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The Atlantic: Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Is Anything But.

Early on, when he [Denzel Washington] raises eyebrows by presenting himself in an all-white saloon as a ‘duly sworn warrant officer,’ it’s hard not to hear echoes of Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours.” Worried about that. But only a fool would try to remake Magnificent. That the original eclectic cast (astonishing in their variety) pulled it off, makes it a miracle that could never be re-approached by coherent processes, much less bested. Completely illogical on its face, almost to the point of insanity - yet it captivates.

09/23/16 • 09:18 AM • EntertainmentHistory • 1 Comment

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I blame the moviegoing public. Every production house has a steady incoming stream of literally thousands of scripts. Surely, most are junk, but some must be decent, and many better than the derivative remakes like this one. The studios could put out 100% new material, if they wanted to, but they obviously believe that, if you are going to invest $100 million on a film, you have to minimize risk.

If people reliably go to see familiar names and stories, they will be fed a steady diet of familiar names and stories.

Posted by Eric in Santa Fe on 09/23/16 at 10:05 AM

 

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