Finally Watched It: “Magnificent Seven” (1960)

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With the remake coming out, I figured I would kill two birds with one stone by knocking one movie off my list and prepping for the new movie.

Overall, this is a great movie. I can see why it’s one of the classics. I got into the story right away, I laughed at some of the old tropes, the acting and writing were on point and, let’s face it; I’d watch Yul Brynner read the phone book. And some of these one liners? In reaction to getting skimmed by a bullet:”You elected?” “No, I got nominated real good.” Fucking badASS!

Now that I’ve enjoyed this one so much – which was shocking to me because I don’t like westerns – I am concerned about the remake. Obviously the original cast was lily white and the remake changes this up. Will the new one be more realistic for the time period in terms race relations or will it go the Django Unchained route where it’s comically over the top in its racism? I hope it’s handled with a certain amount of grace. We’ll have to see.

Anyway, I’m glad I watched this movie and I will also be watching Seven Samurai (the film this movie was based on) very soon and I have a special place in my heart for that one. It was one of my mom’s favorite movies. I will try not to compare the two too much.

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