Name the best movie remakes, either of movies that were good the first time, or bad the first time, or movies that benefitted from being remade because of improved technology
What older movies should be remade because the technology has improved enough to bring a fresh visual look to the story, or because they were a good idea poorly handled the first time.
What foreign movies would make for a good English language remake for American audiences? Before someone says foreign language movies shouldn’t be remade because people should see the original, I mostly agree that seeing the original is preferable to some Americanized version, but there are stories out there that the mainstream misses because they, for whatever reason, dislike subtitles.
What are some of the worst remakes ever?
Let me start this with a few:
Good remake of a good foreign language movie:
Reservoir Dogs: The origianl was a Hong Kong movie named City on Fire, directed by Ringo Lam. Tarantino lifted roughly the last half hour and expanded it to a full length picture. In many respects it is superior to the original, but it doesn’t have Chow Yun Fat, and it leaves the best moment in the original film out.[sup]1[/sup]
Good remake of a mediocre movie:
The Fly: This is one that was hampered by technological limits in the original.
Foreign Movie that should be remade:
After Life: This is a Japanese movie about people whose job it is to help the recently dead choose a memory in which to spend their after life. It has no special effects, and the script and plot would work with virtually no changes at all.
Foreign Movie that was remade, but shouldn’t have:
The Vanishing: A man becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to his wife, who disappeared at a diner while on vacation. The ending is absolutely perfect, but I will say no more except that if you have not seen this movie, find a copy of the original Dutch version. If you were floored by The Sixth Sense or The Usual Suspects, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The American version has a poor setup, which could be forgiven, but it changes the ending, which changes the entire point of the movie. It is unforgivable, even more so because it was the director of the original who helmed this travesty.
Great remake of a good movie:
His Girl Friday: The only bad version of “The Front Page” is “Switching Channels”, but none of the others can match this second version. Sparks practically fly back and forth between Cary Grant and Rosalind Russel.
Worst remake of a Great movie:
Caboblanco: A remake of “Casablanca”. Why remake a perfect movie?