- March 18, 2021 at 8:48 am #465550Grace ScarlettParticipantRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 65Replies: 1348Has thanked: 4818 timesBeen thanked: 7383 times
Have any of your favourite films been re made…resulting in a major disappointment???…
Two of mine spring immediately to mind…..”The Italian Job”….Michael ” you’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off ” Caine was just wonderful…..
and the film “Arthur”….Dudley Moore was a genius at acting the drunk, and John Gielgud, the perfect butler.
Both movies were perfection, remakes were not needed….
- May 2, 2021 at 4:52 am #486653Paula FDuchessRegistered On: August 7, 2019Topics: 14Replies: 1075Has thanked: 14513 timesBeen thanked: 4264 times
The Pink Panther, remade with Steve Martin springs to mind. I watched it more out of loyalty to the series than because of who was in it. Total waste of time and money, to both make it and watch it. SM was NOT Clouseau.
- March 19, 2021 at 10:23 am #466044Darcy GrigsbyLadyRegistered On: July 1, 2020Topics: 15Replies: 48Has thanked: 6 timesBeen thanked: 294 times
- March 19, 2021 at 10:49 am #466047Inga KrasivayaLadyRegistered On: January 18, 2021Topics: 17Replies: 408Has thanked: 469 timesBeen thanked: 1383 times
Karate Kid… one of those movies you know is not that good – but you can’t resist and always have to watch when it comes on the television. Red Dawn – one of those movies you know is dreadful, should never have been made and should NEVER be watched if it comes on the television. The remakes – see comment about Red Dawn and multiply by ten… Barry Norman Inga (a reference only the UK ladies will follow……)
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- March 19, 2021 at 10:09 am #466042Heather JamesonDuchessRegistered On: April 1, 2019Topics: 8Replies: 516Has thanked: 894 timesBeen thanked: 1886 times
Now I’m really showing my age here, True Grit, the original with John Wayne was great, the remake, uh is there anything else on. Tabitha Tee, yeah roller ball and the longest yard, yes there’s three and a half hours of my life I’ll never get back. Let’s throw in Madd Maxx to that mix, snore fest my wife was definitely disappointed, nobody wears those leather pants like Mel.Definitely an originals lover.
- March 19, 2021 at 8:55 am #466023MartiBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 5, 2019Topics: 20Replies: 262Has thanked: 1005 timesBeen thanked: 1035 times
Already a lot of examples that I agree with.
Sometimes remakes are ok, or great even, but sometimes sadly mask what went before.
Tis dating me a bit, but I’m thinking of “Gaslight”. The first UK version (of a play) in 1940 and the US version in 1944. The second remake was better funded and had bigger stars (Boyer, Bergman, and even Angela Landsbury) and was great, but I still prefer the earlier version – far more menacing.
And, then there’s ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘A Fistful of Dollars’, both brilliant westerns – but were total rip offs from two superb Japanese films (“The seven samurai” and “Yojimbo”)
- March 19, 2021 at 5:32 am #465949Wendy SwiftLadyRegistered On: May 11, 2020Topics: 4Replies: 445Has thanked: 366 timesBeen thanked: 1915 times
I am usually not a fan of remakes, but I have watched some remakes and here are some that I did enjoy :
evil dead. The remake was more gore and violent.
star trek. the original was a snooze fest. the remake (jj abrams) was very entertaining, glitzy, and alot of fun to watch over and over again.
war of the worlds. Granted I never watched the original, but I did enjoy watching this one. Dakota fanning screaming when the wind blows in this movie was incredibly annoying though.
Some I didn’t :
robocop. I loved the original, ultra violent, “I’d buy that for a dollar”, schlock commercials, all good. The remake, let’s just say watching it once was enough. I enjoyed robocop 2, but 3 was too cartoony (robocop now has a jet pack ??? seriously ??)
ghost busters. Original concept and very entertaining. Poor story in the remake made is a forgettable experience.
- May 2, 2021 at 5:14 am #486661JillianWLadyRegistered On: October 13, 2019Topics: 6Replies: 140Has thanked: 281 timesBeen thanked: 528 times
No, No, NO, NO, NOOOOOOO, Wendy!
Repeat after me …
New Star Trek, bad. Original Star Trek, Good!
While the Abrams film got the franchise some exposure the only good thing was the updated Enterprise!
Oh, and we found out that JT Kirk’s father was Thor, God of Thunder. Explains so much.
Hugs from a Trekkie
- March 20, 2021 at 6:22 am #466360Stephenie DerickBaronessRegistered On: July 9, 2020Topics: 0Replies: 59Has thanked: 477 timesBeen thanked: 182 times
- March 19, 2021 at 7:42 am #465991Grace ScarlettBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 65Replies: 1348Has thanked: 4818 timesBeen thanked: 7383 times
Wendy…..hope you are well honey
War of the worlds remake was a screamfest…for all the wrong reasons!!!…but jeff waynes album… omg….i still play it regularly…
and Robocop…. you said it all…. Genevieve will be a happy girl!!!
- March 18, 2021 at 1:40 pm #465683Celeste StarreLadyRegistered On: June 26, 2018Topics: 38Replies: 952Has thanked: 292 timesBeen thanked: 3067 times
I do agree the Dudley Moore’s “Arthur” was better than Russell Brands. I didn’t know too much about Russel Brand and still don’t but then I saw “Messiah Complex” and thought it was the most amazing stand up routine that I’ve ever seen.
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- March 18, 2021 at 1:04 pm #465666Rozalyne RichardsLadyRegistered On: March 10, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 572Has thanked: 1004 timesBeen thanked: 1933 times
Ghost busters the first one was good the second one was not as good but the last one with the all female cast what can i say, it’s not so much the cast if you have a sh#t story line?????
Dirty dancing 2, tremors 2’3’and 4,and that film with Kevin Bacon in the one where he goes to that town where they have banned dancing i can’t think what it’s called,
The best Christmas Carol film has to be the one with Alastair Sim in it, the one they did with Guy Piece in it was abbismal,
Hugs Rozalyne x
That film with Kevin Bacon was great but the remake wasn’t up to much x
It was called Footloose with Kevin Bacon they made another one a few years ago it was really bad xxxxx
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- March 18, 2021 at 12:32 pm #465651Bettylou CoxDuchessRegistered On: May 26, 2019Topics: 20Replies: 2094Has thanked: 4170 timesBeen thanked: 7499 times
Oh, Yes, Grace. I have yet to see a re-issue that could hold a candle to the original. In addition to those you mentioned: True Grit, with Jeff Bridges in the John Wayne role; Sabrina, with Julia Ormand and Harrison Ford in the Audrey Hepburn / Humphrey Bogart roles. Or how about Eddie Murphy reprising Rex Harrison as Dr Dolittle? And (slightly OT) there is only
one 007: the late Sean Connery! I would have added Cheaper by the Dozen with Steve Martin, but other than the title and number of children, it had nothing in common with the original (which was one of my all-time favorite movies and books).
- March 18, 2021 at 12:39 pm #465654Grace ScarlettBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 65Replies: 1348Has thanked: 4818 timesBeen thanked: 7383 times
- March 18, 2021 at 11:56 am #465632LadyRegistered On: January 18, 2021Topics: 17Replies: 408Has thanked: 469 timesBeen thanked: 1383 times
Hi Grace: another interesting one… Off the top of my head I could come up with The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Wickerman; perfect examples of why remakes are almost never anything other than terrible. (By the way – the original – Edward Woodward – Wickerman was a documentary; the finest and most accurate depiction of everyday Scottish life ever filmed…… Now wait for the [well deserved] barrage from our sisters north of Hadrian’s Wall…) Not quite the subject, but would you consider the (superb) Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV series in this as a sequel to the (terrible) film? Perhaps the only time a follow on has outshone the original (with the possible exception of Joe Cocker’s version of “A Little Help From My Friends”……)
Hurry up and arrive, Summer…… Downbeat Inga.
- March 18, 2021 at 8:33 pm #465833Bettylou CoxDuchessRegistered On: May 26, 2019Topics: 20Replies: 2094Has thanked: 4170 timesBeen thanked: 7499 times
I saw the original The Day the Earth Stood Still with my dad when I was a kid; and you are right: No comparison to the re-issue. And Kristy Swanson’s Buffy film was so bad that I almost skipped the TV series – but so glad that I didn’t. It, and the spin-off Angel were my favorite shows over that 10-year period.
- March 19, 2021 at 8:29 am #466013LadyRegistered On: January 18, 2021Topics: 17Replies: 408Has thanked: 469 timesBeen thanked: 1383 times
Bettylou: both BTVS and Angel were great… until the last series of each, when it was obvious that the writers were beginning to just go through the motions. I’d love to see an update of Buffy now – she’d be the oldest slayer in the history of the world! Haven’t kept up with the comic book version – basically for the above reason; can it match up? And to finish… Klaatu Barada Nikto! (By the way – in Russian, that pretty much means “Klaatu – nobody has a beard.” Was this a 1951 message aimed at CDH?) The Truth Is Out There…… Inga.
- March 19, 2021 at 4:14 pm #466177Bettylou CoxDuchessRegistered On: May 26, 2019Topics: 20Replies: 2094Has thanked: 4170 timesBeen thanked: 7499 times
BtVS certainly went downhill toward the end, but Angel had a few really good (and humorous) episodes. I got a kick out of the one where Angel was a puppet. I took a look at the graphic novels, and decided to pass on them. There was an online fanzine which had a few really good stories, though. It seems to have made the vampire genre quite popular in films, though not so much on TV. Speaking of which, “Forever Knight” may have been my all-time favorite TV program.
And now I have a couple more words in Russian to add to my meager vocabulary. ‘Way back in my Army days, I could read Cyrillic and speak a little; but I have lost nearly all of it but for the rules of grammar and a few words. It’s heck to get old…but it does beat the alternative.
- March 18, 2021 at 10:12 am #465584GenevïéveLadyRegistered On: July 28, 2020Topics: 30Replies: 1197Has thanked: 10203 timesBeen thanked: 4916 times
Most definitely Grace… ‘RoboCop’ 1987. One of my top 5 favorite films. RoboCop was awesome… the second and third films were utter trash… in my opinion.
There is a remake of the first film, 2014 I believe… meh, sokay but no match for the original RoboCop…. ‘Dead or alive… you’re coming with me.’
- March 18, 2021 at 10:11 am #465583Jeannie JonesDuchessRegistered On: October 9, 2020Topics: 11Replies: 362Has thanked: 1028 timesBeen thanked: 1222 times
I don’t know if this counts as a remake but fir me the worst one was when some genius decided Steve Martin should star in a Pink Panther movie. Peter sellers owned that role and they should have left it alone.
- March 18, 2021 at 9:42 am #465570Araminta PurdyDuchessRegistered On: January 23, 2020Topics: 6Replies: 343Has thanked: 590 timesBeen thanked: 1248 times
As a rule I dislike remakes. They rarely excel the original, tend to have poor production values, tend to use cheap cinematographic trickery and they show a lack of imagination and creativity and an over-emphasis on the bottom line.
- March 18, 2021 at 9:26 am #465563KristaDuchessRegistered On: January 24, 2017Topics: 8Replies: 569Has thanked: 1509 timesBeen thanked: 2535 times
Hi Grace, absolutely, often times remakes are not near as good as the original. One that comes to mind is Starbuck, a French Canadian film about a sperm donor dad who fathers 533 children. A terrific movie. One of the remakes was called Delivery Man, out of Hollywood, just not anywhere near as good as the original. I have to wonder why they even bother with some remakes????
Another of course is Psycho. Why mess around with the Alfred Hitchcock classic?
Third and final is Total Recall with Arnold. IMO, Colin Farrell just didn’t match up. Just leave well enough alone.
There are so many others. I’m sure someone will mention A Christmas Carol or a Miracle on 34th Street or King Kong. But heck, sometimes if there are a lot of remakes, perhaps the second or third version turns out to be the best???? Sometimes, as in the case of A Christmas Carol, what we think was the original movie actually wasn’t. The original Christmas Carol was in 1901, remade in 1935, 1938, 1951, 1970, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 2009. Which was the best???? Thanks for the topic Grace, always interesting. Hugs, Krista.
- March 18, 2021 at 11:21 am #465610Laura LovettLadyRegistered On: March 26, 2020Topics: 13Replies: 1112Has thanked: 3645 timesBeen thanked: 5365 times
According to Wikipedia, the 1951 (and best!) Version of A Christmas Carol was the 13th remake…
Just goes to show, sometimes they need a few goes to reach perfection.
Alastair Sim is just wonderful as Scrooge – no-one has come close, IMO.
Talking of Sim, that’s a great segue to a remake that shouldn’t have happened – The Belles of St. Trinians, featuring Sim, cross dressed as the headmistress, and also the headmistresses’ brother!
A wonderful, wonderful film, full of the twin faces of post-war England – the suave and genteel surface with the much darker underbelly. Joyce Grenfell is perfect, as ever. The remake was just embarrassing. Wild Child is better.
Sim was just as excellent in School for Scoundrels – and the atrocious remake is well worth ignoring, being just as awful as the original is dazzling in its wit and social savvy.
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- March 18, 2021 at 9:06 am #465554Polly StewartLadyRegistered On: January 2, 2021Topics: 12Replies: 933Has thanked: 1321 timesBeen thanked: 3172 times
I dislike the new age Mini with a passion! Why cannot the car industry just bloody well leave the body work alone and rebuild the technical stuff around it? Assigoni’s masterwork never needed changing…
Hah… every remake the Americans have done of good French movies have been bloody awful in any case ‘Three men and a baby’ and Nikita come to mind straightaway.
On the other hand… I’d like to see modern versions of some classic using all the modern techniques. Zulu for example… another Caine movie?
But could you imagine Casablanca being remade? Quelle horreur!
So parroting Polly is ‘Singing in the rain’ 🌧☔️🌈
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