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Nostalgia for sale?

No matter how you say it – Remake, Reimagining, and our most hated term Reboot – its basically just another way of saying Hollywood is out of ideas.

We understand that Hollywood is essentially a corporation and needs to keep making money, but they are supposed to be selling ideas. It’s reason for existing is to share artistic visions and push the boundaries of imagination, not look backwards and recycle everything that was popular before.

Way to take advantage of our nostalgia Hollywood.

No matter how much we love Flight of the Navigator there is no way you will get one cent of our money to see a remake without terrible 80’s music and Pee Wee Herman voicing Max.

You are the Navigator!

It should be up to the parents of today to educate their children on the classics they grew up with. When – or if – we ever decide to have kids (God help them), they will grow up watching classics that our parents made us watch. Not to mention all the amazing films that were released when we grew up in addition to the new films being created.

A prime example of why Hollywood needs to leave the classics alone is the atrocity that was The Day The Earth Stood Still. Aside from the fact that someone, somewhere thought Keanu effing Reeves was a good choice for Klaatu – the movie was a giant festering turd compared to the original. It is the perfect example of how using fancy new visual effects to “improve” on something is not enough.

Klaatu Barada Neo

However, as bad as Keanu’s Klaatu was, nothing compares to Sam Worthington’s shaved-headed Perseus in the remake of Clash of the Titans. We can all agree, the original was a giant piece of cheese, but it was entertaining and watchable. Not to mention, all the characters had period-appropriate hairstyles. We would watch Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion animation any day over the CGI effects of the new version.

Apparently Sam Worthington thinks a Demi-God should look like a Marine.

We could spend all night listing the top offenders, here is the shortlist: War of the Worlds, Pyscho, King Kong, The Omen, Alice in Wonderland (we’ll get into Tim Burton’s remake mishaps at a later date). And that doesn’t even touch on the planned upcoming releases including Footloose, The Crow, Akira, The Birds, The Neverending Story and Monster Squad.

Sadly the thing we can’t seem to think of is a remake that was actually good. We’ve got nothing. At all.

Is there such a thing as a good remake?

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About surlygurls

We’re two SurlyGurls brought together by a love of all things awesome and an equal hate of all things which are an affront to awesomeness everywhere.

Posted on August 16, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I didn’t know that they were remaking The Neverending Story!!!! How can you possibly improve on that movie??? It is awesome – in fact, it is my favourite movie. I cannot think of one good reason to remake that – or The Crow, or any of the others that you mentioned. I completely agree with everything said in this post.

    • Hi Nicole, This remake has been in talks for a while, IMDb.com has a release date of 2014…but that’s about all they have. Hopefully, it is one of those projects that never makes it past the early stages of production!

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