Friday, October 21, 2016

My Opinion on Remakes

I am totally not a fan of remakes.  'Reboots' are especially heinous, imo.  Don't even get me started on the new 'Star Trek' movies.  I grew up watching old Star Trek episodes on TV. This new thing?  Arrgghh.

Lost in Space the TV show?  Good.  Lost in Space the movie?  Dog.  (Entertaining in its own way, but still a dog.)

About the only time it works out is if they take an really good old thing (movie, play, song, etc.) and twist it around so it has the same basic premise but it's totally different.  Like You've Got Mail, the premise of which was done in The Shop Around the Corner.  Or Ten Things I Hate About You, which is a retelling of Taming of the Shrew.  Ever hear The Lemonheads doing Mrs. Robinson.  Totally rocks in a totally different way.

Anyway, I guess I'm a stick in the mud.  Set in my ways, perhaps? 

I haven't watched Lethal Weapon the TV show yet.  Once upon a time (before both Gibson and Glover had meltdowns), I loved that movie.  This new thing?  Not even kinda interested.  I have heard some people say it's pretty good, but meh.

I read yesterday that they're doing a 'prequel' to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. (One hopes they chose the original version and not that Johnny Depp thing.)  I don't really see how that's possible since Roald Dahl never wrote a before and he probably wouldn't have wanted to. 

Not sure if they've just run out of new ideas in Hollywood or what the dealie-bob is.  I only know I don't like it.  But that's me.  What do you think?


JB Lynn said...

I agree that a lot of remakes don't cut it. Maybe because it seems they're not infused with any creative oomph.

Some songs are better though imho...for instance Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah is better than Leonard Cohen's. But I'm pretty sure MY version would be better too since I don't like Cohen's voice, lol.

Karyn Good said...

I think a lot of people who grew up in the '80s watch a lot of television. LOL Some remakes cut it but most do not. Take Point Break - disaster. McGuyer TV show - shakes head. But Lethal Weapon IS actually pretty good! I had a rumour they're remaking Dirty Dancing...and I just want somebody to tell me it's not true.