People often say that today’s films are either a mix of comic book movies, remakes, or sequels, and nothing original gets made. Of course this is an over-generalization, though is semi accurate for the big blockbuster films that Hollywood makes. But let’s be fair, we love to see big spectacle, and only huge action, adventure, and superheroes can justify a 150-200 million dollar budget these days. So I for one have no issue with this, as great indie films are still being made, so why can’t we have both?
Though we also have to remember, that other than superhero films, it’s not like sequels and remakes are only a thing of our times. The Magnificent Seven is a perfect example of this, which is a remake of the 1960 film of the same name, which in turn is a remake of a the 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. This has been happening for decades. Though Seven Samurai is one of those archetypal stories that kinds of has been told so many times in various forms that it’s almost over used.
The downtrodden kid fighting off the bullies, The Karate Kid is an example. The loan warrior defending others from the local gang, The Road Warrior is an example. The dishevelled motley crew fighting off a greater force, Aliens is an example. All these films in some form tell the same story, just in different forms. So with a remake of the Magnificent Seven, I went in not caring at all that it’s based off films that have come before, and instead just wanted to see a good film.
The film itself, despite me really wanting to have a clean-slate, did have a bit of a smell of the overused ideas it’s based on. It threw a few unique things into the mix, but overall it just couldn’t shake the over familiarity. Some of the early direction felt a little clumsy, and though the action set pieces were nicely done, overall it just felt ok. Was I expecting more? Not sure in hindsight, as technically it did everything it was meant to. Sadly though that doesn’t help much when you just think it was pretty average all up.
7 out of 10 from me!!!