Considering that the original was an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, one of the things that I’m kind of curious about is how much credit will be given to that movie when it comes to this modern remake of John Sturges’s 1960 movie The Magnificent Seven.
Another question that I have is just how much of the epic nature of both of the previous versions of these films this new movie will be able to capture. When you consider that Samurai clocks in at 207 minutes, and the 60s version runs 128, will the new version be given the same chance to breathe and take some time developing its varied cast, or will it be choked down to a shorter running time and simply be another action-filled modern retelling?
There’s obviously no doubting the strength of the cast assembled here, what with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke headlining in front of the camera, and I trust the skill of Antoine Fuqua to give us great set pieces of action, but I really hope he’ll step a bit beyond what seems to be his comfort zone and really take advantage of the opportunity to give us a newly legendary take on the tale.
Of course, we’re just going to have to wait until the movie actually hits theaters to get the answers to these questions, but in the meantime, I highly recommend while you’re waiting to see this, going back and taking a new look at both of the earlier versions. Especially if you’ve never seen either of them before. You’ll find them both worth the time.
Here’s the trailer: