Thanks to a script co-written by Nic Pizzolatto which reinterprets the original material as dime novel pulp (including amazing new character names like Goodnight Robicheaux and Bartholomew Bogue) and solid unfussy direction from Antoine Fuqua, The Magnificent Seven is old fashioned in all the right ways when compared to its modern popcorn entertainment counterparts. It has no desire to set up a franchise, respects its characters enough to put them in genuine life-threatening danger and delivers a ton of memorable…
It's too bad that the found footage Wingard and Barrett were handed to edit into a movie was so garish and uninspired when compared to the classic original but obviously they had no control over what these dumb kids were recording. They didn't bring anything new to the table with their final minutes. One can only hope that the recordings of some more creatively ambitious dead people are unearthed next time.
INT. UNMARKED CAR -- NIGHT
DETECTIVE JOHNNY LOUD [Tom Hanks] slides into the passenger seat of the unmarked car holding a tray of coffee. Retired ex-cop and temporary partner RICK CLOSE [Max Von Sydow] reaches over from the driver's seat to grab his cup of joe.
This better not have cream in it, knucklehead.
Johnny rolls his eyes and then looks directly into the camera as if to say "do you folks believe this old coot?" to the audience.…
Bloody, cathartic and hugely entertaining. The editing seems a little off -- Sally Menke is sadly missed -- but it's easy to look past a bit of glut when you're watching Tarantino so effortlessly conquer yet another genre.
Took off half a star for his Australian accent but put it back upon his appropriate exit from the film.