Can remakes be better than the original?

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Can remakes be better than the original?

Post  Live for Films on Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:04 am

Hollywood loves a remake. It is easier for them and has a built in fan base. More often than not they are not very good.

However, are there any remakes that are better than the original or what films are crying out to be remade?
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Post  Virgil Brigman on Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:54 pm

I really liked Ocean's Eleven and, I hope this isn't considered sacrilege, but I adore the Pierce Brosnan/Rene Russo version of The Thomas Crown Affair. I think both of those movies modernise and in some cases approve upon the originals in a way. Changing a bank robbery to an art theft in the case of Thomas Crown is a smart narrative move and I think the movie is the best Pierce Brosnan has been away from 007.

I believe that if something new can be added to it and there's a story telling reason for remaking a movie, then go for it, but what concerns me a lot is that movies are being remade with merry abandon and for no reason it seems other than sheer unoriginality.
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Post  Live for Films on Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:13 pm

A valid point and I also think the Thomas Crown remake was a pretty good movie.
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Re: Can remakes be better than the original?

Post  stuart on Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:55 pm


While better than the original remakes are few and far between, a few that stand out for me would be The Fly, Cape fear, Scarface, Vanilla Sky and The Thing. Speaking of Carpenter, I'd love to see a reboot of They Live. Very Happy

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Post  Live for Films on Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:19 pm

A They Live remake keeps getting mentioned. I love the original - best fight scene of all time - but I could see a remake working.

Instead of sunglasses what could they use? Who should star in it?
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Post  Virgil Brigman on Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:43 pm

stuart wrote:
While better than the original remakes are few and far between, a few that stand out for me would be The Fly, Cape fear, Scarface, Vanilla Sky and The Thing. Speaking of Carpenter, I'd love to see a reboot of They Live. Very Happy

Personally I think Vanilla Sky is one of Tom Cruise's best movies, I found it to be a very deeply moving experience, although I should point out that I never seen the Spanish original.

I don't know if anyone could be as special as Roddy Piper in They Live though. Could anyone run out of gum with as much style as he did. Smile
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Post  stuart on Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:51 pm

Live for Films wrote:A They Live remake keeps getting mentioned. I love the original - best fight scene of all time - but I could see a remake working.

Instead of sunglasses what could they use? Who should star in it?

That fight scene is classic. I think for a remake maybe it could be set slightly in the future with an ambiance of movies like Blade Runner and that whole dystopia thing going on. You could keep the sunglasses, albeit an updated version, or you could have some sort of eye drops that create a film over the eyes in order to increase the visual spectrum. Maybe have someone like Josh Brolin in the lead?

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