Remake vs the original!

Remake vs the original!

In todays blogpost I’m going to shed some light on the topic of remakes over originals!
The plain facts are that most remakes don’t even come close to the originals. I mean for every better remake I could probably name 20 original films. Let’s face it, Hollywood is repeating itself, whether it’s due to new technology or just no one can come up with a good story anymore. The point is why try and make a remake if it means butchering the original?

However, in this post I’m going to try and argue the other side. No one is yet to comment on my posts (so hopefully i won’t have any angry comments.)

So I’m going to start off with probably the most successful remake of all time. Scarface.
Scarface was originally made in 1932 by directors Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson. It was dubbed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and Jean-Luc Godard named it the best American sound film.
Although being an amazing film that did wonders for the gangster genre I still prefer Brian De Palma’s 1983 version with Al Pacino as Tony Montana.
The film became a cult classic and took in over 135 million dollars at the box office. The film has been recognised as the 10th best gangster film ever made by the AFI as well as number 5 on VH1’s the top 100 movies of all time. For me the remake is far more edgy, using the expletive fuck over 200 times. Al Pacino is also mesmerising as Tony Montana (for which he got a golden globe nomination).

In 1960 a movie by the name of “Ocean’s Eleven” was released. The director was Lewis Milestone and the cast was phenomenal. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and Dean Martin all stared.
However in 2001 a remake was made that completely overshadowed the first film. This remake was made by Steven Soderbergh and stared; Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia. The film was a box office smash, taking in over 450 million, which then lead onto two more sequels being made.

Finally I’m going to talk about “True Grit”. This one is very hard for me because I absolutely love the original. I mean who doesn’t love John Wayne?!?
You have to read carefully here, alright? The first film is amazing! Wayne won an oscar for best actor, the film did amazing in the box office and it was just a good ol’ fashion western.
However, in the Coen brother’s remake in 2010, for me, is the better out of the two. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, of which it won none and grossed over 250 million dollars worldwide.
But it’s the directing that really drives the film. The Coen brothers are something special and coupled with the beautiful cinematography this film just nips the original in the but.
Not to mention that Bridges was robbed of an Oscar. If they hadn’t given it to him for his performance in Crazy Heart he was an absolute lock.
Bridges also acts alongside such talents as Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper and newcomer Hailee Steinfield.

Here are some others that I did not cover:
. Nolan’s Batman
. The Fly
. The Jungle book
. The Thing
. Scent of a Woman
.The departed
.The Quiet American

Just for good measure I’m going to list some absolutely shocking remakes

. Planet of the Apes
. The Wicker Man
. The Omen
.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
. The Pink Panther
. The Italian Job

Probably the worst remake I’ve ever seen, simply because the original is close to my favourite movie of all time is this…

I mean the original is near perfect!!! Please if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favour.

It stars Michael Caine and Lawrence Olivier! It is perfect. Here is just a taste…