First trailer for “The Magnificent Seven” (+new images)

I seek righteousness, but I’ll take revenge


With announcement of every reboot, remake, revisiting and reimagining, there always comes the question of “Is it necessary?”.

Often the answer is a strident and uncompromising “NO”. Worse still is the fact that even after the film is released, after the dust has settled and the hype has dyed down, the answer mostly remains unchanged. Sometimes, we’ll stand corrected, as with 2015’s bombastic and universally adored Mad Max: Fury Road, but that’s a rarity.
I’m choosing to be cautiously optimistic about this one though; I love a good western, Mauro Fiore (of Avatar fame) is DoP and Nic Pizzolatto, novelist and writer of True Detective is writing the script. On the flipside, I have never cared for any of Antoine Fuqua’s films. Southpaw was pointless and The Equaliser was forgettable (but good), to name his most recent.
The Magnificent Seven is one of the all time great films, so naturally, I’m skeptical, but I’m pretty sold on the cast. Reports state that the story will not be a retreading of old ground, but a reimagined new story.

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Denzel Washington in the lead supported by Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Manuel Garcia Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier are the Magnificent Seven

 

If you’re still not sold, then check out the first trailer,

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Denzel Washington as Sam Chisolm, the leader of the Seven. Chris Pratt as Josh Farraday, a gambler and lover of explosives.

What’s interesting to me about this image is its subversion of an archetypal western trope (a subversion that was also present in the 1960 original): Bad guys wear black hats.
This image in the context of any classic western would tell you everything you need to know; the man in black is the bad guy and the man in white/brown is our hero. Not the case here.

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Left to Right: Vincent D’onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia Rulfo, Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Lee-Byung Hun
Here we have our first image of The Seven. It’s great to see an ensemble featuring actors who are a bit older and look a bit more grizzled, that was a cool thing about the westerns of old: the actors were ageing and craggy and that lent some realism to the story.

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I can practically hear Denzel doing his understanding but potentially violent thing here. “Awlraat, I understand you’re mad, but sit yo ass down and we’ll settle thing like men, uh huh”


The Magnificent Seven
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Distributor: MGM and Columbia
Release Date: September 23rd


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