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Movie Makeovers

What does everybody think about all of these remakes going on? I mean, I don’t mind one every now and again, but when’s it too much?

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Vintage Movie Reel (Photo credit: Salvagenation)

I just recently finished my Spider-Man trilogy collection. I happened to find the third one in the discount bin at Wal-Mart, which equals total score. I enjoyed all of the Spider-Man movies, but I was still excited when I found out that The Amazing Spider-Man was coming out. I happened to see both Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man in theaters. I enjoyed both of them. I happened to think Andrew Garfield was a better Spidey, and a better Peter Parker. But it’s a little crazy to think that two separate sets of Spidey movies have been released just five years apart.

Should it be that easy for movie makers to have a do-over?

The last Batman movie came out eight years before Batman Begins, but something needed to happen for us to forget that thing.

How about what’s going on with Superman? Before Superman Returns in 2006 we had Superman IV: The Quest for Peace in 1987, which was a big pile of poo. I really enjoyed Superman Returns, but apparently I was the only one. They’re coming out with another reboot, Man of Steel, in 2013.

We’re not only talking about Superhero movies here. How about True Grit (1969) or True Grit (2010)? I haven’t seen either one of those. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). I did like both of these. And now this brings us to the movie(s) that started me thinking about this in the first place.

Footloose (1984) and Footloose (2011). Two good movies. The thing with these movies is the remake also had to have the music updated, which I think they did a good job doing. I did like the 2011 Willard a little more than the 1984 one too. You know what I can’t wait for? That’s right, Footloose (2037). Any bets on if this is going to happen or not?

So, what do you guys think?

15 thoughts on “Movie Makeovers

    1. Yeah, or Ocean’s Eleven. There is always going to be someone out there that thinks they can do it better than the other guy. I really don’t mind any of these remakes, just wondering where all the original stories are these days.

  1. The remakes I watch tend to be of a different genre than the ones you listed: Sabrina (Humphrey Bogart) and Sabrina (Harrison Ford). Jane Eyre (1943 Orson Welles) (1970 George c Scott) (1983 Timmothy Dalton) (1996 William Hurt) (1996 Toby Stephens) (1997 Ciarin Hinds) I’ve watched 3 versions of Pride and Prejudice, 3 of Emma..etc etc…I like watching remakes of movies of my favorite books because each movie gets an aspect of the book that the others missed. My favorite movie to watch remakes of is the versions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Every Christmas I watch as many as I can, always including “Scrooge” the musical with Albert Finney and “A Muppets’ Christmas Carol” with Michael Cain and also the dramatic reading by Patrick Stewart, which is better than the movie he stars in. The most recent one with Jim Carey was horrifying and awful and I’ll never get that one again.

      1. Don’t watch all of those Jane Eyre’s. Pick either the Timothy Dalton version (BBC) or the Toby Stephens one (Masterpiece Theater). I meant to watch “Scrooged” last year, but never managed to get to it. I’ll have to see it this year. I do like Bill Murray. Except for Lost in Translation and Life Aquatic. ugh.

  2. I loved Toby Maquire’s Spidey – he seemed perfect to me. I just like Spiderman as a hero because he’s more believable as a person. Most people can’t identify with being all powerful or a rich billionaire, but they can identify with being a nerd. Or so I hear.

    I couldn’t see the reason to update Footloose. I loved the original soundtrack.

    I saw all three Xmen movies. I’m pretending the third one does not exist. The Wolverine one wasn’t too bad, but seriously, there are other characters.

    I just can’t buy anyone else but Christopher Reeves as Superman. And why do they have to keep making Supes such a weenie? I mean, you have super powers. You ought to at least be able to get a hot date.

    The worst? Scarlett, the sequel not written by the author of Gone with the Wind. Come ON. No one can replace Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.

    1. Andrew Garfield did a real good job, not to take anything away from Tobey, but I preferred Andrew.

      The only thing I didn’t like about the new footloose was the cover of the song Blake Shelton did. I think we could have went without that.

      Did you see First Class? It was amazing. I think they have a Deadpull movie in the works too.

      I thought Branden Routh did good when it came to Playing Clark Kent. He reminded me of Reeves.

      Haven’t seen or read that. Sorry.

  3. You haven’t seen Gone with the Wind???? You must. I admit I haven’t read the book. It is very, very long but the movie is supposedly an excellent adaptation.

    I saw First Class. I liked it. Interesting new take.

    Didn’t care for the Superman Returns thing – he sounded like a bit of a weenie. I did like the guy in Lois and Clark okay.

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