Remakes vs. The Original

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With all the remakes of movies that have been done lately & more due out soon, how do you think they stack up against the originals? Did you think they were better or worse that what the original had to offer? What movie do you hope is never touched & remade?
 

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Usually they do not seem to as good as the original.
Psycho was the only remake I seen they did nearly 100% as the original, just different actors.
Still was not as good as the original.

Star Wars is one I hope they do not redo.
Tho I originally heard George Lucas was going to do ep 7-9 but I heard rumors he is going to make special editions of ep 1-3.

You also made me think of old movies they put in theaters again but they add "3D" to them when the original first time was not in it.
I think there just milking more out of older movies that way too.
 
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I hated the King Kong remake. I wish I could think of one I like.
 

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There are some amazing remakes out there, like Brian De Palma's Scarface... Or The Departed starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon!
With that said, I usually denounce remakes. Why? Look at Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. The charm and talent of Gene Wilder in the original movie had such a huge amount of depth that a remake was certainly not necessary. Surely the remake's special effects are impressive, but it just isn't the same.
 

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I think the main one that comes to mind is Christopher Nolan's Insomnia, while I haven't seen the original film, his remake of the material at least holds up and manages to be a good enough film. The main issue that always seems to crop up is the motivation of the remake. If something is being remade it really should be for the reasoning of, they enjoyed whatever the original source material was on some level, but have some different ideas on how things could have went or expressed things differently. The reality though is remakes are appearing more and more because of brand recognition printing money, so with less than interesting origins comes less than interesting material. Then again, maybe there's just too much truth in Sturgeon's Law, or perhaps the number wasn't quite high enough.
 

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One of my favorite movies of all-time- The Longest Yard got a remake a few years ago starring Adam Sandler and unlike the first one, the Adam Sandler version was a comedy and believe it or not, I actually liked it! Most remakes I can't stomach that well but for some reason I did like the remake as well as I did the original.

Another favorite of mine from my childhood- Red Dawn got a remake this year that was delayed by MGM's legal issues plus MGM was nervous about having the Chinese as the invaders so they redid parts of the movie. I saw the Piranha remake recently and I preferred the original where they attacked the water park.

I only hope they don't remake MASH, MASH is one of my all time favorite movies and a movie that took me several viewings to get over how different the movie was from the TV show.

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Remakes bug me. Sometimes they do well, sometimes they don't. What really bugs me about them is that they're using pre-existing concepts instead of introducing a new idea into the public's veiw. Everybody knows about King Kong already, but you could write something really cool and original instead.

Viewers and production companies are getting lazy. There are plenty of screenwriters out there with plenty of amazing ideas, they just need to be produced and let out into the world.
 

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I loved the Charlie and The Chocolate Factory remake, Johnny Depp actually portrayed Wonka like he is in the book and despite having watched the original loads as a kid I now hate it because of how poor I find it compared to the remake. I hope the Total Recall remake is good because it certainly looks good from the ad and although not technically a remake I do love Christopher Nolan's Batman reboot. Obviously there are some bad ones (can't think of any right now) but that happens when you pick the wrong people or just the wrong film to do.
 
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I was going to say that remakes are artistically and intellectually lazy..... but then I thought, what about Shakespeare? Or any stage production for that matter?

That said, most remakes fail, like War of the Worlds or Day the Earth Stood Still. True Grit came close to equalling the original, but there's no way to improve on John Wayne.
 

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love/hate.

mostly hate because, as Maxx said, they're intellectually lazy - or more that they're just trying to profit from others' creativity.
the latest, is The Munsters. a long, sad list of remakes, there; and the new one looks set to continue in that vein. for starters, it should be in black and white. that's not just cos of the make-up and costumery, but because that symbolically highlights the black and white of predjudice that's also a many shades of grey.
and no doubt the new one will rely heavily on computer animation rather than acting or scripting talent.

the A-Team film was just garbage. didn't they bother to consult viewers/fans at all? while the series may have been a vehicle for it's 'stars', The Vehicle (B.A.'s van) was THE STAR of the series and the vehicle for the whole series. but, where was it in the film???
even now, youngsters who've never seen the series refer to The A-Team Van.

and sticking with the theme of television-to-film, but offering a more positive view, i much like The Brady Bunch series of 'remake' films.
as a wise man once said, "That's the way to do it!"
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I guess for me, it would have to depend on the movie. The Bourne Identity original was ok, but I thought the remake was better. I saw an original “Titanic” (I’m told there were more than one), and I liked both the original I saw and the remake for different reasons. Also, take into consideration the time periods, when talking about remakes. With today’s update technology, could you imagine what a movie like “Short Circuit” could be like? I don’t know to be honest, some movies like “Dark Knight” IMHO is the best thing to ever happen to the Batman series, especially after the carnival crap they pulled after the second movie. TMNT, while the remake was pretty good and the original was live action; I gotta say, as a kid growing up and seeing them go from cartoon to real life? That was MAJOR! So of course, I’m going to side with the original on that one.
 

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The Itialian Job remake was as good or better than the origonal though different as was Oceans 11. I agree remakes are lazy and anoying in most cases.
 

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The best remake I can think of is "Cape Fear" starring Robert Di Nero. That's hard to beat. A bad remake for me was "The Haunting of Hill House". The beginning was good but then they veered far away from the original novel. I think the remake of "House on Haunted Hill" was better than the original with Vincent Price, but that may be a matter of personal choice. I liked the remake of "13 Ghosts" starring Tony Shalhoub far better than the old 50's original.
 

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To me, the recent remakes have all been sub-par & have not stayed true to what the originals had to offer!! The Halloween remakes, Friday the 13th, Dawn of the Dead, Star Trek, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, War of the Worlds & The Day the Earth Stood Still couldn't begin to say they were better than the originals & if they did, to me, they would be lying!!

Some remakes were good, the Poseidon Adventure, The Omen, The Haunting, Village of the Damned & Scarface!! And the best remake of all was, Titanic!! I know some remakes will be better, some worse & others on equal footing with the originals, but there are those that will not even try & will just have the title of an original & that is it!!
 

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I am completely baffled by the fact that there isn't a swamp thing remake. Used to be my favorite show. Both the cartoon and the live action series.
 

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Star Wars is one I hope they do not redo.

it's already happen, you just haven't realized it.

Han shot first in the original versions, now Greedo shoot's first in all new editions.

Plus the sound is edited out on this now I think.

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. I think the remake of "House on Haunted Hill" was better than the original with Vincent Price, but that may be a matter of personal choice.

I love 1999's House on Haunted Hill. It's a excellent ghost/haunted story and has elements of Paranoia like The Thing did. honestly, it's hard for me to think of anything wrong with the movie without watching it again. Plus it's one of the few if not only movie where one stereotype doesn't die.

house on the haunted hill 2 I haven't watched and I'll forever assume it's a piece of rubbish, along with "S. Darko."

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The Bourne Identity original was ok, but I thought the remake was better.

the Borne Legacy is a side movie set during or between one of the original 3 movies. As much as I love this know guy as a actor, I'm just waiting for a rental. Plus it's clearly a setup movie for his own franchise.
 
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The originals are always better.

I cried when I saw the Karate Kid remake. They changed all these things that there was no reason to change.

Like Mr. Miyagi to Mr. Han.

And I liked the plot of the old one better. I mean, who VOLUNTARILY moves to China from the U.S?

Overall, I'm not a fan of remakes.
 
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I generally don't like remakes, since they fail to stack up to the originals, and/or my own expectations. I always think originals are the better of the two, since they're the precursor to it. In spite of my attitude, there are some pretty neat remakes out there.
As for the question whether or not they're better/worse than what the original had to offer, I guess that depends, on some level, how much the remakes have improved (or detracted) from the original. I was hoping that a 4th Bourne movie wouldn't be out, mainly because I thought the 3rd movie ended in such a final (and excellent) way. I really hope somebody doesn't remake the original Star Wars movies.
 

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Ok,

Well I agree that remade movies are lazy...some have been done well and can stand on thier own.

One that comes to mind is 3:10 to Yuma...

I also don't discount the additional material added for like say star wars...it is still the same movie with just a bit more added...albeit odd in its effect in places.

Now movies like Charlie and the chocolate factory...
You can look at the new one as an epic fail compared to the gene wilder version.
Or the gene wilder version was an epic fail compared to the book and the new one.
But in that both have thier merits...I have both here...

Now what is usually an epic disaster is any great book turned into a movie....
The book once written in unweilding in its grasp at truth in the ages of time...
Movies...are never the same...each actor...even the same actors years later can and do change the movie in very noticeable ways...unlike a reprint of a book...movies are a fleeting grasp at capturing one persons interpretation of the book then skewed by actors, directors, even the technology of the day.

So, I've come to one conclusion, if you want to enjoy the movie, take it on its own merit and avoid comparison to the predecessors.

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The originals are always better.

I cried when I saw the Karate Kid remake. They changed all these things that there was no reason to change.

Like Mr. Miyagi to Mr. Han.

And I liked the plot of the old one better. I mean, who VOLUNTARILY moves to China from the U.S?

Overall, I'm not a fan of remakes.

More so if their black American's. Plus Mr.Hans back story was really boring and tried way to hard to make him "likeable". That said I did enjoy it for what it was, but it's clearly not as good as the original. The best thing is, it just proves Jaden Smith can hold his own. Which is likely good espcaily after min in black 3, from what I hear.
 
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