There have been a lot of wonderful movies made from the time movie productions saw the limelight till date. One thing that is however commonplace today is a remake of the movies that once held everyone spellbound because of the advancement in technology which can make the movies much more fascinating than their first time out. Moreover, movie production companies know that a lot of us wouldn’t complain about knowing the ending of a movie we once adored provided the movie still provides us with the same nostalgic effect as the first one did.
Some movie remakes are however bad because they lack the decency to provide something new and different from the first ones.
Check out 4 Movies that fall into this category.
The Wicker Man
The original version is a British horror cult classic which was made in 1973 and follows the story of Sergeant Howie played by Edward Woodward who investigates the disappearance of a child on the Scottish island of Summerisle. The remake which was released in 2006 was written and directed by Neil LaBute and stars Nicolas Cage as Edward Malus who is informed by his ex-fiancée Willow Woodward that her daughter Rowan has disappeared and asks for his assistance in her search. The remake was a disaster despite its high profile cast and was also a financial flop, grossing over $38 million against a $40 million production budget.
The hilarity that was attempted in the Neil LaBute/Nicolas Cage Wicker Man makes the movie a butt of joke as it was a poor attempt at getting a comedy classic. The 2006 Wicker Man is an accidental movie that has an interesting comic part.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
This movie’s first version was released in 2009 and it was directed by Niels Arden Oplev and starred Noomi Rapace who was a breakout star of the movie. The first version had stunning visuals which can perhaps be attributed to the director who is known for great cinematography in his works. The plot is very similar to the movie which had the same title with the work of David Fincher which was released in 2011. The cast of David Fincher’s version included Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara in her breakout role, Robin Wright and Christopher Plummer. The visuals of both version are gripping but both there was no need for David Fincher’s version simply because Niels Arden Oplev had made an almost perfect version earlier.
Clash Of The Titans
Clash of the Titans reboot is is a 2010 British-American fantasy adventure film based on the 1981 film of the same name produced by MGM. The 2010 Clash of The Titans grossed $493 million worldwide, though it received generally negative reviews. The 2011 version used a lot of computer generated imaging that almost made the movie look like a cartoon instead of a live-action movie. The movie was more about the computer generated “Kraken” than about the star studded cast which made it less deserving.
The Planet Of The Apes
The movie is a science-fiction classic about three astronauts marooned on a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are slaves. The stunned trio discovers that these highly intellectual simians can both walk upright and talk. They have even established a class system and a political structure. The astronauts suddenly find themselves part of a devalued species, trapped and imprisoned by the apes. The first planet of the Apes film was released in i968. Tim Burton and his creative team signed up in 2001 with 20th century fox to remake the Planet of the Apes movie which had Mark Wahlberg as Astronaut Leo Davidson, Helena Bonham Carter as the chimpanzee Ari, and Tim Roth as General Thade.
The only major difference between the first movie and the reboot is the statue of liberty in the former which was replaced with that of Abraham Lincoln and of course, a chimpanzee sitting in place of the dead former US president. Though the reboot was a box office hit, it never should have been made because it wasn’t much different from the first.