These days, I get most of my upcoming movie news from social media. The big name pages on social media have the scoop on all of the movie news – from new movies being developed, to casting decisions. One of the reasons I enjoy (and also loathe) news on social media is that I get to see what the general “consensus” is of the announcement. Are people outraged, do they love it, do they hate it, do they even want it?
One of the biggest detriments of dredging through any comment section on Facebook is that you have to read a lot of garbage. Since people get to like, or react, to comments they agree or don’t agree with, a common theme generally begins to appear within a few minutes. This makes it easy to determine what the feelings about the announcement are. This is where it can potentially turn sour.
Social Media Shapes Opinion
What tends to happen is, as more people like certain comments, our own perceptions actually change. We begin to agree with whoever is loudest. I’ve noticed this happen with myself, and others who may or may not also write for this site. The ability of social media to shape or mold our opinions cannot be overlooked. It is not until we really put some real thought into it, that we may actually realize what has happened.
This phenomenon is exactly what happened with this article. I came here, in a fit of rage, to comment on an announcement made on social media about a reboot of yet another 90s movie that I loved – The Mighty Ducks – something that seemed totally unforgivable. After I typed the first paragraph out, I started thinking about any example of a bad remake. It was going to be a tirade.
As I started thinking about examples, I kept thinking of ones that ranged from “Fantastic” to “Pretty Good.” I kept finding it harder and harder to find examples of reboots or remakes that never should have happened. So I deleted the first paragraph, and started over with a new mindset.
The latest of my childhood memories on the block to be crushed? The Mighty Ducks.Jeff, Original Article
Great Remakes and Reboots
A remake doesn’t have to be better than the original to still be considered good. That is an important statement to make. People tend to favor things that happened in the past, especially if that past happened during their childhood – where everything was just better. Below is a list of remakes that are great.
- The Fugitive
- Mission Impossible
- The Dark Knight Trilogy
- Gone in 60 Seconds
- The Fast and The Furious
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
- 3:10 to Yuma
- Godzilla (2014)
- Ocean’s Eleven
- Dawn of the Dead
- Casino Royale
- On The Beach
There are other great films that are remakes, but I don’t exactly count them because the original is not something that most people would have ever seen (e.g. The Departed, True Lies, Scarface) and I find that to be kind of cheating to be calling it a remake. That is also by no means a comprehensive list. This is simply a quick list of remakes that I found to be done very well – many of which are superior to the original.
Bad Remakes and Reboots
There are, of course, a slew of remakes out there that leave us scratching our heads. For some of these, even the originals were bad, so it’s hard to understand why it was ever remade. Then there are the remakes that are made in order to try to fit in with whatever political statement is being made at the time. These are the most egregious cases of bad remakes. Below is a short list of remakes that never should have happened.
- Ghostbusters (2016)
- Death Race
- Robocop (2014)
- Charlies Angels (2000)
- The Lion King (2019)
- Aladdin (2019)
- Terminator: Genisys
- Annie (2014)
Somehow, a few of these garnered sequels (Death Race), and some of them are getting yet another reboot (Charlies Angels). These are all movies that I think most people would agree should have never happened. I’m sure there are more examples, they just don’t obviously stand out to me.
In the Middle
There is a middle category of movies. Movies that weren’t great but also weren’t bad. I think they fell victim the most to the nostalgia bug – making them seem worse than they actually were. I rather enjoyed these movies, but can understand why people would say that they are not good, or at least not as good as the original.
- Total Recall (2012)
- Red Dawn (2012)
- The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
- Man of Steel (2013)
- Beauty and The Beast (2017)
- A Star is Born (2018)
Should This Continue?
This is the question I originally came in here to answer. Should Hollywood continue to churn out remakes and reboots of older movies? The answer, of course, is maybe. Some stories are great enough to deserve a modern take on them – especially movies that are decades old. Other movies were never good in the first place and absolutely do not deserve a remake. I think there should definitely be a time limit on these though. A remake of a movie made within the past 10 years should not happen.
The reason for the remake should make sense too. Sometimes, modern effect like CGI can be a welcome update to an old classic, other times not so much. For now, I will give remakes the benefit of the doubt. Let’s hope the remake of The Mighty Ducks does the original justice, and provides the next generation with as much joy as it did for my generation.