Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Remakes? Just Leave it Alone !
How do you feel about studios remaking the movies we loved?

I remember when Charlie and Chocolate Factory was remade with Johnny Depp -- I was crushed! The only Willy Wonka was and is...Gene Wilder. Great lines, a factory worth getting a golden ticket for, scenery & characters with a far away look to them, and let's not forget the songs (all together...Oompa Loompa doompa-di-do...) ! Magic! All Tim Burton did was make it all so scary (Sweeny Todd swears off people for candy). Who would want to tour his factory -- and why spoil the myth of the man by telling his secret past? booooo!

There are more: The Wolfman, Taking of Pelham 123, Rollerball, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Speed Racer, The day the Earth Stood Still, Meet Joe Black, Stepford Wives, Sabrina, ...more here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_remakes
And now in the planning stages: Dirty Dancing, Fame, The Thing, 1984, Escape From New York, Porkies, The Birds, And Faranheit 451...to name of few remakes in the making.

Are there truly no new ideas? Are there no original thinkers in Hollywood anymore, or has the capitalistic movie making society turned recycling into the new art form? Thank God for the Idependent films!

So what do you think? Maybe there were some worthwhile remakes OR some that were even better than the originals? Some comments ...

1 comment:

  1. I think most remakes are mistakes. I love the independent movies too. They are often shot from a totally different perspective. One of our family vacations we went to Universal Studios in California- you actually went on movie sets not just rides-they admitted that many TV shows are direct descendants of others. They simply change the setting or characters a bit and a new show is born. For instance Lucy and Ethel/Lavern and Shirley -The Beverly Hillbillies and Third Rock from the Sun the list goes on and on. My Favorite Martian and Mork -I had to do one more but the list is endless. Even songs nowadays are revamped and artists "make them their own!" Everything old is new!!!