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Are Remakes Always Rubbish?

Tuesday 8 January 2013, 12:01

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

In the light of the new Texas Chainsaw sequel/rehash/reboot/relaunch (whatever!) I ask whether these kind of movies are always money for old rope?

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    Comment number 1.

    Nice to hear that the Film Clib is to be resuscitated, thought it had been forgotten about.

    Poor effort at reboot/remake - recent Spiderman - completely unnecessary.

    Good effort - Star Trek - very impressed.

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    Comment number 2.

    The worst and most unwanted remake in my book is 'Rollerball'. Was there anything left of what made the original a brilliant film. To my mind 'Gladiator' is a better remake. All the same themes, using sport to keep a population distracted and compliant; the need for escalating violence to keep the crowd distracted; the crucial point that no champion can be bigger than the game or the system collapses.

    Best remake: The Postman Always Rings Twice. The original noir was great, but the Jack and Geena show had more passion, and was more believeable.

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    Comment number 3.

    Hi Mark,
    I enjoyed 3:10 to Yuma very much but i saw the remake before the original and this may have had an effect on my viewing.
    Although you may not agree with me, i thought David FIncher's version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was better than the original, Unnecessary maybe, but a better film. There are a few other remakes that were entertaining if not brilliant.

    Assault on precinct 13
    Cape Fear
    The Departed

    Let's also not forget that Michael Mann's Heat is a remake of Michael Mann's (TV Movie) LA Takedown. On top of that Terry Gilliam's masterpiece Twelve Monkeys is also a remake of a short french film call Le Jetee. Both of the above are brilliant films and are far superior to the originals.

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    Comment number 4.

    The immediate classic remake (or reboot or reimagining...) that springs to my mind is The Thing. Although the original is fine (although I contend it's very dated) Carpenter's version is simple brilliant.

    As for pointless ones I'm heading straight for The Day The Earth Stood Still.

    Nuff Said really.

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    Comment number 5.

    Best reboot/rehash? Surely it has to be Batman Begins. Such a visionary, refreshing and mature take of something that people had been messing around with half-heartedly for decades. It took them almost 70 years to realise that not every villain had to be the Joker in a different costume.

    Arguably Casino Royale can be included here... Not so much a reboot as an update, bringing Bond up to speed with it's 21st century Action/Spy/Thriller contemporaries, and just happening to leave most of them in the dust.

    Best remake? Arguably... and off the top of my head... The Coen Brothers' True Grit. Everyone involved truly at the top of their game. Fearless, funny, and heartbreaking.

    And the worst? There's a whole horde of mid to late 2000s Bay horror remakes that I'm sure would make the grade if I'd given them the time of day... but it must be Ringu remake The Ring. If not only for fluffing up the television scene so spectacularly with a fuzzy, ghost-like Sadako fluttering around the living room like a Star Wars hologram instead of a slimy, tactile and terrifyingly tangible apparition crawling out of the screen. Oh... it was Gore Verbinski. Sorry, I should have just started with that.


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