Westerns are a rare breed in cinemas today, but if Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven is as good as the latest trailer seems to promise we may see a fresh batch of cowboy films in 2017.
Released earlier today, the new trailer for The Magnificent Seven finds a way to introduce all nine leads and reveal the story without giving away so much that you walk away feeling as if you have already seen the film in full. Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt lead a crew of mismatched heroes to help a woman seek vengeance against the man who killed her husband. They crack a lot of jokes, too. Check it out:
Looks pretty great, right? I really feel there is a chance this film could give a whole generation of young filmgoers an interest in the Western genre, and that is something our culture desperately needs. Westerns bring the human experience into focus in a way most modern stories, especially those involving superheroes, cannot duplicate. They place relatable characters in difficult situations and force them to rely on their wit, as well as the other people around them, in order to save the day. If Magnificent Seven can capture even a piece of that and share it with audiences in an engaging way Fuqua and crew may have a massive fall hit on their hands. Here’s the official synopsis:
With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
The Magnificent Seven opens September 23.