What is up with Hollywood remaking all the old classics? Just off the top of my head I can recall Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Dukes of Hazard, Get Smart, and more recently The A Team.
Are there no creative people left capable of coming up with an original idea for a movie. My friend is a writer — perhaps she should shift her focus from writing novels to writing movie scripts. It has the potential to be a real money earner.
But back to the subject of old classics. A while back they remade Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I don’t know whether it was that awful Johnny Depp or the glitzy (and gaudy) movie shorts, but I was so unimpressed I’ve never bothered to watch it since. I was just as unimpressed by the remake of Alice in Wonderland. What was interesting was a comment from an acquaintance. Her young daughter (age 7) found it too scary to watch. How can a classic children’s movie like Alice in Wonderland be scary?
They have however managed to get some right. Gone in 60 Seconds, I am Legend, The Italian Job, and the Thomas Crown Affair are a sample of ones I think are great remakes. I am sure there are heaps more on your “best of” list.