By Amy Lyn
It seems lately Hollywood is just regurgitating the same story lines and doing remake after remake. It’s not because there aren’t a boatload of creative writers out there churning out fantastic original work. There are and they deserve to have their work read and seen. Nope, it’s because of the almighty dollar.
Studio execs think, “hell this movie did great before, let’s do it again but update the story-line a tad and throw in today’s hottest actors. It doesn’t matter if they’re actually good actors, only if they’re good looking and wildly popular“.
I think it would be a much better idea to re-release the classic versions on the big screen. Perhaps ad a little found footage or bloopers to the end and start off with a current day interview with the actors, director etc. and some behind the scenes stories. That way you get the people who loved the movie the first time out to see it again, those who didn’t get to see it on the big screen to enjoy that experience, parents will bring their kids to see the classics they grew up loving. It’s a win win all around. Much better than stepping all over a classic with crappy remake just to make a buck.
Some of the worst remakes I’ve seen that should NEVER have been made;
- “The Longest Yard”
- “Stepford Wives”
- “Red Dawn”
I’ll have to write blog posts about the first three but Sam does an awesome job of covering the “Red Dawn” remake in the video below.
I personally love the original 1984 Red Dawn starring Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey, Charlie Sheen and Randy Dalton. The film is set in the 1980’s with the United States being invaded by the Soviet Union. The story follows a group of high school students who resist the occupation and resort to backwoods, guerrilla warfare to fight the enemy
The original was emotional and you connected with the characters. It was raw, gritty, and it felt real, The only connection the remake has is to your wallet getting thinner and the 93 minutes of your life you’ll never get back.
Sam’s review of the “Red Dawn” remake is much more enjoyable than the remake itself.