The old saying goes that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Ben-Hur, anyone? Not content to let sleeping dogs lie, Antoine Fuqua follows prevailing winds currently battering screens all over the world by remaking John Sturges’ 1960 Steve McQueen/Yul Brynner classic The Magnificent Seven, itself a Hollywood iteration of Akira Kurosawa’s seminal masterpiece Seven Samurai. Lack of originality aside, Fuqua’s latest suffers in a pedestrian opening half with predictable storytelling, surface-level character development, and ropey script but explodes – literally – into life with a spectacular extended showdown sequence that exhibits the director’s vision, skill, and flair in crafting stellar action.
The Magnificent Seven in out on 23rd September – read my full review for Candid Magazine here!