As you have been told countless times, “do what you want, but do it right.” A remake, in principle, is an unworthy format, an openly commercial operation with intentions far removed from honest creativity, but there are times when the stars align and the result of the experiment is positive.
A good director behind, a genuine intention to contribute something to the mythologies of the classic characters or the opportunity to update images that are already out of date. There are times when it is done, okay, but it is done well.
Back to the past
Today we review some of the most notorious cases in the new installment of ‘Everything is a lie in film and television’. A handful of remakes that use their models as a springboard and are not satisfied with coloring images or improve effects, but do a genuine job of reinvention. These are some of the best remakes of all time.
Interestingly, most of the remakes on our list belong to the fantasy genre. One possible reason is that the main temptation when tackling a remake is to “update” what we were told decades ago, and nothing more sweet for it than using more sophisticated special effects. In cases like ‘The fly’, ‘The thing’ or ‘The store of horrors’, which we break down in the video, it is obvious, but it is not the technical improvement that makes a remake interesting.
In our video we also review the cases of films such as ‘The invasion of the ultra-bodies’, with almost no effects, or films such as ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ or ‘The price of power’ (‘Scarface’) that they know how to revitalize their original stories by giving them a renewed setting or by reformulating their subtext. We reviewed a few examples of all kinds, and showed that sometimes recycling ideas does not have to be a second-hand occurrence.