From: Dunstable ,Bedfordshire.
Registered: Jan 2005
posted February 14, 2016 03:20 AM
Just a thread that maybe hasn't been done on here before specifically for films that you think should or shouldn't have been re made. The Dad's Army film thread got me thinking about the mixed reviews and that some liked it and are glad it's been brought back into the lime light whereas others think it should have been left alone.
My choice of film would be the 2003 Italian Job which wasn't as good as the 1969 version, i thought at the time it shouldn't be done!! What do you guys think? Mark.
posted February 14, 2016 04:50 AM
Remakes are done because good stories just get re-told for new generations. There are many films that have been re-made that I think they should have let the original stand alone. One that comes to mind is PSYCHO....the remake is a shot for shot re-do....more of an experiment...Gus should have made it his own instead of a straight copy.
From: Herne Bay, Kent. U.K.
Registered: Oct 2011
posted February 14, 2016 09:32 AM
I have very mixed feelings about re makes. Some I think have been an improvement, others poorer than the original. I much prefer the original 1940s version of "Great expectations", the 1935 version of "Scrooge"/ Christmas Carol". On the other hand I thought the recent version of "True Grit" was better than the John Wayne version. I like many John Wayne films and thought the early 1937 "Stagecoach" was better than the later version with Bing Crosby despite the fact that because my mother was an ardent fan of Crosby, I have probably seen every film he appeared in! I even copied his voice style as a youngster and knew all the words of his records!! Many of the newer versions of old films have the advantage of improved technology but that does not necessarily mean they are better. What I do find annoying is the poor diction and dialogue quality in many modern productions and with a few exceptions the habit of repetition of what has been a popular production using the same characters, like another episode of a soap opera. e.g. "Shrek" and other CGI films and "Pirates of the Caribbean". Maybe its because I am getting old!! Ken Finch.
From: West Midlands United Kingdom
Registered: Aug 2011
posted February 14, 2016 01:41 PM
Michael, how could they make "House on haunted hill" without Vincent price ??, no way man, the Italian job another shambles made by the film companies with more money than sense. Both in my opinion should have made it to super 8, damn shame they never did. My nomination would be The day the earth stood still, with Keanu Reeve, who's acting is more wooden than arnie's and more stiffer than the robot in the film, what a load of CGI clap trap.
posted February 14, 2016 06:29 PM
Oh Lordy I had forgotten ( thankfully ) about the Day The Earth Stood Still remake sort of. Absolutely dire, and the origional still stands up against anything and everything 65 years later.
My youngest absolutely loves it. The proper one that is.
The Omen remake was pretty poor compared to the Superb Origional, Like Halloween I suppose too.
And the list goes On. Great thread.
PS isn`t there a Ben Hur remake in the offing !!! ooerr!!!
posted February 14, 2016 08:53 PM
Yeah I hate to pile on but the remake of Day the Earth Stood Still was really bad....I was hoping it would be good but it was really bad. I wonder if anyone has just seen the new one and not the original and liked the new one?
posted February 16, 2016 10:08 AM
(They) are working on yet another one , as we type - When an artist indelibly places their stamp on a role or project, isn't it difficult to see anyone else even tamper with the idea? While I agree to a degree, we cannot be blinded by our desires - Other technicians and performers have THEIR particular sway on a variation, so must be applauded for that very reason
From: Dunstable ,Bedfordshire.
Registered: Jan 2005
posted February 16, 2016 11:38 AM
True Grit also springs to mind, how could you follow John Wayne in one of his most famous films, one that shouldn't have been made again, the 2010 version although a good cast just couldn't compete.
posted February 16, 2016 11:48 PM
The remake of John Carpenter's classic "The Fog" is one of the all time worse remakes possible, and Carpenter even let his name go on the credits as an executive producer, he must have been short of a few Dollars (why else have a credit on this piece of s---!).
From: Gorleston, Norfolk, UK
Registered: May 2014
posted February 17, 2016 06:26 PM
They should have never done the 2002 remake of my favourite film which is George Pals 1960 The Time Machine.I Love everything about it from the victorian setting right through to the future of mankind an absolute classic film.
posted February 18, 2016 02:04 AM
Funny you should mention a "Time Machine" I was thinking of building one, using a spare platter deck for the bit that goes round at the back, even got a motor and gearbox, weld up a frame attach an old movie seat "got one of those" complete with cup holder. Attach a few bits and bobs on the front, and we are away