An Era of Remakes

Here’s a debatable question for you, should Hollywood continue to churn out remakes?

Personally, I think it’s really dependent on which film in particular it is. Over the past couple of years, there has been remake after remake released and still many more to come. Let’s take a look at some of the recent film remakes and future remakes yet to be released.

First and foremost, Disney. Fans of Disney have already been given remakes of some of the most popular stories. Written by Lewis Carol in 1865 and the first animated film being released in 1951, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland quickly became one of the most read stories. Then, In 2010, a new Alice in Wonderland film, directed by Tim Burton, came out and was a big success. Since then, many originally animated Disney films have or will be released again as a live action. As of today, there has been a live action remake of Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016) and Beauty and the Beast (2017). Now, there are a lot more in the works, these including; The Lion King, Cruella, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, Dumbo, The Sword in the Stone and many more.

At first I wasn’t sure how I would like these new live action remakes, but after watching The Jungle Book, I was pleasantly surprised. However, I do think an important part of this success was the casting. Who else would be such an excellent Baloo other than the one and only, Bill Murray. Not to mention the rest of the characters were also ideally cast, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken among others.

Aside from the many Disney remakes, there are countless others that I do enjoy, including the following. The original Annie made in 1982 was redone in 1999 but the most recent one was released in 2014. Comparing the original to the most recent, there aren’t a large amount of difference but rather many subtle and small ones that don’t take too much away from the original story. A classic film released back in 1984 which had a remake released in 2016 is the supernatural story, Ghostbusters. The most obvious difference is of course the lead roles; it was changed from four leading men to four leading ladies. I’m just glad they kept in the iconic ghost, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The last, but not least, remake film I like is Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean Eleven starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck and more. This film comes from Lewis Milestone’s 1960 original, Ocean’s 11.

Although there are some film remakes I enjoy, there are also plenty I think should have been left alone. One of these being the 2011 remake of Arthur from 1981. I must admit, it’s certainly not the worst film I’ve ever seen but it definitely could have been better. Back in 1974, author Stephen King released the novel Carrie and the first of many adaptations was made in 1976. Many years and adaptations later, a remake of the original film was released in 2013. I do think this film was well cast, with Julianne Moore as Margaret White and Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie White, but the film itself was not what I had hoped it would be. Somewhat staying in the same genre, the original Poltergeist was released in 1982 with the remake being released in 2015. As far as horror films go, to me this was not particularly scary but rather made me laugh. Not in a comedy film sort of way but because it seemed to me that it was trying to be scary and that came across more that the fear.

When it comes to remakes of films, both the choice of film and the way it’s made will determine whether it’s a great success or not. If the original film was and is hugely popular and somewhat of a classic, don’t touch it because ‘why fix what isn’t broken’ right? If it’s a remake of an already not-so-great film, then why not, just as long as it works out. Although, I do wish there were more original stories and films being released rather than a load of remakes.

Of course, this is all my opinion and certainly not fact. Let me know in the comments what your favourite remake is, which remakes you didn’t enjoy and any intrigue you have of upcoming remakes.

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