The Adequate Seven
Snoogans - wrote on 09/26/16
'The Magnificent Seven' is the competent remake of the 60's classic that respects the original, but also doesn't try much new. Really, the only differences between this and the original is the reasonings behind the groups formation, the changes in characters and the added level of on-screen violence. That's pretty much it. What this film lacks over it's counterpart is humanity and empathy. The seven main characters, while portrayed by immensely talented actors, are only memorable for their trademarks. There isn't an ounce of comroadarie between them outside of a couple of short sequences of them joking around. I had some fun watching their antics, but I never felt I was having fun along with them. It made me care less when members of the crew were to eventually die. There also wasn't much emphasis on the heroics of their actions. It mostly devolves into: "look at these badasses and their cool moves". In that regard, it delivers action-wise. The stylistic shootouts are very well shot/directed and implements(almost entirely) practical stunt-work. It's rousing in a classic sense, while being a more edgy modern bloody affair. The violence brings the PG-13 rating back to it's original harder intent. Only other gripe would have to be with the cliched one-note villain. Sarsgard gives a nice slimy performance, but there's next to nothing happening with his character. He doesn't give me that rise of hate like the villain in the original did. All in all, this is a competently made and entertaining enough modern western that will surely please most anyone just looking for those basic needs.