A remake is a film, television series, video game or some other form of entertainment that is based on an earlier product, often telling the same story and updating it for contemporary audiences.
Nerf is a term that means to be rendered ineffective or less effective by a change in the rules or game system.
Once Was Enough, Once was Plenty!
Aka – Nerfing the Movies!
Part 3 of 4
Four of Four
Remakes and Nerfs in connection to the Movie Business many a time fall hand in hand. Why do we always need to see a remake of something? The same could be applied to the likes of sequels and prequels – it’s just that many a time – you can’t recreate that ambience, that special moment from the original – some things don’t need to be fixed because they were fantastic already and some things don’t need to be redone either.
I am NOT completely adverse all remakes – some are quite good, a few [rare] are actually better than the original – but only because with today’s technologies and digitalisation the likes of CGI – computer generated imagery – can make it so – but the opposite to this brilliance is the overuse of its presence therefore many a time rendering the original need for it nothing but overkill!
Below are our third set of 4 contenders, you can see the original first then below the remake and where l can, l try to include a comparison ‘remake Vs original’.
Not all remakes are bad, but a lot are and uncalled for – in the comments section below let me know your views – tell me if you are a fan of originals only or remakes only or a mixture of both?
I have seen all of these films, remake and original
1 – The Poseidon Adventure – 1972/2006
A passenger ship is en route from New York to Greece. On New Year’s Eve, the ship is taken over by a tidal wave and it turns upside down. All of the passengers die except ten lucky people.
“Poseidon” – 2006
On New Year’s Eve, a giant wave crashes into Poseidon, a luxurious cruise liner, and flips it upside down. As the ship begins to sink, the passengers struggle to find a way to survive.
For me personally – l preferred the 1972 version, it was fresher and more alarming – of course l was much younger when l saw it and the film had as much impact on me as the wave had on the liner!
2 – Around the World in 80 Days – 1956/2004
An English gentleman, Phileas Fogg, challenges his fellow members at the Reform Club that he will travel around the world in 80 days and sets out to prove his point.
Around the World in 80 Days – 2004
A Chinese thief joins an eccentric Englishman who plans to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days to win a bet. Along the way, they encounter several obstacles and a detective determined to impede them.
Finding a comparison was hard however of the two films, again l am going to have to go with the 1956 original.
3 – Nightmare on Elm Street– 1985/2010
A young girl realises that she has to stay awake at any cost to avoid the clawed killer who is butchering her friends one by one in their dreams.
Nightmare on Elm Street – 2010
Teenagers Nancy, Quentin, Kris, Jesse and Dean are all neighborhood friends who begin having the same dream of a horribly disfigured man who wears a tattered sweater and a glove made of knives. The man, Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley), terrorizes them in their dreams, and the only escape is to wake up. But when one of their number dies violently, the friends realize that what happens in the dream world is real, and the only way to stay alive is to stay awake.
Again l will have to go with the original 1984/85 film – you can’t recreate it, you can’t recreate the rawness of the first film with clever CGI from a second twenty years on. The first film, scared the sleep out of me, whilst the second just made me sleepy! As far as l was concerned, Freddy was welcome to me in the second!
4 – The Pink Panther– 1963/2010
A clumsy detective is on the trail of a notorious jewel thief planning to steal a diamond called ‘The Pink Panther’. His hunt leads him to the most unusual suspect.
The Pink Panther – 2010
Inspector Clouseau must assemble a team of international detectives in order to track down and catch the thief who excels in stealing historical artefacts.
Original Vrs Remake
For the fourth film, once more it has to be the original, no one not even Steve Martin could ever replace Peter Sellers – no one ever could and no one in my opinion has ever come remotely close either. Sadly l couldn’t find a comparison side by side or even a dcecent comparison review.
So there we go folks – our third of the series – four classic originals and their remakes which were your best or favourites of the four or have you not seen any? Let me know below.
Additionally, do you have favourite remakes/originals of your own? Let me know.