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What’s your favorite movie remake?


A couple of weeks ago, I watched Tim Burton’s 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes. I remember feeling disappointed in the ending when I first saw it at the cinema (to be fair, the original was a hard act to follow).  
 
 
Nevertheless, there was plenty to like. 
I particularly enjoyed Paul Giamatti’s portrayal of Limbo, the slave trader, who got one of the best lines in the whole movie: "The last thing anybody wants is a human teenager in the house." If I had to choose, I’d say the remake was an improvement on the original.
 
More often than not though, I don’t think remakes work out very well. Dated as it now seems, I’d rather watch the original Clash of the Titans (1981), complete with clockwork owl, any day of the week, and if you ask me, Ernie Lubitsch’s The Shop Around the Corner (1940), knocks spots of the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan version (renamed You’ve Got Mail (1998)). 

     

    

Sometimes a remake is just as good. In addition to Jimmy Stewart in The Shop Around the Corner, we watch both the original, 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street and the 1994 remake (starring Richard Attenborough) every Christmas – the less said about the one they made in 1973 with Sebastian Cabot, the better. 

   
 

Then there are those rare occasions when the remake is so much better than the original it gives you hope for future attempts. On a technicality, I won’t count The Lord of the Rings (2001) as a remake (since the original 1978 version wasn’t live action) and Peter Jackson’s other excellent re-imagining, King Kong (2005), while far better than the 1973 version has such a technological advantage over the 1933 original, it’s not a fair comparison.
 
If I had to choose a favorite, I’d go for The Italian Job (2003), starring Mark Wahlberg.

 

I love the 1969 original, with Michael Caine in the lead role – I even used the last line from that movie ("Hang on a minute, lads.  I've got a great idea.") as a chapter ending in my book, Fur-Face. Even so, Donna and Wendy Powers did such a great job re-imagining Troy Kennedy-Martin’s original screenplay, I have to admit the newer version was even better. 
  
 
How about you?
 
What’s your favorite movie remake?


 
 



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peadarog
Sep. 27th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
Have you gone "ape"? The original PotA is as superior to the remake as chimpanzee is to man.
msstacy13
Sep. 27th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Excellent point.
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mylefteye
Sep. 27th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
King Kong..give me the original any day. Watching Peter Jackson's bloated self-indulgence, I was shouting, "Just fall off the Eppire State already" by the end.
msstacy13
Sep. 27th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
As much as I dislike the original King Kong
(It's a stunning example of how blatant subtle racism can be)
I've yet to hear anything about the new version that inclines me to even think about watching it.
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matthewsrotundo
Sep. 27th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
John Carpenter's remake of The Thing.

Love both films, actually, but they work in very different ways.
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the original, but haven't seen the remake. I'll have to look that one up :)
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karen_w_newton
Sep. 27th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
I think my favorite remake is HEAVEN CAN WAIT with Warren Beatty.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven_Can_Wait_(1978_film)

I never saw anything but clips from the original 1940's version HERE COMES MR. JORDAN, but I thought football worked better than boxing as a backdrop. I also haven't seen the latest remake from 2001, DOWN TO EARTH, which sounds a bit deeper than either of the first two versions.
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
I think I remember that one. Is James Mason in it too?
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lizziebelle
Sep. 27th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite remakes is Ocean's Eleven. I've not seen the original, but I love the snappy dialogue and clever plotting of the remake. Not to mention George Clooney. ;)
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
I liked the remake, as you say, it had some great dialogue, but the sequels? Not so much.
jaguarx13
Sep. 27th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on The Italian Job, followed by the Thomas Crowne Affair and Ocenan's Eleven. Most of the time I don't like remakes at all. The less said about the remake of Bedazzled the better.

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jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
RE: Bedazzled remake.

I like Brendan Fraser, but he's been in some (what to me at least are) awful movies.
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serge_lj
Sep. 27th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
"The Man Who Knew Too Much"
Made and remade by the Master of Suspense, although Doris Day's singing Que Sera Sera went on a tad too long.
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
You know, I don't think I've ever seen that one. I've got the original in my Netflix streaming queue :)
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maryjdal
Sep. 27th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
I liked the remake of The Clash of the Titans. But then again I am a sucker for a winged horse and they did a wonderful job on Pegasus.
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
It had some great effects, but there was something tongue-in-cheek about the original, which still appeals to me almost thirty years later :)
serge_lj
Sep. 27th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
There are many remakes of "The Seven Samurai" out there, "Battle Beyond the Stars" being the least of them.
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
Was that the one with Ernest Borgnine and the oldest Walton boy?
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jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Jeff Goldblum's been in some great movies, hasn't he? :)
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jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
...how about High Society, the remake of The Philadelphia Story?

Good choice :)
slweippert
Sep. 27th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thomas Crown Affair

Loved the new one so much, I asked for it for Christmas.
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Senior Management likes that one too :)
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tracy_d74
Sep. 27th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like the original Miracle on 34th St better. But I like old films, even when the special effects are cheesey. I'm trying to think of a movie that I like the remake better...after two hours I got nothing.
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
I really like 1934 version of The Count of Monte Cristo, with Robert Donat in the starring role. Mind you, the latest remake, with James Caviezel and Guy Pearce was excellent too :)

Did Robert Donat also star in The 39 Steps?
mtlawson
Sep. 27th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
The 1938 Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn. It's a remake of the silent film version with Douglas Fairbanks as Robin. While there's a lot to commend the original silent film, I just like Errol's version better.

And even though it's decidedly campy, I prefer it to Costner's Robin by a long shot. And that goes for Disney's as well. (I withhold judgement on the most recent screen adaptation, but that's only because I haven't seen it.)

Now, there was a BBC version back in the early 90's at the same time as the Costner version, and I preferred that to the Costner's too.
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
This was my Robin Hood:





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aalford
Sep. 27th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
Did anyone mention...
I'd have to say Dune. I believe the Sci-Fi mini-series superior to the David Lynch version of the eighties, but...I still have a soft spot for the original: brings me back to the good old days.

And then Sci-Fi one-upped Lynch and did Children of Dune, to boot.

And this isn't exactly a remake, but...I love the latest Star Trek movie, and how they managed to stay faithful to the 60's characters while portraying their younger years. I can forgive the plotholes I've heard others complain about--when I watch Trek, it's all about the acting chemistry. And the new crew nailed it IMHO. I'd watch this crew re-do all the 60's episodes in a heartbeat, with updated special effects & plot updates, etc. Now where did I put that genie lamp...?
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Did anyone mention...
I love the new Star Trek, we've watched it five or six times since we got it at Christmas :)
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