The Magnificent Seven ★★½

How do you turn a three hour masterpiece (Seven Samurai) into a two-hour action film? By stripping away all of its character development. What’s left are paper-thin characters that are only defined by their looks - many of them failing to stray away from stereotypes. What's even sadder is the fact that there were hints of the filmmaker wanting to explore a deeper meaning with the characters - namely themes of war and its everlasting effects - but the film’s quick to drop these ideas almost as fast as they introduce them. That being said, despite the hollowness, its rudimentary story beats make for an engaging - even if silly - experience, and the action is fun enough to keep you roused and excited.