REVIEW: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Image: Columbia Pictures

Image: Columbia Pictures

Chris Luckett

In the underrated clone comedy Multiplicity, Michael Keaton asks at one point, “You know how when you make a copy of a copy, it’s not quite as sharp as, well, the original?” Such an observation pinpoints a large problem with Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, a remake of the popular 1960 Western that was itself an American-ized version of Akira Kurosawa’s seminal Seven Samurai.

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REVIEW: Jurassic World

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

There will never be a sequel to Jurassic Park that beats the original, or even comes close. Not only was it a crossroads of entertainment, art, and technological innovation that was very of its exact time, but the awe of witnessing dinosaurs brought to realistic life for the first time on screen can never truly be recaptured or recreated.

It’s for this reason that so many arguments between fans of the film series centre instead around which sequel is better. (For the record, count me in the Jurassic Park III camp.) Neither can compare to the original, so the only fair evaluation is between sequels. Coming over a dozen years after the last adventure of man vs. dinosaur and hubris, Jurassic World can now be tossed into that debate.

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