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Movie remakes: Your best and worst

posted 7/14/2010 5:00:43 PM |
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With a couple of remake movies out this summer such as The Karate Kid and The A-Team, it got me thinking (while talking with my sweetie about this today where she gave me the idea for this I give her part credit for this blog) of some of the remakes that I actually like better than the original ones. Right now, I can only think of the movie King Kong where I liked the remake better than the original. The original King Kong came out in 1933, and the remake in 1976. Of course they had to make another remake of this movie a couple of years ago. lol

Anyway, what remakes did you like better than the original ones. What remakes do you really think bombed BIG TIME?

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Jul 14 @ 6:19PM  
I LOVED the remake of Scarface with Al Pacino in the starring role. And I also liked the remake of The Parent Trap with Lindsey Lohan..that movie was cute.

I saw the original Dawn of The Dead...and was excited to see the remake...only to find out is sucked. I'm sorry...but...zombies are NOT supposed to run like living creatures! They are supposed to be dead...and only move in one speed...slow!


Jul 14 @ 7:21PM  
I could fill this whole list up with nothing but Shakespeare, but as that's a good place to start:

The BAD - The Mel Gibson version. (1990) Despite big stars the acting is stock and flat. Not one actor seems to be able to overcome the "Hollywood" style direction.
The GOOD - The Branagh version. (1996) Branagh's insistence on bringing the classics to the masses doesn't always make big bucks, but he is spot-on.
The BEST - The Stewart/Tennant version. (2009) Subtle direction, meaningful settings, and actor improvisation make it truly outstanding.

Henry V:
The BAD - (1944) True, this version had Laurence Olivier, but it's packed with cinematic glitz and pro-war propaganda. Today it just seems campy.
The GOOD - (1989) Again, another Branagh. If you don't get chills during the "Band of Brothers" speech then you're not human.

Richard III:
The BAD - (1955) The star, Vincent Price, is a superb Richard. He has the conniving personality to pull it off. Unfortunately, most of the rest of the cast (including the director) seem like they are clueless.
The BEST - The Ian McKellen version (1995) is vicious, brutal and cruel. Everything this play should be.

The BAD - (1981) Over-acted to a fault. Often heralded as the worst film version ever.
The GOOD - (2006) Sometimes reinterpretations score big. Posing the classic characters as modern-day crime lords pays off with a fantastic rendition.
The BEST - (1971) Blood! Guts! Murder! Absolutely kick-ass old-school. Now that's what I'm talkin' about!

Romeo and Juliet:
The GOOD - (1996) Claire Danes is a flat note among a clever opera of stars. Fortunately, she's just window dressing, so the movie still comes out as a win.
The BEST - The Franco Zeffirelli version (1968) is the all time hands down best interpretation of one of the most amazing love stories ever told.
The BIZARRE - Romeo & Juliet vs. The Living Dead (2009) Cheaply made, and liberally peppered with high school humor, yet worth including because of the fast-paced wit of people who do, indeed, understand farce.

I'll post up some others later, but this is a good start.

Jul 15 @ 1:28PM  
Thanks, Dawn and Dom.

I must admit, I'm a little surprised that this blog topic didn't do any better than what it did.

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