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Movie Remakes – Friend or Foe?

Movie remakes – do you love them or hate them?

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?

 

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  1. Posted September 6, 2011 at 2:23 am

    I never watch remake because I think it will loose the original taste which I have seeing the original movie :)

  2. Posted September 6, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Sometimes these things are an improvement, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, was a far superior remake of Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes. The last house on the left, was handled far more tastefully second time round, Fright Night remake was a complete retelling.

    I hated I spit on your grave, but loved the remake. Sometimes it is needed, though sometimes they really bastardise the original!

  3. Posted October 23, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    To be honest the True Grit remake was fantastic. I agree with a lot of what Spencer said too. Did we need a whole new reboot of the Halloween franchise? No. Does making a 5th Final Destination sequel make it any better? No.

    At the same time, we’re still seeing a lot of original movies coming out. Inception and Source Code were amazing.

    And then you have the remakes of movies that nobody’s ever heard about. The Departed was a remake of a Korean (I think) movie called Infernal Affairs, which I never would have found had it not been for the Departed.

    I guess I don’t have a point…so I’ll make one up: it just depends really on how the remake is done. Lumping them together is like saying we should stop making horror movies, or romantic comedies.

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