It's been a few months, but everyday I get so angry knowing that there is currently meetings taking place to remake one of Christopher Nolan's best films, Memento.
"It-it- the f - it - flam - flames. Flames, on the side of my face, breathing-breathi- heaving breaths. Heaving breaths... Heathing..."
It's so hard to justify this remake. Someone please give me an answer, why? Memento was made 16 years ago, but it still holds up to this day. There is no reason to remake this, except that it's easy to make a good movie, when you're remaking a great movie. So that got me thinking. Most remakes are remakes of good to great movies. Scarface is a good movie, so let's remake it into a good movie, and soon it will be remade again, and more than likely be good. Internal Affairs is a good movie, let's remake that into another good movie The Departed. Let the Right One In is a good movie, but we don't want to have to read the subtitles, so let's do an American version called Let Me In, and it will be a good movie. You get my point.
So here's my challenge Hollywood. Let's start remaking bad movies, and making them good. I don't need another Pete's Dragon, I can still watch the original and it's still good. It's even kind of cocky to say that, someone in Hollywood today can do a better version of The Birds or Psycho, better than one of the greatest directors in cinema's history. Gus Van Sant's Psycho is pretty much a shot for shot remake, Vince Vaughan delivers an incredible performance, but for some reason it just doesn't hold a candle to the original. Hollywood shouldn't be remaking these great classic movies, they should be looking at their failures, see why it failed, fix them, and give the audience the movie they intended.
Where's the remake of...
Howard the Duck
Mac and Me
The Last Airbender
The Last Airbender could've been a great movie if it would've stayed true to the original series.
Battlefield Earth suffers because it's nowhere near visually pleasing. It's pretty much like watching garbage being heated up in a microwave.
These things can be fixed. There's a good movie hidden in each and everyone of these films. I'm not saying Hollywood shouldn't remake good movies, I'm actually glad I can watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and still make an argument that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is just as enjoyable. I'm happy that I have a rendition of The Fly starring Jeff Goldblum. I thank the Hollywood gods everyday in my prayers that a version of The Wicker Man starring Nicolas Cage exists.
I just want Hollywood to try. It's so easy to make money on a movie we already know is good because we've already seen it. The remakes of great cinema just needs to stop before we start tarnishing movies like Vertigo, Citizen Kane, and The Shawshank Redemption. Instead let's resurrect Gigli, and give it the glory it truly deserves.