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Posted by aerhys on April 12, 2011
Remakes have always been common. At least for the better part of fifty years. Someone made a film, someone else wants to remake it a bit more modern. And sure, if something came out in the thirties or fifties, the current generation is probably going to want something a bit more up to date, or at least, up to the times. It works for things like Robin Hood. But more recently, it seems as if there is a complete lack of imagination in the cinematic world, because films are being remade that are not even ten years old. Works are being spit out again at a far more mediocre rate and, quite frankly, it is becoming a tired habit.
The lack of originality is showing.
Films made out of country are being remade for Hollywood. Why? Because apparently people cannot be bothered to read subtitles, or Hollywood wants the actors to be prettier. These ridiculous and shallow standards are usually to the detriment of the film, however, as most reviewers will agree that the original was far better. Take Låt den rätte komma in (translated as Let The Right One In) and Let Me In. Although Let Me In did not get terrible reviews, most agree that it was nothing like the original. State of Play is another. There are many other remakes, and some would not even require subtitles. Brothers US/Brødre Danish, Skins UK/Skins US, State of Play UK/State of Play US – the list goes on and on. Currently, more films like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and L’arnacœur are being remade. And whilst I am sure the cast are wonderful, will the scripts have anything on the originals?
The point is, why remake something that is already great? Is it purely for money? Can people really not handle reading subtitles? Is there any reason to remake something that’s been done brilliantly already?
And it is not only the foreign films that are suffering. Hollywood films that came out not a decade ago are being remade. Granted, they are mostly Superhero films which always have more stories to tell, but shouldn’t there be a Superhero per generation? Should we not enjoy one classic film for a while without shoving out another one?
Obviously I have a biased view. I am not very fond of remakes. For the most part, I find they do not work. Sure, there are the fair and few that are brilliant, and sometimes even surpass the originals, but that is not often.
And I’m not saying all remakes are bad, they just seem unnecessary.