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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.

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Once Was Enough, Once was Plenty!

Aka – Nerfing the Movies!

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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 final 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 Series/films, remake and original

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1 – Bewitched – Series/Film – 1964-1972/2005

Samantha falls in love with New York ad exec Darrin Stephens and marries him in the first episode of the sitcom. Then Darrin finds out that his new bride is one of a secret society of powerful witches and warlocks and that a twitch of her nose brings magic results. Thoroughly befuddled, Darrin makes her promise never to use her powers. She agrees and tries to settle into being the perfect suburban housewife. Her mother, Endora, however, has a different agenda. She hates that Samantha has married a mortal and continually tries to break them up. Sam’s other spellbinding friends and family pop in and out of the Stephens household as Sam tries (and most of the time fails) to live without magic.

1 – Bewitched – Series/Film – 1964-1972/2005

Movie star Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) has hit a rough patch in his career. Looking to make a comeback, he signs on to play the role of Darrin in a movie version of the popular 1960s sitcom “Bewitched.” Jack insists that an unknown is hired to play Darrin’s better half, the beguiling witch-housewife Samantha, so the studio finds an up-and-comer named Isabel Bigelow (Nicole Kidman). Once shooting begins, though, Jack learns that Isabel was cast too well — since she actually is a witch.

I couldn’t find a comparison video – however l watched the original and enjoyed it at the time late 60’s and early 70’s but wasn’t overly captivated with the film remake.

2 – Point Break – 1991/2015

FBI agent Johnny Utah infiltrates a group of surfers involved in a number of bank robberies. However, things get complicated when he befriends the gang’s leader, Bodhi.

2 – Point Break – 1991/2015

Johnny, an FBI agent, befriends a gang of extreme sports athletes who use their skills to pull off heists. However, his plan to expose them hits a roadblock when he starts enjoying the lifestyle.

3 – The Fugitive –  Film/Series – 1993/2000

Dr Richard Kimble is falsely charged with killing his wife. When Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard pursues him after he escapes from prison, Richard realises that he cannot trust anybody.

3 – The Fugitive – 1993/2000 [Series]

Dr. Richard Kimble is erroneously accused of murdering his wife. On the lam from the law, he pursues the man he thinks is the real killer.

Once again, I couldn’t find a comparison video – l had watched the original series which l enjoyed, and the 1993 film which was brilliant – but l wasn’t enamoured with the newer TV series, which ended without a result and then low and behold …. no further continuation with the series!

4 – The Day of the Jackal/The Jackal –  Film – 1973/1997

An underground French paramilitary group is intent on eliminating President Charles de Gaulle (Adrien Cayla-Legrand), but when numerous attempts on his life fail, they resort to hiring the infamous hit man known as “The Jackal” (Edward Fox). As the enigmatic assassin prepares to shoot de Gaulle, he takes out any problematic people along the way. Meanwhile, Lebel (Michel Lonsdale), a savvy Parisian police detective, begins to solve the mystery of the killer’s identity.

4 – The Day of the Jackal/The Jackal –  Film – 1973/1997

During an FBI raid on a Moscow nightclub, the brother of Russian gangster Terek Murad (David Hayman) is killed. Murad wants revenge and hires anonymous hit man the Jackal (Bruce Willis) to kill FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier). With the help of Russian agent Valentina Koslova (Diane Venora), Preston finds the only man who knows what the notorious Jackal looks like, imprisoned IRA terrorist Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere), and forces him to help hunt down the hit man.

I loved the original and whilst l enjoyed the second film, l could never fathom why Richard Gere was chosen for the character of an Irishman as his accent was appalling? I am a huge fan of both Willis and Gere but not for this film – really the only similarities between the two was the inclusion of the term ‘Jackal’ and that’s about it.

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So there we go folks 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.

7 thoughts on “Theme Times – Once Was Enough, Once was Plenty!

  1. I’ve seen both the old and new bewitched. Though the old one was good for the time but looks too slow now. But still better than the movie.

    1. Yes l agree, old Bewitched is indeed old, but while l really like Kidman l think her other film as a witch with Bullock – Practical Magic was better than the new Bewitched.

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