With the trailer for Paul Feig's new Ghostbusters movies dropping this week, I've started to think about movie remakes. Now, I know that the new Ghostbusters is not technically a remake, it's a reboot. But, I think we can all agree that Hollywood has gotten a little carried away with reinventing, reinvigorating, and simply rehashing old movies that are either awesome or nostalgic.
Some have been awesome (Dawn of the Dead, King Kong, 3:10 To Yuma) and some have been horrible (Clash of the Titans, The Bad News Bears, Arthur) but they've all made us seriously doubt in what's left of original ideas in Movieland, U.S.A.
Are there any movies that should never be remade? Are there some movies that are so perfect in their original iteration, they seriously never should even be on the table when you're talking about remakes? Of course there are!
The Original Star Wars Trilogy (1977-1983)
George Lucas has taken a lot of criticism over the past few decades. The re-releases of the original trilogy, the prequels, Jar Jar Binks...they're pretty much hated by most of the Star Wars fanbase (chill out, people who like the prequels.) But what he (and the two other directors of ESB and ROTJ) were able to produce in just six short years is nothing short of incredible.
The classic characters, the epic story, the fantastic visual effects...they were and are still revolutionary. Please Hollywood, keep making new Star Wars films if you must, but don't ever touch these three.
One of Martin Scorsese's many masterpieces, Goodfellas is many people's favorite movie of all time.
A story about Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Italian member of the Italian mob, this film pretty much gave every average Joe all the knowledge that he has about the Mafia. With brutal murders, a lot of f**k's, and a star-studded cast, Goodfellas is a shining example of how a crime film should be made.
No one else could play Jimmy the Gent, Hollywood. Give it up.
Steven Spielberg's big-budget directorial debut still scares the living daylights out of kids when they go to the beach, the pool, or even the bathtub.
Starting the trend of huge, expensive summer blockbusters, Jaws was almost a complete failure. As it went over-budget and off-schedule, the studio's big bosses even considered shutting the entire project down. Boy, are we glad they didn't?
One of the most successful movies of all time was bound to have sequels made that tried to capitalize off of its fame. Jaws 2 was alright. Let's just try to forget about anything made after that. But I think everyone knows that if they watch Jaws it's got to be the original. We need a bigger boat, not a remake starring that guy from Thor.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Another Spielberg classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is just one of those films that doesn't need to be revisited. Sure, Hollywood could produce an awesome CGI version of E.T. but does that mean it should? I don't think so.
The story of a young boy who befriends an alien and helps him return home is just as heart-wrenching and magical as the day it was released in theaters.
Besides, the actor who portrayed E.T., the recently deceased Nancy Reagan, is now no longer available to play the part of everyone's favorite alien visitor.
With so many of our favorite films being remade, chances are pretty high that even these classics listed above might be on the table. All I can suggest is that if these movies have to be remade, that the studios treat these with all the care that we, the fans, have for so many years. These movies are not just films, they're parts of our culture. They belong to all of us. They deserve more respect than your average B movie.
And if you really want to make us happy...DON'T REMAKE THEM!