Films are one of the things that is a major form of art. Many classics and the filmmakers who made them is what helped paved the way for the films of today. At some point there are filmmakers who felt the need to remake some of these classics, to which it turned out really well. Sadly, these days, remakes have been completely overdone and they just don’t seem to work anymore. When you think about remakes, you first have to remember there is a distinction between remakes and reboots. Reboots are generally done with an entire series; starting the series all over so to speak. With remakes, it’s not necessarily with the whole series, but with the original film that started the series, and sometimes a remake tells the story in a completely different way.
As mentioned above, remakes these days have began to be overdone to the point where the audience gets sick of looking at it. There is often one remake after another. One of the things that makes it tiring to look at is seeing all the good classics being remade into something awful, such as Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th . These were all great classics that should have never been touched. And when one got remade, the others soon followed, looking like a chain reaction that just didn’t work.
Not Staying True:
When remakes are done, they should be done for the sole purpose of paying homage to the original while still maintaining a spark of originality. Many people say remakes should stand on their own but this is only true to a certain extent. When you remake a film, it’s important to continue to show the true essence of what made that original film what it was. A lot of remakes aren’t doing that. This involves the story AND the characters. A lot of filmmakers make the mistake of focusing more on how they want to retell the story instead of also focusing on finding the right actors and actresses to portray those original roles.
Every actor and actress has to turn their role into their own, but at the same time, don’t forget that essence that made the characters so lovable (or hateful). Most remakes I see today aren’t staying true enough and the stories are being turned into something that either doesn’t make sense, or goes too far. The remakes of Halloween and Black Christmas are perfect examples of these mistakes.
For the most part, I don’t see quite as much wrong with reboots as I see with remakes, as reboots aren’t done quite as often as remakes. The only thing I would say is a big mistake with a reboot is when it’s done too soon after an original series was filmed and released. A considerable amount of time should be taken into consideration before a reboot is done. A good example of a reboot done too soon is The Amazing Spider Man. It seems like it was only yesterday that Tobey Maguire was filming his Spider Man films, then all of a sudden a whole new series is being created. Why so soon? Take time.
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