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'Westworld' premiere recap: Violent delights at a robot amusement park

'Westworld' premiere recap: Violent delights at a robot amusement park

Released in 1973, “Westworld,” starring Yul Brynner and James Brolin, was a blaze of saddles, satire, blood and humor. The movie was campy and silly and hilarious, and seemed to beg for a reboot to be made in the 21st century. The plot of a Western-themed amusement park where there are no consequences to one’s actions cries for a big-budget, effects-driven summer blockbuster.

Now there is finally a reimagining, but in the form of an HBO drama. “Westworld” made its series debut Sunday.

From the outset, the tone feels different from the 1973 original. The opening credits show the meticulous design of the robotic theme park props in slow motion in...

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