Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven has received a lot of money Thursday night. It has earned almost $2 million dollars on its Thursday night opening. Given that this is one of the seasons where tons of remakes and reboots come out, it is worth noting that other than the name and the setting, The Magnificent Seven is quite different from the 1960 remake of Seven Samurai. The characters are different. Therefore, no one is playing Charles Bronson, James Coburn. Other than being the leader, Denzel Washington’s character is nothing like the character played by Yul Brynner.
While it is interesting that the film got a PG-13 given the director and the type of story that was filmed, it is worth noting that the earlier film that was released in 1960 was not that gruesome. While there were scenes of bloodletting in the film, it was nothing that would’ve given it an R rating even by today’s MPAA standards. Therefore, the PG-13 is nothing to be worried about. The Magnificent Seven is supposed to be a heroic representation of seven heroes. There are also intense sequences of violence during the shoot out scenes which are pleasing enough for the adult audiences.
The Magnificent Seven is now playing in movie theaters nationwide. With Denzel Washington in the film, it is certain that the film is going to be a hit. For one thing, Denzel himself is a box office draw. He has starred in plenty of other successful films such as The Equalizer. Even Safe House which was probably one of the mediocre hits have filled a bunch of rooms when it was released. Denzel has the charisma and the screen presence in order to keep the audience captivated.
The Maginificent Seven also stars Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and plenty of other stars. Ethan Hawke has worked with Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington before. He has starred along with Denzel Washington on Training Day. He has also worked under Antoine Fuqua in Brooklyn’s Finest.