What Is It: The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 western starring Yul Brynner and Steven McQueen, which itself was a remake of the 1954 Akira Kurosawa classic Seven Samurai. These seven are an updated multiracial cast for a modern America, lead by Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua. The basic premise of seven guns for hire coming together to protect a town remains the same.
My Experience: I have been anxiously awaiting this movie since it was announced way back with a completely different cast. I love the original film and even the two season television series on CBS very few of you probably watched. I love westerns. However, this was the first western I had seen in theaters and was a little startled by the audience being a much older demographic than I'm used to. The movie had technical issues to begin, so we were treated to a trailer for Deepwater Horizon with audio from an ad for the Metropolitan Opera. But the action sequences on the big screen were definitely worth the wait.
Why You Should See It: If you like westerns, this will not disappoint you. There isn't a complicated plot or a ton of character development, but it's fun. The characters are mostly likeable and all interesting. Chris Pratt of course rides in with swagger and charisma to spare. It really plays out like a superhero film set in the old west with a good and a bad side fighting it out in one big battle. The stunts are something to behold though. The entire film is visual eye candy.
The Future: The original The Magnificent Seven film inspired some awful sequels, but there's been no word yet on whether Sony will be taking the same route with this one. Hopefully it does inspire a resurgence of the Western genre.