Over the past few years, we’ve all noticed the appearance of certain trends in the movie industry. For example, there was a supernatural trend that reached its peak with Twilight and spread everywhere from books to TV shows, like The Vampire Diaries. Those two examples were also a part of another trend which is book adaptations, like The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones. Then that era started dwindling down to make way for the next thing.
Over the last ten years, the age of heroes began with Iron Man and spread through the last decade with DC Comics and Marvel going head to head, making billions of dollars. However, with Avengers: Endgame last April and many of the superheroes' shows coming to an end, it felt like this trend might take a little step back to make way for the emerging new trends.
So, what next?
Well, you might already know the answer to this as this trend started a long time ago and has been running quietly in the background, waiting for the right time to dominate; the trend of Remakes.
Movie remakes have been happening for years, in all genres, and even in different countries and languages. Although many movies don’t live up to the originals, and some are even outright bad, movie remakes still have as many pros as they do cons. I think that the remakes are not a bad thing and shouldn't be judged and thrown in the same basket to be burned.
Let’s talk first about their cons. Most people would agree that remakes have nothing new to offer, and they are just a way to make more money by playing on people's nostalgia and love for the classics. So as a result, they end up faulty and boring.
With that said, how about we look at the glass half-full?
Remakes are a great opportunity to see classics in a new light
Movie remakes give people the chance to see their old favorites again in the cinema. Although I believe that yes, some of the originals were one-of-a-kind, flawless pieces that should never have been touched ( I’m looking at you Simba!). But, If you look at it from a different angle, you might be convinced that remakes are not a bad thing. Take the likes of The Jungle Book, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast, the originals were flawless; however, the remakes, I believe, were special in their own way; the new spin on the music, the dazzling locations, and the cast were all amazing. They were the movies we knew and loved, but in a new way.
Some remakes are better than the originals
People are so busy attacking the remakes trend that they forget that some remakes turned out to be better than the originals. Take Nolan’s Batman trilogy, for instance, we all thought Batman was done for after Batman and Robin. Also, have you ever seen the original King Kong? Look how far the remakes have come from the originals.
Technology has evolved, making characters and movies more realistic
Technologies that weren’t available at the time of the originals are now used to give the movie the depth and bring characters and scenes to life in a more magnificent way.
Remakes are a matter of opinion, however, who wouldn’t want to see their old friends again?
No matter how different or similar the remake is, you’ll still find your heart dancing when you see the trailer for the first time, you’ll walk into the cinema with a huge smile on your face. You’ll laugh and cry as if you’re seeing all of it for the first time, and when it’s over, you’ll feel like a kid again.
All I’m saying is that while some of you might stand for the money-machine argument or the play on nostalgia argument — which are both valid— I’m asking you to keep an open mind and give a chance to this new trend; you might just like it and enjoy seeing your old friends again.
So, are remakes a good thing?
Are they a fresh new look at something that we love? Or are they just a play on nostalgia? Should classics be left as they are? Let us know what you think in the comments below!