Ok, is that a bit of a sensationalized title for a blog post? Yes it is… but you’ll see where I’m going in just a second.
As a film pundit, I’m constantly having debates with people that work with me over the issue of movie remakes. Sometimes the concept comes up about a classic or loved movie getting a remake… and inevitably the people around me get all up in arms demanding that it not happen. They talk about how it’s sacrilegious, how a remake is spitting on the original, how it’s a waste of time and money. They’ll then inexorably talk about “originality” and the lack thereof in Hollywood… yadda yadda yadda.
I have never understood this mentality. Let’s set aside for a moment the fact that some of the incredibly wonderful films in Hollywood history are in fact remakes (The Fly, The Thing, Scarface, The Departed, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 3:10 To Yuma, The Magnificent Seven, Cape Fear, yadda yadda yadda). I’ve always maintained that even if a remake is TERRIBLE (and let’s be honest, a lot are) IT DOESN’T MATTER! The original is still there for us to love an enjoy. So who cares?
I’ve now come to realize that my argument with people who are militantly against remakes is much like the argument I have against people who are against gay rights. My argument against such people usually goes something like this:
"Ok I get it, you don’t like gay stuff. But who cares? How does it effect YOU in any way if Man A and Man B want to get married? How does it impose anything upon you if somewhere in the city 2 men are having sex? How does 2 women in love having the right to marry have ANY impact on you and your life?"
Just change a few words here and there and that’s my argument against remakophobes:
"Ok I get it, you don’t like remakes. But who cares? How does it effect YOU in anyway if Studio A or Studio B want to make a remake of a classic? How does it impose anything upon you if somewhere in the city 2 people want to watch a Gone With The Wind remake? How does a remake of a movie you like impact on you and your life?"
Remakophobes need to get over themselves and stop worrying that an Indiana Jones remake will somehow make their original DVD’s on their shelves disappear. I’m glad Nolan remade Batman. I’m glad Scorsese remade Infernal Affairs and I’m glad other filmmakers can draw on old material to try to give us fresh new takes on things… even if they often don’t work out. Don’t be a remakophobe.
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