Monday, September 20, 2010

Don't mess with my movies!

There have been number of movies that have been re-booted or had a delayed sequel. Re-booting refers to a movie studio redoing an existing movie. A delayed sequel is a prequel/sequel that comes out years after the previous movie.

Here are a few examples of what I am talking about:

Rebooted: Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans
Delayed sequel: Star Wars, Indian Jones, Die Hard, Tron

I was having an interesting discussion the other day with a friend about this. Are we the first generation that held on to their childhood movies, retained a feeling of ownership? Would the previous generation feel the same if Casablanca was rebooted?

While I understand the logic of trying to capitalize on a known audience and franchise, I don't believe these movies usually appeal to the fans of the original (there are a few notable exceptions). But why? Are the new movies that bad? Or is it more that they are messing with movies we hold fond memories of?

Is the risk of offending the original audience worth redoing a movie to appeal to a new audience?

Let's look at an example: Clash of the Titans. I LOVE the original movie from 1981 - I have probably watched it well over 20 times. I love the Ray Harryhausen stop motion animation. I love the story. I love Bubo the owl. So I was pretty excited when I heard it was being redone. Imagine what could be done with that storyline using today's technology! I eagerly gave the movie theater my hard earned dollars to watch the new 3D version. I sat in my movie seat, so excited I could barely sit still. I was prepared to be amazed. I was...disappointed. The storyline itself had been changed somewhat (I've read a few articles that indicate the movie was changed significantly in post-production). The 3D added nothing to the film, and to be honest, probably made my reaction worse.

There are a number of movies planned or coming out in the next few years that I am equally excited and terrified for - Tron, The Black Hole, Conan, and The Neverending Story just to name a few.

So, are the new movies really that bad, or I am just biased by nostalgia?

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