Monday, November 10, 2008

Remake vs Original

Yesterday the kids and I went to the dollar movies and saw the remake of Journey to the Center of the Earth. The original is one of my all time favorites, so I wanted to see what the remake was like. Unlike the original, the remake takes place in modern day, and other than sharing the same title really had a totally different story line. The kids enjoyed it, and honestly I thought it was a cute movie. However the remake will not make it onto my favorites list. Then while having dinner the kids wanted to see our copy of the original movie. Johnathan quickly lost interest and Hannah gave the comment about 25 minutes into the movie that the new one is better. So much for the classics.

I understand from the stand point of wanting to introduce younger generations to classic movies, but remakes most of the time butcher the original story lines just to make them gory and more action packed than originals. Many times I believe that movie makers should leave the originals alone and instead of trying to put a new spin on an old movie, come up with something of their own that is original. Our movie industry is just after the all mighty buck, and seems to have lost the desire to make a really great movie. In my opinion this is just another example of how money has changed our society and not for the better.

1 comment:

Roxanne said...

I think that we see our favorite movies through the eyes of someone who didn't grow up with so many special affects. We're used to looking at the story, with the scenery being extra. The kids are used to the scenery being awesome, with the story just being there to justify the scenery.

I've watched some of my parents' favorite movies, and I honestly have a hard time seeing why they liked them so much.