Movies – Are We Hung Up On The Classics?

What year are we really in right now? 2015? We keep pressing the rewind button and the number of sequels, prequels, reboots and remakes of classic movies are running at an all time high. Are we running out of ideas and playing safe by milking the good old classic-movies-cash-cow?

Lets have a quick look down the list shall we;

 

The Good

Mad Max: Fury Road: Sequel
The greatest spiritual sequel and the best movie of 2015 so far, except for Mr. Mumbles aka Tom Hardy; thankfully the convoy chase action-thriller in the post-apocalyptic desert roars everything back to life! Hats off to George Miller who shows us how to revive a Mad Max, and reminds us that sequels have the potential to not only be an art, but also radical visionary – even with the fourth sequel. What a lovely day, indeed!

Jurassic Park World: Sequel
It’s a cracking, entertaining sequel – Jurassic World definitely fits the first category and it is well worth watching it in the cinema, especially if you’re a fan of the originals

Dredd: Reboot
This was a true representation of Judge Dredd who never took his helmet off unlike the cheesefest original one. Dredd is a very rare example of remake that was actually done properly.

Django Unchained: Reboot
A masterpiece by Quentin Tarantino and one of the very best of all the remakes! Bold, bloodthirsty and daring. Some say Sony may produce a Django/Zorro crossover movie, which exists in Dynamite Entertainment comics already. Hope they don’t forget to hire Mr. Tarantino.Mad Max Prometheus Batman Planet of the Apes

Terminator Genisys: Reboot
Love Arnie and Terminator 1 & 2 were bad ass science fiction films, but this dead horse is heavily flogged enough already. Despite everything going downhill after The Terminator 2, Genisys actually ticked all the right boxes; lots of nods to the originals and wasn’t a slave to the past. Genysis felt as a continuation of the story from T2: Judgment Day, the feel and the soundtrack of the film certainly kept the original soul of the film. Very decent effort for a reboot; the Terminator is old, but not obsolete, not yet!

Star Trek: Reboot
Star Trek reboot was full of action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant lens flaring visuals, and pleased traditional Trekkies as well as the new fans! Must watch and brilliantly executed remake.

Batman: Reboot
Christopher Nolan gave us the best Batman created, ever. The trilogyreboot was dark, complex and unforgettable. Every great hero needs a great villain. And in 2008, Christian Bale’s Batman found his in Heath Ledger’s demented psycho, the Joker. The Dark Knight was ranked the 3rd greatest film ever made on Empire‍ ’​s list.

Planet of the Apes: Remake & Reboot, Prequel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes finally breathes new life into this long-running franchise. It was wonderfully executed as well as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. We can look forward to more Ape-y action in 2017.

  1. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  2. Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970)
  3. Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)
  4. Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972)
  5. Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973)
  6. Planet Of The Apes (2001)
  7. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
  8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
  9. War of the Planet of the Apes (2017)

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Robocop: Reboot
The emotional trauma was one of the primary highlight of this remake, in certain respects, it did better than the original, but it’s not a problem that they went and remade Robocop. The biggest problem with this Robocop is that it’s a remake. A sequel would have had a better chance to prosper.

The Three Stooges: Reboot
It was good but not “original” good, which were always best in short doses, and not a full 90 odd minutes. The gags don’t blossom with repetition.

The Ugly

Prometheus, Alien and Predator: Prequels and Sequels
Is there anybody out there who actually liked Prometheus? The first few sequels were excellent and it all went “silly” ever since the Alien Vs Predator came out. Here’s the list.

  1. Alien (1979)
  2. Aliens (1986)
  3. Predator (1987)
  4. Predator 2 (1990)
  5. Alien 3 (1992)
  6. Alien Resurrection (1997)
  7. Alien Vs Predator (2004)
  8. Aliens Vs Predator – Requiem (2007)
  9. Predators (2010)
  10. Prometheus (2012)

A prime example of a reputable franchise turning into a laughing stock – utterly. Today this franchise lacks not only creativity but also common sense, just like the characters in Prometheus.
Total Recall Man of Steel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Reboot
Another example of a remarkably awful remake. Those poor old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles should have been left in hibernation. Cowabunga? Cowabuggeroff!

The A-Team: Reboot
This movie was overlong, overblown and utterly forgettable. It made the originals look even better. Pity the fool who sees The New A-Team!

Godzilla: Reboot
There’s not enough Godzilla in this Godzilla. The big guy’s part is too small. This movie was a drag and there is a second one in the making as well, really? What are they thinking?

Conan the Barbarian: Reboot
The 2011 version of Conan The Barbarian looked very cheap and felt totally rushed. A nonsensical plot and shoddy storytelling, a remake that was better left alone.

Total Recall: Reboot
One word to describe it – horrific! This reboothas some impressive action sequences but lacks the intricate storyline of the original, very dry humour and they really should have made a sequel instead.

The Good, Bad or Fugly

Star Wars The Force Awakens: Sequel
Better left alone, maybe? With expectations so high, the stakes are even higher and so are the risks.  All the Star Wars fans will be sharpening their daggers for J.J. Abrams as they did with Lucas a couple of years ago.

Super Man of Steel: Reboot
An underwhelming remake of the Superman, with underdeveloped characters and overly dragged supercharged fight scenes. To make matters worse, Warner Bros plans to copy Marvel Avengers success story, the sequel to Man of Steel would be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: A bad joke?
Christian Bale has said numerous times that his story as Batman was completely told in Nolan’s trilogy and that’s enough. Christian Bale set the benchmark so high that it really doesn’t help Ben Affleck much, does it? Mr. Affleck’s casting has caused significant upset, many online petitions demanded his removal from this role already! Daredevil was merely watchable and most of us hopefully still have not forgotten about it. The concept of having two superheroes going head to head is nothing new, but to make a title such as this ends up looking silly, suits a name for next DC game maybe?Star Wars Batman vs Superman Terminator

Spider-Man: Reboot
After 5 films, 3 directors, 2 lead actors and a reboot all in the past 13 years Marvel and Sony have decided we need MOAR!!!! MOAR SPIDER-MAN!!!!!! MOAR REBOOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!! And with all that comes one more thing – MOAR NEW ACTORS and DIRECTORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE STOP!

Daredevil: Reboot
One of the worst remakes in its genre, special thanks to Ben Affleck, he later won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor for his work in the movie. Netflix series was pleasantly enjoyable and makes more sense to make a movie as a sequel to the series rather than a reboot, again.

Fantastic Four: Reboot
The first two movies were not fantastic, at all. They were goofy, mediocre and boring without any climax, they were just an embarrassment. But do we really need another reboot? No, not again, please. We all know how it all begun, a sequel would suffice.

Independence Day Resurgence: Sequel
Independence Day was great Sci-Fi cheesy entertainment! The script was full of wit, cheesy catchphrases and some great special effects, a bit unrealistic nonetheless. The sequel is set to take place coincidentally twenty years after the original, when reinforcements of the original aliens finally arrive on Earth after receiving a distress call. Hope the sequel does better than the original one.

Top Gun 2: Sequel
The original movie had some of the most memorable and electrifying aerial footage! The dogfights were absolutely the best since Clint Eastwood’s Firefox. It was a cool cheesy film. For the last 30 years Paramount have been trying to make a sequel and they’re not going to stop. So what are we expecting in the sequel then? Granddad Tom with overly stretched wrinkles in a F-22 breaking sound barrier and taking our breathe away? Sonic boom? No, thanks?

MOAR Movies

Even MOAR and MOAR are in the pipeline. Even a few years ago, this hardly used to be the case. Sequels of recent successful blockbuster movies are always well expected, such as X-Men, The Lord of the Rings, The Martix, Avengers, Men in Black, Bourne, Riddick, Hellboy, World War Z, Pacific Rim etc., but it’s not always a good idea, such as Transformers, Taken, Fast & Furious, G.I. Joe, 300, The Expendables etc.

Why can’t we have more of movies like The King’s Speech, Hugo, Zero Dark Thirty, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, District 9, Elysium, The Wolf of Wall Street, InterstellarEdge of Tomorrow, The Interview, Inception and many other recent super hits? None of them were a sequel or prequel or reboot or remake of a classic.

The return of many classics have been very successful, but is it really necessary to revive each and every classic out there? It’s all about making money but let’s not get too greedy, let’s not get hung up on the past, it’s not always refreshing.


Tanim

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  • Tony Starks

    Your right man. Dredd and Robcop were really good.Hollywood should start thinking of the fan base instead of repeating the same story. Its worse when they ruin the classics. Im for Ghostbusters though because its been sooooooo long . Sone franchises deserve a good finale like Terminator. I may not support the upcoming Spidy or Terminator.

    • Tanim

      I should have included the next Ghostbusters, I hope they make a good sequel of it. Thoroughly enjoyed the new DREDD and Robocop.

  • ParaSitius

    You somehow chose the wrong Godzilla movie to add to that list, it was superior to the previous attempt by Hollywood in every way. Hollywood is suffering from the same fear that runs through the game industry, it’s easier to market a well known IP than risk it on something unknown and losing millions. As good as Dredd was it tanked as it was mostly based on an unknown comic hero and Stallone’s attempt has never been forgotten.

    • Tanim

      Totally agree except the Godzilla, I actually prefer the classic Godzilla but movies are very subjective.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to be awesome. You can’t tell me otherwise.

    • mhatti3000

      I completely agree.

    • Tanim

      Only a Sith believes in absolute 😉

      • You’ve caught me.

        I’ve always preferred the Sith to the Jedi – they’re not as wishy washy.

  • spatchmo

    I’d have to disagree with a few of your film choices there Tanim, I thought that while Prometheus was disappointing, it was certainly no worse than the ClusterFuck that was Mad Max.

    I liked Predators as it was true to the original and A-Team, Godzilla, Conan and Total Recall were all OK movies, maybe not worthy of the Good category but far from Ugly!

    Robocop should be in the Ugly list and WTF is 3 Stooges doing on this list? if you’re going down that route then you need to talk about Dumb and Dumber too.

    Also as we’re talking about films that are currently being rebooted you shouldn’t have Nolans Batman in the list as Batfleck is nearly with us now.

    A few franchises you could have also included are X-men, Ghostbusters & Poltergeist

    I agree with your general sentiment but I cant imagine we’d agree about lots of your choices there!

    • Tanim

      Enjoying them are very subjective and really wish I have included the new Dumb and Dumber Too as well, which was absolutely horrendous. X-Men are very recent (2000) hence didn’t put it under as a classic but the issue remains the same, it’s a big hung up on classic and most suffer for not offering anything new.

  • H00pyFr00d

    Totally agree with your rankings. I’m so pleased people like the new Mad Max. Still not sure about Tom Hardy’s dialogue, or his wavering accent but the film was just perfect and was a great fit against the original (well, the 2nd) film.

    • Tanim

      Loved every second of the Fury Road, from start to end thoroughly entertaining. Tom Hardly came across more as a Bane than original Max Rockatansky! Hope he says a couple more words should they decide to make a sequel to this.

  • Udimion

    The main problem with your argument here is that while you may not like the current trend for sequels, prequels, remakes and reboots, there is clearly a market for it. And that market is very very big.

    If you don’t like the number or revisits to old films there is a very simple solution, stop seeing them. And yet from your post you appear to have watched all of them, which actually makes you part of the problem.

    Additionally, your biggest problem doesn’t seem to be that they are making or remaking these films, it is that some of them are bad, which can be said for plenty of other non-remake etc films. Just look at things like John Carter (of Mars), Jack Reacher, Tomorrowland, Cowboys and Aliens, Alexander…the list goes on and on and they were all rubbish films. They weren’t remakes or reboots etc and yet they were simply bad films.

    Most of the bad films you’ve listed above are not bad because they are remakes etc, they are bad because they are bad, just as the good films are good because they are good. Their relationship to other films is immaterial to the quality of the film so your argument is basically nonsense.

    • Tanim

      I totally agree with everything you’ve said, that each movie of it’s own whether if it is bad or good, except remaking classic directly places the remake in comparison it to the original classic. Problem with that is that if the classic was a box office hit then you would expect the same, or more from the remake. Hence, the stakes are very high, because you are dealing with a loyal fan-base now. For example the Spider-man reboot, same story being told in different movies. Personally I would much prefer a bad film which at least offers something refreshingly new, rather than just a bad remake of a classic, nothing is worse than that.

      • Udimion

        Well the problem with spider-man is that Sony had to rush through another film to ensure it kept its licensing deal with marvel, and rather than simply do what other franchises do and change actors and assume the audience will simply accept it, they felt they needed to recast and remake. Unfortunately, unlike Batman where you have well over a decade between Burton Batman and Nolan Batman, the spider-man reboot happened only 5 years after the last of the previous.

        And even then the Amazing Spider-man has still managed to rake in over $700m in box office takings so I don’t think anyone can say it wasn’t a hit.

        If you’re talking about original films being box office hits and the sequels/prequels not living up to them, then you can instantly discount Alien/Prometheus. Alien made $3.5m in its US opening weekend, Prometheus $51m. Total current box office – Alien is $203.6m while Prometheus is at $399m. In fact prior to Prometheus, the highest US opening weekend in the franchise was Alien vs Predator!!

        The problem isn’t hollywood, it is the people. No filmmaker wants to make films no one want to see, and no studio can afford to back one. They make what people, including you, want.

        • mhatti3000

          I think you have missed his point. If Hollywood insists on making these movies, they better do a good movie, sorry, an awesome movie. Of course we will watch it if they remake it, even if they are shit. The minimum that the studios have to do is to create a worthy sequel, prequel, remake or reboot.

          There are no excuses for the release of bad sequels.

        • Tanim

          That exactly where the problem is, Hollywood/Filmmakers are playing safe by milking everyone remaking the “classic” logo, they are selling what already being sold before.

          Except now they are generating revenues even more than before, since the fans would obviously want to see the movies, unless they see a remake they cannot tell whether if it was worth it or not. A good revenue and a good movie are two completely different things. A movie can generate millions yet receive awful reviews.

          The Amazing Spider-man offered nothing new than a few more CGI tweaks and slightly different storyline to the previous one.

          The last Batman (Dark Knight Rises) was out in 2012, so just another example of same philosophy really.

          • Udimion

            Studios, like any other business, have the sole purpose of making money. I see nothing wrong with them making and remaking older films, or attempting sequels and prequels because there is clearly enough of a market.

            You seem to be blaming Hollywood for milking their customers, but the customers are allowing themselves to be milked. There is a very simple way to stop this from happening, and it is to not pay to see those films.

            Just look at some of Disney’s most recent live action films that the studio were setting up as franchises – John Carter (of Mars), Prince of Persia, even the Chronicles of Narnia – none of them were spectacularly bad films and all were set-up to mark the start of a new franchise, and yet all failed because they couldn’t find enough of an audience. If there are not enough people willing to pay to see the films, they don’t make them again. (While they did try to make more Chronicles, it faded out after only 3 films so even quality source material can’t save poor films if people stop watching them).

            The problem is that people are stupid enough to go and repeatedly pay out to see the a film again and again, for the original in the cinema, then the dvd, then the blu-ray, then the sequel, then the remake and so it goes on. If there is a film I genuinely love, no remake will ever match up to it, so I simply won’t see it.

            Take Star Wars for example, I have the limited edition DVDs with the original versions and the ones that GL ruined in the 90s with all that CGI crap. While I would like to get them on DVD, I won’t, because I cannot get the originals on Blu-ray, and refuse to pay GL more money for films he ruined. Others buy it all and then complain about the lack of originals, but they don’t need to release the originals on blu-ray because all those other chumps have already bought into the revised versions…idiots.

          • My thoughts exactly, it’s all because of those fools!! Always ruin it for us!!! Get your facts right foo @Tanim!!!! Aggggghhhhhhhhh

          • mhatti3000

            You should put all that writing effort on the site 🙂