LadyBug wrote:I'm a bit shocked that Back to the Future or Ghostbusters has not been remade yet.
If both films stand the test of time, why bother remaking them? The effects have stood up pretty well(traditional effects trump CG most of the time for me), and the acting/story has as well. A remake might not be that interesting, and it would probably lack the spirit of the original.
Moving onto the topic, I am so on the fence about Jurrassic Park getting a remake. The original is the best, though I do like Lost World. JP 3 is good, but the impact of "Oh hey, we've got DINOSAURS!!!" has sadly deteriorated. Thing is I don't know what they could do for a sequal, so a remake is the only option. But where else could they go with it? I will see Jurrassic Park 4/Remake in theatures no question, but I'm wary at the same time.
Now then, let's talk about King Kong. Personally, I'm not against the theory of remaking it. Willis O' Brian's stop motion animation is still some of the best I've ever seen, and Kong is very much portrayed like an animal, and he's treated like one. I really love the 1933 Kong, but the remakes...
Kong '76 was overly long, and pretty boring. It had some decent characters and a story, but it lost nearly all the mystery and wonder that was in the original Kong. Heck, the only thing Kong fights is a giant snake, and only for a very brief minute. It's been a good while since I saw the film, so I don't have any real deep thoughts to share, but it was a rather bland remake. However...
Kong '05 is one of my least favorite movies. That is not how you do a remake. More time does not necessarily mean a better film. Battles against strange CG creatures are fine, except when you practically have them back to back, and don't even give the audiance a chance to breathe. Oh, and it makes us forget that Kong is supposed to be the antagonist of the film. Speaking of which, a battle with three V-Rexes(....why did they rename and remake dinosaurs? They aren't copyrighted!) is not fun when it takes like ten minutes and needlessly silly(Kong's fighting three dinosaurs with Ann in his paws...really? Couldn't set her down, not mention the Rex's in the vines.), and who is supposed to be the main character of the scene anyway? This is supposed to be Kong's moment!
And speaking of Kong, my other main beef against the movie is they go out of their way to try and humanize him, as well as make him likable. In the '76 version it kinda worked because there Kong was more a victim of circumstances and not really a killer. In the '33 version Kong's portrayed generally as a monster that does kill, but he's never humanized, and the audiance feels sympathy for him because we know he can't understand what's happening to him, and no character in the film is trying to love him. And that is why the '05 version fails me, because it tries to have it both ways, but it doesn't.
As a postive note on the film, I enjoyed Jack Black.
Anyway, one final Kong mention: they NEED to remake Godzilla vs. King Kong. I love Godzilla WAY more than Kong, but that film sadly has not aged well, and I'd love to see their titanic battle with modern effects.