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Do we really need so many remakes of famous films

Hollywood hasn’t had much inspiration lately. Films made are often based on best-selling novels or comic books, or simply installments of already successful franchises. Which is fair, in a way, because if you invest that much money, you want to make some money in return as well. Yet sometimes, someone thinks it is a great idea to take a classic film and remake it because why the hell not? Sometimes it works. Sometimes it is simply a very bad idea, just like Grease 2 and Mean Girls 2.

I have had an obsession with the Rocky Horror Picture Show ever since I watched it for the first time. It is totally crazy and over-the-top and amazing for outcasts like myself because weirdness is celebrated in that film. And despite it not being the best film ever made, with awful special-effects, I fell in love with the characters. I couldn’t imagine anyone else apart from Tim Curry as Frank ‘N Furter, a character he plays so well. The film was perfect for me and when I heard there was going to be a remake, I wasn’t really thrilled. Because, is it really necessary?

On the plus side, it will introduce these characters and this insane story and songs to a younger audience, which is a plus. Perhaps they will find comfort in it, as I have before them. I think it is also great that they chose a Transgender (Laverne Cox) to play Frank ‘N Furter. Every bit of support for this group helps. Looking at the cast, there is also a lot of ethnic diversity, which is a good thing in an industry where you have most chance to succeed if you are white. Plus, Tim Curry is actually in it and Adam Lambert. That’s a plus.

But I don’t know. I am still not convinced by all of this. It’s a Fox film after all, which might mean they will tone it down a great deal and part of its charm was the controversy surrounding it. Despite technology having advanced so much, I don’t think it can top the original, nor should it want to. It could work as an ode to the original, but that’s it. It should aim to be its own thing, instead of wanting to be a remake.

Laverne Cox does look pretty fabulous though.

Disney is also busy remaking their old classics. Many of their original animated films are turned into live-action ones, which is great news for Disney lovers who like to relive those tales with real people instead of drawn characters. And I think only Disney knows how to do this well. Let’s not speak of the atrocity that was Pan, a film that came out last year. If Hugh Jackman singing Nirvana is the highlight of your flick, you might want to reconsider your choices.

In 2010, Disney came out with the film Alice in Wonderland, which differed significantly from the original story, both novel and animation. I personally loved it, but that is mainly because I am obsessed with Alice. I am pretty excited about the Through the Looking Glass film coming out later this year, even though this story is completely different as well.

Also, recently Disney released the Live Action version of Jungle Book. I never really liked the animation film of Jungle Book. I was a Lion King girl through and through. But I was impressed by the live action film as everything looked incredibly realistic, despite the fact that the animals talked. Plus, Baloo’s character was a huge improvement from the original film. If all film remakes are like the new Jungle Book, I am pretty excited. Perhaps we should leave the whole remaking business to Disney?

One new trailer that did give me chills was the one for Beauty and the Beast. It is only a teaser, but it looks amazing. Plus, am I the only one who lives for Ian McKellen saying Fool? FLY, YOU FOOLS! Ahum, anyway. The film stars Hermione Emma Watson as Belle, which I think is an excellent choice since Belle is an intelligent beautiful young lady and well, Emma is just that:

I guess, my point is that some things don’t need to be remade. Old cult classics should stay the way they are and respected and cherished, because you can never make it better than the originals. Rocky Horror, The Breakfast Club, Grease…just leave them be.

On the other hand, I am a supporter of remaking animation films into live action ones, introducing new people to the story. But only if Disney does it. And only if they do it well. God, I am excited for Beauty and the Beast.

TALE AS OLD AS TIIIHIIIME….

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Ingrid is the twenty-something owner of The Sassologist, who loves everything that has to do with pop culture. While she is one of many who is in the process of writing a novel, she is also currently in denial over not being a witch. Her Hogwarts letter has yet to arrive. In the meantime she writes about pop culture and dreams about unicorns.

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