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I reviewed this nine years ago, when we saw it at the cinema.
Watched it again with Wump last night, and it was as un-gripping as I remember. Wump was underwhelmed. Huge book, lots going on, and the movie managed to be a dull, cut-to-ribbons hodgepodge with nothing much to recommend it.
Still, fun evening.
We also watched the new Magnificent Seven movie on Friday. It was cool. I think the “original” had more heart, and the true original was a classic, but this was a fun action movie with plenty of nice Western tropes. Not quite Unforgiven, but close.
I was left wondering why they hadn’t made Suicide Squad as a retelling of the Magnificent Seven. The premise of the story perfectly suited the plot. Each character could have been properly introduced amidst the unfolding of the enemy scheme. And the whole thing is a reboot anyway, so plagiarism is apparently fine. It wouldn’t even have been the first movie to borrow the trope.
Also, this version of the movie was basically a played-straight version of Blazing Saddles.