Is it just me or does it feel as though every second film released at the cinema these days is a remake. This has always been a controversial topic with movie buffs and a subject that rarely leaves people on the fence – true movie fans either love ‘em or hate ‘em.
Do we need remakes?
Have we seen and done it all in movies and this is the main reason for rehashing old ideas or is it because some movies are true instant classics and beg to be redone with a more modern take using the clever special effects and computer generated stunts that are available to movie makers now.
Whatever the answer it still makes you think that there is a whole generation out there who are entirely unaware of the classic originals; if you don’t believe me; walk into your local Blockbusters and ask the barely out of school girl behind the counter if she’s got a copy of the Italian Job (or True Grit, or The Mechanic etc. etc.). She’ll smile sweetly at you (hopefully!) and point a perfectly manicured hand towards one of the shelves saying, “Sure, it’s on the action shelf.” You will meander over there only to find she was talking about the remake.
“No, actually, I meant the original,” you will say, and its right about then that she’ll give you a blank look. And this is my point.
Are remakes wonderful and complimentary homage made to sit side by side with the classics they mimic or are they made to completely suffocate the original and destroy its memory from a future generation?