Remakes. Reboots. Retellings. Or even so called "requels". It seems like every day movie studios and television networks are announcing new plans for old properties. Whether it is CBS's Macgyver or Fox's Lethal Weapon or Sony's all-female Ghostbusters, it seems like nothing from the '80s or earlier is safe.
And that is not a bad thing.
These Things Are Not New
Nowadays, it sure seems like there are more remakes or reboots than ever before. And that is probably true, considering that there are more movies being made than ever before. However, these things are nowhere near new.
Hollywood has been remaking movies since the early 1900s. John Carpenter's The Thing? A remake. The Departed? A remake. Ben-Hur? Remake. And it does just stop at movies remaking movies. Everything from The Lone Ranger to Power Rangers to The Adams Family have made the jump from the small screen.
Now, those movies range from all-time classics to oscar winner to box-office bomb , though I will always have a soft spot for The Adams Family Values, but the point was that remakes have been around along time and I doubt they will ever go away. And as unnecessary remakes and reboots seem, they do good things.
Remakes Bring New Fans To Older Movies
I never saw or even heard of Infernal Affairs until I saw the American remake, The Departed. And I love both of those movies. This happens a lot, especially with foreign movies. The Let Me In (a good example) and Old Boy (a bad example) remakes made me want to see the originals. And I will straight up say I like the originals better, though Let Me In comes close. Remember Rooney Mara's and Daniel Craig's wonderful take on the book The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? The Swedish version is just as awesome.
And all of that is just the foreign films. The terrible 2011 Arthur remake made my parents insist I watch the Dudley Moore classic. And I am glad they did. The upcoming Magnificent Seven remake got me to watch the original. And as hard as it is to believe, there are people out there that only recently watch the original Ghostbusters because the reboot. The same can be said about Star Trek.
Anything that gets people to watch classics is a good thing. Even if the reboot, remake, or sequel is far bellow expectations. It might get tiring to keep hearing Hollywood taking about resurrecting a different franchise and hard on the soul to watch terrible takes on stuff we love, but in the long run, it can do more good than harm.
And it is okay if they aren't good, because they don't change the original.
They Don't Ruin The Original
The original Ghostbusters is still one of the best comedies of the '80s. And it doesn't matter what you think about the new one for that to be true. The remakes of The Karate Kid and Footloose are just footnotes in movie history and stand mostly forgotten. The originals? Still beloved classics.
Remakes, reboots, and terrible sequels don't ruin your childhood. They can't, no matter how much we all like to use that phrase. You will always have the memories of seeing the awesomeness of Bill Murray fighting ghosts and William Shatner and screaming Khan. Nothing will change that. It's okay to hate the new Star Trek and Ghostbuster movies. Just don't say the ruined your childhood. Because they didn't.
Remakes and reboots aren't going away. No matter how much I would love to see movies like Pacific Rim, Edge of Tomorrow, or even Kingsmen, will continue to get things like Jurassic World and Ghostbusters. Sometimes, they'll be good. Sometimes, they will be terrible. But, we will always get two outcomes. One, a good movie we can all love. Or two, an excuse to bug everyone we know to watch the originals because they really should.