What Do You Think Of Movie Re-Makes?

September 17, 2016 Discussions 10

I don’t have a definite, stance on them myself. For the most part, I don’t like them. But then there are some movie re-makes that I actually do like. I mean, like all the Batman re-makes. Some of them were okay, and some aren’t ones that I will ever own. (And I’m a huge Batman fan! So I want to own everything!)

But then there are others… Like the ‘new’ Superman movies. I just didn’t like the first one much so didn’t go see any others. I like the Christopher Reeve Superman. I think they were pretty perfect, and didn’t need a re-make. And don’t even get me started on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. *shudders*

I hated the re-make of Annie too. Not because Annie was black, that little girl was amazing! I’d love to see her again in other movies. But that wasn’t Annie for me. The entire movie was too different. There was so little of it that was actual similar to the plot of Annie, that it was like watching a completely different movie someone had just decided to call Annie to see if they could get more bodies in the seats.

I wasn’t too interested in the Ghostbusters re-make either. (Still haven’t seen it.) Seeing all the previews just made me want to pull out my DVDs of the original movies and watch them instead. I’m also not looking forward to Splash!’s re-make.

It’s like Hollywood is running out of ideas. So instead of actually dreaming up new ideas, they’re going back to movies that don’t need re-makes, and ruining them.(Not always, sometimes the re-makes turn out okay. But that seems to be few and far between.)

I did really like the live-action Cinderella that came out. And Maleficant. And I’m totally looking forward to Beauty and the Beast. But those are the only movie re-makes that I can think of at the moment that I haven’t ended up hating/disliking.

So what do you think about movie re-makes? Do you like them? Hate them? Somewhere in between? Are you planning on seeing any of the ones I’ve mentioned? If you have seen them, what did you think of them? (Especially Ghostbusters, I’m still on the fence about watching that one!)

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10 Responses to “What Do You Think Of Movie Re-Makes?”

  1. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    I used to get so excited when something was being remade because I love stuff from my childhood and miss stuff like that. BUT– in reality it was never executed good enough and I just think it’s better left alone. I totally think Hollywood is out of ideas because every other movie and TV show coming out is a remake. When they did Jem is when it went too far for me ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I was kind of excited for Jem, since I loved the cartoon. And then I saw the preview and went “nope!”

      I’d much rather they made sequels instead of remakes. That way when/if they flop, they haven’t ruined the movie for me, it’s just a bad sequel!

  2. Laura

    I am one of those annoying people who tends not to have watched a lot of really famous films that most people consider to be essential viewing, so my problem with remakes is that I generally haven’t even seen the original and so can’t compare! I do think the amount of films being made these days that are remakes is pretty crazy though, and as you say, it’s as if they have run out of ideas! Or maybe they just don’t want to take a gamble and make anything that movie goers won’t instantly recognise.
    Great post! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • SilvaraWilde

      There’s pros and cons to not having seen some movies. If you haven’t seen it, it can’t be ruined for you by a bad remake. (Unless of course, the remake was so bad you hate the very sound of the movie name… *lol*)

      Then again, I’m one of those friends/family members who goes: “You haven’t seen x-movie?!?! What is wrong with you?! You must watch it with me right now!” *snickers* According to my movie tracker app, between Dad and I, we own around 600 DVDs. So all the movies I consider must-see (like the Princess Bride, Legend, Labyrinth, etc…) are easy to put my hands on and ‘force’ others to watch. If people decide to remake any of the above 3, I will have some kind of horrible melt-down. *nods*

  3. Amy @ Pages of Starlight

    As a whole, I say that the original is always better. (But, I gotta admit, there’s very few cases where I’ve seen both the original and the remake so I’m mostly basing this on The Italian Job.) I will not watch the new Turtles movies. I’ve heard horrible enough things about it/them (is the second one even out yet?) that if I want to watch one, I’ll just rewatch TMNT which was actually pretty good, I thought. (Or maybe buy the rest of the originals on DVD…) I do sort of want to see the new Ghostbusters movie. Not enough to actually spend money on it, but my brother’s interested in it, so if he buys it I might borrow it from him. I am interested in the new, live action fairy tale movies they’re doing, but I’ve not gotten around to them yet. (I am glad to hear you liked them.)

    Honestly, I think you’re right about them running out of ideas. I mean, look at so many of the ‘new’ TV shows, too. So many of them are remakes of ones from the ’70’s or ’80’s. If not running out of ideas, maybe they’re too afraid to try something new, which is why I think we get a glut of the same type of shows all on TV at once.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I saw the first of the new turtles movies in the theater because Dad wanted to see it too, and I hadn’t heard anything bad about them yet. After the movie was over I turned to Dad and was all “I want my 2 hours back. And I am NOT seeing any more of these.”

      I may see about borrowing the new Ghostbusters movie from the library, if they get a copy to rent out. But I’m mostly kinda “meh” about it. I loved the original one, and I can’t see it being improved enough to be worth a remake.

      Cinderella was really good! There was enough different about it that making it didn’t feel so much like a remake. And the songs and costumes were amazing! I’m really hoping Beauty and the Beast is just as good when it comes out.

  4. Karen Blue

    I am a bit on the fence about them myself. I disliked Red Dawn and Poseidon.
    I enjoyed Cape Fear and “most” of the Batman movies. I totally agree with you on Superman. There is only one Superman and that guy is Christopher Reeve!
    I agree that it seems Hollywood is running out of ideas. What was wrong with the original Ghostbusters?
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Nothing was ‘wrong’ with the original Ghostbusters! I’m guessing the studios were all “people loved this back then, we should do it again to get more money.” But that’s probably just me. I can’t understand the reasoning behind a lot of the remakes lately. Especially when they turn out so horribly! (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I’m looking at you…)

  5. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I don’t seem to go to the movies much anymore, so this hasn’t been a huge issue for me, though I will say that I’m definitely intrigued by the idea of certain remakes. Like, I’ll probably check out Ghostbusters at some point, and I want to see Pete’s Dragon because I ADORED that when I was a kid. The original wasn’t all that fantastic when it comes to the quality of the movie, so the remake can’t be horrible, right? We shall see. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I loved Pete’s Dragon as a kid and as a teenager. It wasn’t the best movie ever, in terms of quality and cartoon verses real people integration. But it made me happy! *laughs* I want to see the new one, to see how they’ve changed things with better technology. And I’ll most likely eventually see the new Ghostbusters, though I’ll wait until I can either borrow it from the library, or see if it ends up in the free Amazon Prime watching library thing.

      What I’m not sure I’m ready for (that I just found out about today!) is the Lion King remake. It’s not going to be live-action obviously since all the characters are animals. But they’re going to do that realistic cgi stuff. And I’m like… why? All the actors are still around, so they better use all the same people for the voices and all. But I still don’t think I’m going to want to go see it…

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