Are There Too Many Remakes?

United States
July 9, 2012 1:28pm CST
In the past several years, there have been a significant amount of remakes. There have been critics and fans suggesting that some films should never be remade; these films have achieved classic status. It is out on the table now that Dirty Dancing is wanting to be remade. For me, I just don't think that this should happen because: 1) Dirty Dancing is an 80s classic that exceeded all the expectations of what a coming of age movie should be. The film demonstrated this young girl who thought that she was mature for her age until she goes on a family vacation and realizes that she is more naive than she thought that she was. She falls in love with a man that, it appears, older than her, but he helps her realize that she has a lot going on for her than just being naive and idealistic. She also influences this guy in a way that you don't have to look for the negative in all people because there are some good people "who are willing to stand up for themselves no matter what it costs them." 2) Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze where the it performers to inhabit the roles of Johhny Castle and Baby Houseman. I'm sorry, but I just don't see anyone measuring up to these two performers. Come on...who would? I would think that would be too much pressure on the new performers doing the remake. 3) Most remakes go BUST. There are a few remakes that supersede the original, but this is rare. When I see a few, it is like 1% out of the 99%. One in particular is a horror/zombie movie--Dawn of the Dead. Better and faster Zombies... My point is that a remake should not be made unless the original was a dismal disaster.
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5 responses
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
9 Jul 12
I haven't watched that movie yet but I can definitely agree that some movies should just remain in classic status. With all the available technology and knowledge now, remakes really sound like a good idea, and in some cases it does. As you have said, it should only be done when the original is a total disaster of a movie. I would definitely like to see some movies remade while there are also some that I would like to keep as good memories. Remakes are also a good marketing strategy, as they are re-introducing movies and giving it the possibility of a sequel. I know some movies would just fit into that strategy.
• United States
10 Jul 12
Choybel, At this moment, I cannot think of any movies that I think need to be remade. Although I will say that there a very few that I liked that have been like "Straw Dogs." I appreciate the acting in that one...but it's really Alexander Skarsgard that gives that movie its worth watching status for he plays an incredible villain.
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
12 Jul 12
If you have watched Stephen King's movie rendition of the novel "IT", maybe you would also agree to a remake. I have read that they are actually going to do a remake of that and so I was excited about it. The novel was so good that the movie didn't make justice to it. Now, I just hope with all the available technology, they would make good use of the effects and sounds to make the story into something that will really be remarkable.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
9 Jul 12
Hello Wumpy and welcome to myLot. I also haven't seen "Dirty Dancing" and don't plan to watch any remakes. I don't like to see remakes because they don't do the original justice. Actually the remakes that I have seen have such a different story line that they are entirely a different movie and should have a different name too.I think that the writer in Hollywood have run out of ideas or have very poor writers these days. They shouldn't try to remake the classics at all.
• India
16 Dec 12
Hi friend, lot of remake movies and serials are available now, however the remake things never replace the original one and it is always having its uniqueness and importance.
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
10 Jul 12
As long as a new generation will appreciate old movies, then I am all for it. There are some instances that new remakes will be better than the old one.
@akash009 (453)
• India
10 Jul 12
hello, I too think the same thing. Hollywood is making many number of remakes. It's not good. Some remakes are really good and they deserved to me remade but other's are really classic, no one should touch them . And moreover people here are desperate to watch new story. Why are you guys always showing us those old classic stories. Get over it man. come on man show us something new. show us your creativity. Why are always digging into old stuff. What happened to the HOllywood. Where are all the great writers?