For those of you that haven't heard yet, Spike Lee decided to do a remake of the highly successful film Oldboy (or as it was originally called- "Oldeuboi"- 2003) which already has 8.4/10 on IMDb and an 81/94 Critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The obvious question is, just how arrogant (or better yet myopic) a director has to be to think he can top those ratings and come up with something even better than the original?! FAT CHANCE!
If you are not familiar with his work, here are some quotes about him by some of his fellow film professionals. P.s. I used to think they were a bit out of line, but apparently I might owe them an apology. They must know something we don't. (Here is the LINK to the original article)
Tyler Perry on Spike Lee:
“Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that… Spike needs to shut the hell up!”
Clint Eastwood on Spike Lee:
“A guy like him should shut his face.”
Let's take a look at the Loglines for comparison...
- After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days.
...and the Spike Lee version:
- An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.
You probably agree with me, one can barely recognize the original! The script must be also full of unexpected twists and plots (NOT)!
On a positive note, hats off to him for managing to scam some investors in today's economy to cough up the $$$ for the production which included Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Brolin, and Elizabeth Olsen (you know the one with the talent). Everyone knows nowadays even studios are fighting for every single seat to be filled, so why would anyone pay $13 for a most likely crappy remake when you can see the awesome original on Hulu for free?!
I will watch this though (on DVD) just to see what he manages to turn a great movie into. I am really a bit dumbfounded at how he could've thought this would be a good idea? Or that no-one around him from his entourage spoke up and said "Listen it might be a bit hard to make this better than the original, even for a director with talent"...
P.S. There should be a law prohibiting artistic plagiarism and of course an appropriate punishment for those doing it (looking at you Spike Lee)