to be prejudiced (against Hollywood), but don’t be a bigot.

      This looks like typical New Hollywood over-the-top action adventure with no Mexicans (not PC), a strong woman hiring the gunfighters, a free black man as the boss, Gattling guns, canons, tomahawks…YIKES!

      This is a story of armed civilians forming a militia and taking care of business when the government can’t or won’t. What is not to like?

      My only remaining question, and I’m hoping the answer is YES is will it be in 3D?

    • I loved that one as a kid. Watched it recently with a college buddy and the cheesiness almost killed me. That and the desert south-west looking Santa Poco is surrounded by lush green hills.

    • Jefe: I have put many beautiful pinatas in the storeroom, each of them filled with little suprises.

      El Guapo: Many pinatas?

      Jefe: Oh yes, many!

      El Guapo: Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?

      Jefe: A what?

      El Guapo: A *plethora*.

      Jefe: Oh yes, you have a plethora.

      El Guapo: Jefe, what is a plethora?

      Jefe: Why, El Guapo?

      El Guapo: Well, you told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has *no idea* what it means to have a plethora.

      Jefe: Forgive me, El Guapo. I know that I, Jefe, do not have your superior intellect and education. But could it be that once again, you are angry at something else, and are looking to take it out on me?

      ~ the other Matt

  3. Cowboy guns?! Yes, yes please.

    I always think a Wild Bunch remake could be good too, it would never live up to the original, but I’d like to see it.

    • The Wild Bunch worked, IMHO, because it was over the top violent and the “good” guys were bad guys. That’s a story that’s been done to death for 40+ years now.

      And a new wild bunch would be hollywood metro’s.

      Repeat after me. Warren Oates. Ben Johnson. Ernest Borgnine. William Holden(old, drunk, beat down william holden.) Get the picture?

      • Having older actors worked very well for the Wild Bunch. Using a younger cast would be terrible in a remake.
        But I can’t name any older actors who could do it today. Are there any manly men left in movie land?

    • Could be worse. It could have been made ten years ago and you would be watching a western with Denzel Washington, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Woodie Harrelson.

    • Did anyone ever worry about Clint Eastwood or John Wayne being one-trick ponies? Who cares? Clint’s steely-eyed outsider was just fine in every single western he did.

  4. I will watch the movie just because the stars are gun guys. That’s better than watching gun haters like Liam Neeson or Daniel Craig.

  5. In the new version of TM7, Calvera is an innocent “undocumented immigrant” who’s just trying to make a living and the ‘Mericans “go a-ridin’ into town, a-whompin’ and whoopin’ every livin’ thing that moves within an inch of its life. Except the womenfolks, of course.”

    If it comes to a choice between watching Hollywood’s latest abortion or shaving my eyeballs, I’d rather shave my eyeballs with a jagged straight razor.

  6. Liked the original enough when I was a kid that I went and found the Kurosawa film they took the Idea from. Not enough good westerns for a long time, so I will go see this at the theater. In my area that is only NCG cause Regal and AMC are anti-gun jerks.

  7. Saw this earlier today. Sure- why not. Really waiting for the new Captain America opus. If it’s as good and violent as Cap 2 I’ll be OK. Sorely disappointed with the Batman/Super thing. What a long mess…

  8. This look like all other crap Hollywood been put out of late one well know star say few cheesy one liners in cowboy movie that change original story so much not worth watching. Look like some one came up Denzel said hey Denzel you acted as action hero in ever kind movie we made so let make you in one crappy western remake movie that change story beyond point of stupid. Oh Denzel how miss days when made movies worth watching.

  9. A cool remake is the Japanese retelling of Unforgiven from several years back, taking place at the same time as the original in an industrializing Hokkaido during ethnic-cleansing of the natives by Imperialists (snowy rural north, with trains, some guns, and an old grizzled swordsman played by Ken Watanabe). Very cool how many parallels this period of history has with our own dying west at the same time. Pretty much scene-for-scene from what I can tell, apart from an ending that I think is better (the tainted old killer leaves the scarred whore and brash kid his farm in exchange for raising his children in a decent home before presumably dying, redeeming all involved in a more thematic end than the original).

      • Had a really hard time finding decent subtitles when I watched it, highly important to have watched the original first, lol

        The Meiji & dying west times were very interesting for their parallels, the only real difference being the Samurai were ‘noble’ gangsters while the cowboys were ‘low down’ gangsters. Both were times of rapid & violent social change on the heals of a bloody revolution, both featured genocide of natives, both were rather lawless periods where local goons took over villages, both saw the death of romantic chivalry/Bushido, both saw defeated soldiers of the recent war left to wander, both often dealt with occupying federal soldiers abusing their powers, both feature a fairly well-armed locally-independent citizenry (be it swords, staves, or plows) being forcibly pacified/disarmed by nationalist powers in the name of ‘progress’ and democracy (even in Japan)

        I’d always thought Unforgiven was tailor made for a much-better movie adaptation of Ruroni Kenshin (sword comic about an Imperial assassin attempting to live a quiet life of atonement after a bloody campaign against the old Shogun regime), so I was glad to see it was not only attempted, but executed with a decent cast and respectable production values. I just wish they’d bothered to market it here with a quality audio dub so it could be more accessible.

  10. In 2 minutes of footage, they already revealed that this is nothing more than another politically correct morality play. As usual, the villain is a rich, White guy, the ‘Seven’ reflect cultural diversity, and there is at least one, done to death, ‘shooting while flying through the air’ scene. I’ll wait until it comes on Netflix.

    • Danny Butterman: Have you ever fired two guns whilst jumping through the air?
      Nicholas Angel: No.
      Danny Butterman: Have you ever fired one gun whilst jumping through the air?
      Nicholas Angel: No.
      Danny Butterman: Ever been in a high-speed pursuit?
      Nicholas Angel: Yes, I have.
      Danny Butterman: Have you ever fired a gun whilst in a high speed pursuit?
      Nicholas Angel: No!

      — Hot Fuzz

  11. I hope it becomes another Western classic. I hope too that it portrays the community as unable to defend themselves because the federales, the French and the Banditos all disarmed the citizens (before killing them and raping the women).

    A sequel could be made about how the village descendents became the first illegal aliens. How do you say roots in Spanish?

  12. Much respect to Denzel, but I hope they keep the entire crew from “The Equzlizer” remake the hell away from this reboot.

    Edit: oh well, too late for that wish to come true, hopefully they learned from their mistakes because they are more than capable of making a great movie.


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