What do you think of movie remakes.... do you like them?

@laydee (12809)
Philippines
April 29, 2010 9:04am CST
There have been a lot of movie remakes lately, perhaps you've seen "Planet of the Apes", "Psycho", "House of Wax", "The Stepford Wives", "Freaky Friday", "Clash of the Titans", "Starwars", and the most recent "Alice In Wonderland" though I don't think Alice is a re-make because it's actually the part 2 of the real story of Alice in Wonderland. So, what do you think of them? Are you excited to watch them? or are you just there to see 'what is different'? I am actually more of there to see what is different and what's better. I'm not really in it anymore with regards the story. I think the worst Re-make film is Pscyho because the original was already very good. What do you think?
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@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
29 Apr 10
Hi laydee. I think I have yet to see a remake that was better than the original. Remakes are something I would not bother going to the cinema to see, I would just wait and rent it out on DVD. The only reason that I can think of as to why remakes exist, is simply that Hollywood is running out of ideas. I watched Clash of the Titans the other night and apart from the visual effects it was very weak compared to the original. As for the remake of Psycho, that was the most pointless shot for shot remake ever. How could they even think that Vince Vaughan could touch Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
Oh yeah, tell me about it. Anthony Perkins was made for pscyho. hehehe.. I think that movie remake was as lazy as can be. The only difference there was the color, actors and the amount of money she stole. I think this is the danger of remaking films. How can you remake something that was already 'the best'? What can you add if there's nothing more to add? Worst, who would dare beat the original cast when the match was already made in heaven? Though I think the remake of Willy Wonka's Chocoate factory was quite good. The imagination was better and the capabilities of effects better as well. The chocolate seems yummier as well.
@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
Not to mention that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory answered a lot of questions of the Willy Wonka movie like: 1. Where or how did Willy Wonka find those Oompa Loompa’s workers? 2. Where did Willy Wonka come from - who his parents were? and all sorts of questions.
@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
4 May 10
Anthony Perkins was definitely some great casting. I did see the new Willy Wonka movie and I like Tim Burton's stuff a lot. Depp did a good job but the movie still did not have the same charm as the original. The musical numbers in the new one were not a patch on the old ones.
@LadyDD (518)
• Romania
2 May 10
It is very interesting to watch remakes of the old movies. First, you can see how technology advanced and make a comparison between the two. For example, I don't like music in most old movies and certain scenes that seem artificial. Second, there might be changes in script between the two. So I love to watch both old movies and their remakes.
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
5 May 10
Aren't you discouraged at all with the quality of the remakes?
@LadyDD (518)
• Romania
5 May 10
We must be honest and say that not all remakes are of bad quality. Old movies have in general the fascination of old times and old actors, just like an old book. But there are remakes of good quality. I liked very much the remake of the Planet of the Apes, for example.
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@Christoph56 (1507)
• Canada
30 Apr 10
Star Wars also wasn't a remake, it was an entirely new storyline. The ones that came out in the 2000s were 1,2 and 3, and the ones made in the 70s-80s were 4,5, and 6. For the most part, remakes stink. They're remakes of movies that are classic and amazing for a reason, and very very seldomly is the remake any kind of improvement, its more common for them to wreck the original concepts. Psycho is a perfect example. The hidden contexts and the black and white film noir of the first one was really the magic, while the new one just shoved it in your face. That doesn't make a good movie.
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
1 May 10
They did remake Star Wars, remember when they put in a lot of cool shots and CGIs for the beams and the effects? That was a remake.
• Canada
1 May 10
Ohhhhhh Man... what was I thinking? They had the big line, "See it Again, for the first time!" Although, that was more of a re-release then a re-make... I would still rather watch those newer versions of Star Wars long before I'd want to see the re-make of Psycho again...
• United States
30 Apr 10
I love them!!!! I am hoping to see a remake of Sleepaway Camp soon!
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
1 May 10
Hmm.. never heard of that film. When was that made originally?
• United States
1 May 10
It would have been made in the early 80's. I couldn't find the original in IMBD, but did find a sequel to it. maybe they won't if the original isn't anywhere to be found? link to sequel http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096118/plotsummary
29 Apr 10
I'm still not sure where I sit with regards to remakes. On the one hand, some films have been remade with a lot of success such as The Bourne Identity which in my mind has surpassed the original (though its taken me numerous viewings to come to that conclusion). On the other hand, so many of these remakes are being made purely to make money. My view on remakes is simple: If the main reason for doing it is to better the original, then please keep them coming. But if it is purely to make money then keep them away from me.
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@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
29 Apr 10
The main reason is usually money
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
I don't think anyone these days would be doing a project without Money as the priority. Most especially that these actors are very much expensive not to mention the CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) is what usually drives movies these days and not the story lines nor the acting.
@sender621 (14933)
• United States
29 Apr 10
Movie goers get excited at the prospect of their favorite film classics getting a remake. Then you go to see the remake of the film with such anticipation. Most of the time the remakes are such a let down. Nothing can be better than the original. This is so true of sll the great film classics.
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• Australia
29 Apr 10
really agree, the original one is always the best... it will always be in memory... like firs love... you wont find another one to replace...
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
Oh yeah, nothing beats the original because it's the first time you see it. But it would be different though if the person saw the remake first before seeing the original. This happened when Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was seen by my teenager brother first before we told him that there was a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and he saw it. He remarked that the old film wasn't as good as the new one.
@gelica05 (40)
• United States
10 Jul 10
i think remakes should be allowed after a couple of decades have passed because times have changed and new imaginations are a plus on an older film. remakes aren't necessarily needed though after a couple of years, but if it isn't meant to be a remake than leaving the classic as a classic is always best to do.
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
13 Oct 10
I think they're following that rule though. I haven't seen a remake that didn't happen after a long while in the movie. However, I'm just disgusted when there's obviously some buzz in the movie world and somehow everyone is doing the 'remakes'.
@5speed (7)
• United States
1 May 10
I am not really into the remakes. What made the movie so popular in the first place was in part because of the acting of the original cast. As others have mentioned, the color might be better and special effects are definitely more advanced, but nothing compares to that original moment that first got our attention.
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
5 May 10
True, the originals will always get our attention. The remakes could stir the curiosity. But remakes are also good for those who weren't able to watch to originals.
• United States
1 May 10
of the ones you listed i personally like the stepford wives and freaky friday. the original freaky friday was probably better but it didnt ruin the remake. most remakes are ruined because the first ones were so good. im also annoyed because there doesnt seem to be any original movies anymore. it seems like all new movies are remakes or books.
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
1 May 10
Stepford Wives remake was also good but wasn't 'suspense' anymore as compared to the original which was a horror flick I guess. You were right with regards the new movies these days. It seems that producers are tightening up their belts and would rather produce something already making money as compared to something that is still unique and raw to make. Though it clearly shows that when you link the book with the movie and vice versa, both sells which is the point of why these producers are in this business in the first place. I think it would be okay once in a while for movie makers to do a remake or the book, but if everything you see have the same theme or the same type, that's really causing moviegoers constipation.
@stanley777 (7257)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
i don't really have big expectation when the y make a remake on old movies- because usually the original is much better. But yes, I would still watch them though, to see another version; because there might be some new stuff added to the plot . But I also think there are also some good remakes- although I can't really mention any- I don't remember any.
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
1 May 10
Yeah, I believer there really are good movie remakes but the statistics is quite low versus the ones that are really bad.
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
hello laydee, well, visual effects are really great but you know some are just wanted to earn money from these remakes. they even remake the undying star trek. i don't know maybe they are running out o ideas for remakes. hey, they even create a movie aswang on a another foreign show
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
1 May 10
I think that's it - they have ran out of ideas for movies but they don't want to spend on something that isn't sure to earn big bucks. I mean, for sure there are a lot of screenwriters with creative and good concepts for movies and such, but they have no names yet - they're not known. The movie producers of this era are far too 'safe' because it involves a lot of cash and should they have done films as to try a screenwriter out, they'd lose a lot should the movie flap. Which is why they resort to remaking so as to be sure that there will be audiences who'd like to see them or compare them with the great original film. They don't really care about the feedback because once you pay for that ticket, they're making money.
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
move remakes is good,it adds income to the movie industry and shows the creativity of the producers and all the staffs.
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
i mean the creativity of the directors
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@airakumar (1555)
• India
30 Apr 10
I think movie remakes are good. We could see more improved versions but the original movie has their own essence and charm which you couldn't find in the remakes one but yes, you will enjoy more than before. Certainly, remakes have been a staple of Hollywood programming from its earliest days. FRANKENSTEIN has been remade so many times it's often forgotten that James Whale's originals 1931 version was in fact a remake of a 1910 one-reeler. Ditto the 31 DRACULA, which was already adapted in 1922, It's impossible to count how many Shakespeare adaptations have graced American screens. Alfred Hitchcock went so far as to remake one of his own films, 1934 THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, in 1956. I also believe the Hollywood remake boom is directly tied to the industry's current love of sequels. Clearly, remakes are dicey propositions, and yet they continue to be churned out in record numbers.
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
Oh my gosh, the years you mentioned are too old for me and I haven't really had the opportunity to watch those. I hope there's a website that freely shows those remakes. Or a movie house which features classics instead of remakes.
@nisheeth (506)
• India
30 Apr 10
It depends..some times its feels good.some times very odd..it depends upon the directors and actors as well.
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
Like which ones?
• United States
30 Apr 10
some of the movies are good remakes they just have to follow most of the plot and have good actors so i dont mind most of them.
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
Which remakes do you think are good?
• China
30 Apr 10
I prefer to like the movie first make, but I don't like the remakes movie, because I think the story is more important than other artifice. I love all of the movie by TOM HANKS and other scenario strong, for example: truman show, the legend of 1900. if you watch the two movie concatenation, you will be convulse. my heart is single for old movie, I get so much sensation,promptin,happy. Hope everyone can get the same sense.
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
Oh tell me about it. I love the classics. But sadly, stores don't have much of them and the online things are just not worth it.
• United States
30 Apr 10
To tell you the truth most of the time I'm not really impressed by the remakes. I always think that the original is better. One thing that really gets me mad about all these remakes is that it seems that Hollywood is running out of ideas and they can not come up with anything original. There are plenty of talented writers here in NYC that can write screenplays and I'm not just saying that because I'm a writer. I've never written a screenplay in my life but I'm really tired of all these remakes. I heard that they are going to remake Footloose which just got me really angry. But most of the time they are not as good as the originals. I don't know but that is just my personal opinion.
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
Oh really, they're attempting to do Footloose? With who? Usually these movies identify well to the original people who portrayed them. The characters are like 'stuck' to these actors and when they do re-makes and sequels and change the actors, the audience would seem to be 'lost'. Just like the sequels of James Bond where when they do decide to change the main actors (James Bond) the first new actor movie would be the testing-the-waters stage to see if the actor could convince the audience that he could be James Bond or not. But probably the best James Bond ever for me is Pierce Brosnan.
@dloveli (4368)
• United States
29 Apr 10
You have a point Laydee. I dont think they are remakes as much as they are part two's. I am dying to see them though because its the same as when you read the book then they make a movie on it. You want to see it if for nothing else curiosity. After you see the remake its usually a disappointment because you're expecting to see the EXACT and its not usually the case. Some of them are actually better. dl
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
I think the whole idea of remaking is quite challenging for both the viewers and the makers. On the viewer's point-of-view, you try to compare the two pieces together (the original and the remake), you may perhaps be disappointed most of the time because instead of finding 'wow' factor in movies, the tendency is for you to spot the difference. On the other hand, on the makers point-of-view, it's tough for him really to remake something already good like the movie 'psycho', however, if the movie wasn't much before then the re-maker's opportunity to make it better is wider. But the problem in both is that viewers may find the cost of going to the movies not worth it if they'll just be there to spot-the-difference, and on the re-maker's point-of-view they must choose a movie that was already making it big before so as to be sure that audiences would still patronize it. Giving the re-maker a limited scope of what movies have potential and which movies could generate more funds at the least amount of cost.
@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
29 Apr 10
Some movies are classic and can never be remade to take the place of the original.Movies like gone with the wind are better left immortalised in our minds as they are I think it would be better if movie makers took an aspect of the original and expand on it like a sequel but not do a omplete remake
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
I think some movies could be remade simply because people have not been able to watch them. Like the movies of yesteryears way back when our parents were young and we were not even in this earth yet.
• Australia
29 Apr 10
im really not interested in watching those remakes of some classic films. though, nowadays, the technique improved a lot, but the classic original ones are too great to be remade. maybe because people expect too much on those remakes. nowadays, as the improvement of living standard, more and more people afford to watch movies, and the commercial income of "Avatar" is higher than "Tatanic", but is it really means Avatar is better, or can be awarded as the best? the Part 2 of Twilight--New Moon, is one place in front of the famous Forrest Gump. WTF... i really wish that more people care about the classic films, protect them, and broadcast them again, not remake them to make commercial profit!!!
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
Hmm.. True. I think broadcasting them would be better than doing them all over again. I can't believe that New Moon has beaten Forrest Gump??? The acting is a far outcry and the story line is just for teenagers who are still in the stage where they think 'romance is the key to love'.