NO ORIGIN FOR ORIGINALITY

Posted on July 8, 2012

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Can somebody please tell me why THEY keep remaking movies and tv shows??? It was one thing to do it in the music world, but now they’ve just gone too far. I could understand it if remade movies were like remade songs. A different rendition of the original, maybe more uptempo or slowed down, but still with the original lyrics, melody, and meaning. Even when played with different instruments or set in a totally different genre of music, a remade song is still the same song. It may sound a little unusual, but the original intentions of the original writer are still in tact. i would not have a problem with THEM remaking movies and tv shows if they did it in the same manner. BUT THEY DON’T.

There have been so many crappy remakes of what were the greatest televised and cinematic feats in the past ten years, it’s not funny! From “Starsky and Hutch” to “X-Men” to “The Honeymooners” to “21 Jump Street”, there has been a continuing movement to upset and destroy the legacy of these most awesome features. The aforementioned films were crap in totality, anyone who doesn’t agree has obviously never seen (or read) any of the original versions. There are more theatrical projects being released on the silver screen every year just like these. They took away completely from the original plots, scripts, and standpoints of the originals. Hell, “Starsky” and “Jump Street” were cop drama shows that they made into farcical comedies, for cryin’ out loud! These aren’t the only crappy remakes…here’s a short list of other movies and tv shows that should have never reared their ugliness upon our eyesight:

  • Transformers (all of them. this series completely deviates from the original cartoon)
  • The Dark Knight (and all of the Batman movies made since. gravel voiced Batman sucks! so does party boy Bruce Wayne)
  • Knight Rider (you can’t trade a Trans-Am for a Mustang, no matter how much Ford Motor Co. pays you)
  • The Brady Bunch (it was in the 90’s but I had to mention it)
  • A Nightmare on Elm St (child molester pervert Freddy Sucks!)
  • Clash of the Titans (release the Kraken???)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (how many different stories can there be?)
  • Dark Shadows (I admit, I haven’t seen it yet, but the previews look like comedic bs. don’t usually expect that from Depp)
  • The A-Team (so they didn’t already know each other from serving in the war together???)
  • GI Joe (since when is Duke a Major??? The Baroness is American??? Cobra Commander is human???)

Everyone reading this knows my list could go on and on, and really should since there’s a plethora of crappy remakes coming to a theater near you really soon (like 50 in the next few years!). The thing that bothers me most isn’t the fact that the screenwriter and director lack so much creativity that they had to take someone else’s art and try to claim it as their own, it’s that they did it in such a disrespectful manner. If you are going to cover someone’s blood, sweat, and tears as your own, then do it with respect and dignity. Pay homage to the original rather than rip it apart. After all, IT was your inspiration, treat it as such.

I understand that everybody wants to see all of the oldies but goodies re-done with digital technology, in high definition, with big budget actors and actresses, but sometimes we should learn to just leave well enough alone. As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Don’t take a perfectly good, possibly award-winning flick or series and try to make it better. YOU CAN’T. It’s not possible to perfect perfection. Just leave it alone, please.  Even digital remastering can go a little too far. Look at what they did to The Star Wars Saga. Sure, it would’ve been nice to have the old movies from the 70’s and 80’s all shiny and clear, maybe a little extra glow on the light sabres, but adding in “deleted scenes ” was entirely TOO MUCH. The same goes for the cgi graphics that were added. The worst part is that Lucas did all of this on his own, just to make more money. Damn….I guess that’s what it’s all about, huh?

Well, we don’t have to put up with it! You and I have the option to not see these crappy movies. We don’t have to spend our $9.50 plus $40 for popcorn, candy, and a pop to sit through 90 minutes of what was once a really good show. Granted, all of the remakes aren’t terrible. Some of them actually stick with the original story lines and play off of them in an update fashion, i.e. “The day the Earth Stood Still” and “Alice in Wonderland”. Neither of these movies was exactly like the original, but they both played and took very well from the original concepts, down to the settings, characters, and customs of such. Unfortunately, most remakes will not be written, scripted, or directed anywhere near as decently as these were. No, it will be quite the contrary, as it seems.

I just wish people could dig deeper into the caverns of their minds and come up with their own thoughts and creations. It would be so awesome to see a movie unlike any other. something with a storyline that hasn’t been rewritten over and over again for the past fifty years. There are no “firsts” anymore. Every film that’s made these days that makes it to the mainstream has a plot or characters taken from something in the past. People lack creativity. At least the ones that get famous and make millions of dollars do.  I guess the real question is “why aren’t the real writers and directors, those who ARE creative and wish to STIMULATE the masses, getting big budget movie deals???”.

If you’ve read my blog before, you already know the answer. If you haven’t, get to reading.

 

P.S.– If you didn’t know, THEY just remade Total Recall, and from what I heard The Amazing Spider Man sucks ass too!

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