Are movie remakes necessary? That depends on the original


Hunter Taylor, Reporter

Should there ever be movie remakes?

Depends on who you ask. Personally, I think it depends on what’s being made versus the original. I say yes if the original movie was horrible. Like is someone goes and buys the ticket to a new remake of one of their favorite movies. You may be against it at first because you feel the original can’t be out-done. And in some cases you go and see the new one and feels like you have wasted your time. In the other case, you go watch the new movie and it was amazing. It did not so much ruin or try to outdo the original, but brought the same story to a new view. But I would say no if they try to outdo a classic. There have been several of my favorite movies that have been remade. Some have failed. And some have been done well.

For example, “Child’s Play” (2019). It was horrible. There was no need to remake Chucky. The new movie is more of a reboot. A reboot is taking a story and remaking it for a new generation of audiences. In this case, the movie was set in 2019 instead of the 1980s. In this version, Chucky is the new Alexa, in my opinion. All you have to do is give Alexa a body. Yes, the new Chucky is a robot, and this movie basically shows a different version of a robot apocalyptic story. Basically, Chucky’s safety protocols get deactivated and he goes haywire.

Another one is “Pet Sematary” (2019). This is a movie that I was actually excited to see. I have seen the old one and it was almost exactly like the book. I guess that is because Stephen King helped with the screenplay. But the new one was bad. About halfway through the movie is when things started to go wrong because they switched characters’ roles. They changed events, and they even ruined the ending by making these changes. And to be honest, if they wouldn’t have changed the events and the ending, I wouldn’t have minded the character change. So for horror fans, if you have seen the old “Pet Sematary”(1989) or read the book… prepare to be disappointed.

Another remake I was disappointed in was “A Nightmare On Elm Street.” Yes, in case you didn’t know, they did a remake on the horror classic, which people love to this day. But from what I heard from other horror fans who have watched all of the old movies is that “A Nightmare On Elm Street” movies got ridiculous after the first film. They believe it should have been left at only the first film. And then they made the new movie in 2010. Of course the special effects were better, but you shouldn’t remake classic villain characters such as Freddy Kruger.

And what is up with all of the Disney live action remakes? Some are brand new but there have been Disney live action remakes going all the way back to 1996, maybe even sooner. “One-hundred and One Dalmatians”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Dumbo”, “Lady and the Tramp”, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”, “Tarzan”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Peter Pan”, “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, “The Jungle Book”, “Cinderella”, “Mulan”, and “Hercules.” And there are probably more. Some of these have been successful. They show us Disney in a whole different view. They have done well on some of these movies. Some of them I have seen, some I have yet to see, and some I don’t want to see. I liked “Aladdin.” When I saw Will Smith as the Genie, I thought the movie was going to be a failure because no one can out play Robin Williams. But I don’t think Will Smith was trying to one-up Williams. I think he was looking at his predecessor for inspiration, kind of like a role model. But one movie I do not want to see is “Mulan.”  Sure it was a great movie, but I don’t know if a live-action take was absolutely necessary.

So yeah, if you ask me what do I think about a movie remake, it depends on the original movie. There are movies that need remakes, and there are some movies that I think should be left alone. But overall I like seeing the movies made from a different angle as long as they do not mess with the story.