Denzel Washington is still box office in the right vehicle, and that’s what the remake of “The Magnificent Seven” has going for it — Denzel, in a “cool role” as a man of violence.
Nobody else in the cast is much of a draw, though Chris Pratt may be at that point, after “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio to the “Let’s appease our Chinese finance masters” casting of Byung-hun Lee (quite cool, BTW) and “We’ve got a Mexican” (a line from the film, applied to Manuel Garcia-Rulfo).
Reviews won’t be much of a help for it. I found Antonoine Fuqua’s film rather missed the whole “Men of Violence in Need Redemption” theme from “The Seven Samurai” and the original “Magnificent Seven.”
And as funny as D’Onofrio is and as cool as Lee turns out to be, they’re no Brynner/McQueen/Coburn/Bronson/Vaughn. Where’s the punk kid? (Horst Bucholtz)? Where’s Mifune?
Anyway, it should do well enough to take the top spot at the box office from “Sully,” but we’ll see. Box Office Guru figures it’ll hit $38 million.
“Storks” is a scatterbrained animated comedy with some clever conceits, some very funny supporting players. Think “Madagascar” with “Storks” and wolves in the penguins role.
Weaker reviews, overall, for this one.
It has Warner Brothers behind it, but will that be enough to earn it more money than “Kubo and the Two Strings?” Maybe. Maybe not. A $25 million opening would be a happy day for WB.
On the offbeat end of the spectrum, the “final” Jerry Lewis movie “Max Rose” makes an appearance in some theaters, here in Orlando and elsewhere. Sentimental? A safe bet.