Posts Tagged ‘movie remakes’

Hollywood has remade many famous movies in the past years. Some remakes were good, even surpassing the original.  I’ll name one movie that I thought was better than the original: ‘The Fly’. In my opinion, the 1986 remake starring Jeffrey Goldbloom was superior to the 1958 original.  It was not only better in special effects but also an improvement in the story. But I think these are rare occasions. Most remakes I’ve seen just don’t cut it.

Most remakes don’t live up to the original because they forgot what made the original great. A bigger budget and loaded with special effects does not equal a better movie. Take ‘Clash Of The Titans’ for example. The remake actually wasn’t bad, but they changed things in the movie thinking that it would be an improvement when actually it took away the appeal of why the original was great.  Part of the reason the original one was great was because of the character Bubo, The Mechanical Owl. The remake omitted this character except for a small cameo appearance.

 

Bubo was necessary in the film because he helped with the plot line and provided comic relief. Without him, it felt heavy handed and like something was missing, kind of like Star Wars without R2-D2. The original also featured the stop motion animation of Ray Harryhausen vs. the CGI special effects and computer graphics in the remake.  As cheesy as some of the stop motion animation looks now by today’s standard, I still preferred it to the computer graphics in the remake because I thought the stop motion animation fit the whole ‘mythology’ aesthetic better.  Ancient mythology should look old and archaic, which is the look that stop motion animation provided. The remake isn’t bad (I actually suggest watching to fans of the original to compare) but, some may not agree with me when I say this: ‘Clash Of The Titans’ belongs on the list of movies that should never be touched, along with ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Oh well, too late.

There are lots of other movies that should never EVER be remade- it would equal sacrilege. There is a long list but I’ll just name a few that immediately stand out to me:

1) ‘Star Wars’ – Absolutely not.

2) ‘The Wizard Of Oz’- No, just no.

3) ‘The Godfather’ -Don’t even try it.

4) ‘Saturday Night Fever’- Don’t go there.

5) ‘Forrest Gump’- “Life is like a box of chocola”….oops….I mean, Don’t You Dare.

Anyway, this is all just my opinion of course. Take it for what it’s worth.

-Roz

 

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