This is the first of many articles to be published under the new category of “Pub Talk”. Each time I join my friends down the local pub we seem to cover some interesting topics, some of which seem to fit nicely within this website. So, I have now decided to cover them as part of this new category.
This first article covers a recent discussion on movie remakes, many of which have been awful or at the very least utterly disappointing.
Check out this list of the Top 5 Worst Movie Remakes:
5. Godzilla – 1998
Okay, so the original was by no means a deep and complex film with a great cast, plot twists, and a fantastically memorable ending, but this film is a “classic”. As such, it should remain either untouched or receive special careful treatment so as not to ruin the franchise.
4. War of the Worlds – 2005
Steven Spielberg used to be somewhat of a hero of mine. He used to be up there with other great directors such as James Cameron and George Lucas. This isn’t the first bad movie he has directed, but it’s definitely bad enough to be listed with this horrible lot of movie remake failures.
In 2005 cinema-goers worldwide were greeted with weak characters, lame special effects and far too much Tom Cruise for anybodies liking. This is the second attempt at making a film worthy of Wells’s groundbreaking 19th century novel. Let’s hope that next time they get it right!
3. Get Carter – 2000
The 1971 version, directed by Mike Hodges and starring Michael Caine, is one of the greatest British gangster films ever made. Back in the year 2000 we were graced with a remake featuring… Sylvester Stallone!? The film was, at best, completely rubbish. It featured a new (unimproved) ending, a weak performance, and a mind-numbingly pointless introduction of increased brutality. Yawn.
2. Planet of the Apes – 2001
In 2001 Tim Burton directed the remake of a cult classic from the late 60′s. What did he do? He removed the iconic ending and threw in a wooden actor to play lead (Mark Wahlberg), a plainly formulaic script, and some special effects just for the sake of it. He took out the original elements that made the original work so well and got a seat at number 2 for our list of rubbish movie remakes. Well done Tim.
1. Psycho – 1998
This movie had a lot of potential, but if you just re-shoot Hitchcock’s original shot-by-shot, removing the suspense and great moments of the original, how on earth do you expect this to be a good movie?
A fantastic example of an unimaginative way to waste your time and money. Congratulations.
Your Thoughts ?
So there we have it, a list of 5 terrible movie remakes. What are your opinions on the worst remakes ever made? Are there some here that shouldn’t be, or that should take their place?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts