This week’s theme is: Déjà Vu. It’s all about the best and worst of movie remakes. Make sure you check to what the upcoming Monday Movie Memes are!
What are some re-makes that are better than the original?
One of my favorites is definitely The Parent Trap. To be honest, I haven’t seen the original in its entirety but I’ve seen enough to know that the Lindsay Lohan version is far superior IMHO. However, I did see the remake first and grew up with it, which no doubt affects my strong preference for it. But I don’t know how anyone can dislike this fun family flick. It’s got Oreos with peanut butter, Leonardo DiCaprio, wine and the most iconic handshake.
Unpopular opinion: I like the Arthur re-make more than the original. It’s hilarious. It probably has a lot to do with my age and different generations, but I loved the Russell Brand version of Arthur. I did watch the original first, but I wasn’t wowed by it. On the other hand, the re-make made me laugh out loud and I could watch it again and again. I love the freak show that is Russell Brand and I don’t think I’ve seen him in anything I didn’t like.
Two of my favorite movies that I didn’t know where re-makes are The Departed and Homeward Bound. Apparently these gems aren’t totally original, Homeward Bound was even a children’s book before there was any movie. Now I need to look into these and see what the originals are like.
What re-makes are just the worst?
The only re-make I’ve seen that was truly horrible is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
I hated this movie; it was weird and made me really uncomfortable. Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka was too bizarre, the oompa loopas were too creepy, the children were too annoying…even though I love Johnny Depp, this movie was just too much for me. You can’t do better than the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Side Note: I am very excited for the all-female Ghostbusters re-make! The cast looks phenomenal and I predict a huge success, hopefully one of the best in 2016.