Are Remakes That Good?

For years and years film companies around the world have been doing their own remakes on films and some of them do justice to the original but there are some that absolutely blow.

For instance there are the good film remakes like Captain America for one. In the mid 90’s they released two Captain America films and even though I never saw them a the way through they did look rather bad. But with the new Marvel Cinematic Universe being a money maker for Marvel they decided to create a new Captain America film which I got to say was my favourite film for Phase 1, the story was really interesting, the characters were believable and the special effects were amazing as well. This then lead the film to then get its own sequel which was one of the highest grossing films for Marvel this year.

Another film that I did like the remake of was Nightmare on Elm Street. The original film I really enjoyed but it was rather swamped with the ways that Freddy was killing people over a backstory of what happened to Freddy to make him what he was today. But with the remake it did develop more of a backstory for Freddy and the other teenagers in the film, for the main fact that Freddy was a grounds keeper at a kindergarten and it turned out that he was grooming the children and it was hinted that he may have done more. This is also a more up-to-date version especially with things that have came into news where C-List celebrities in the UK have been revealed as paedophiles and I think that is a rather good topic to bring into a film. Plus there were also scenes of more realism in it as that the teenagers were starting to stay awake for longer times which then has identifying marks to teenagers going through tough times like exams but it does take tolls. Example in the film is the 72 hours rule that after that you start to slip into micro sleeps that you don’t know are real, I dunno if this is real but it does sound it.

But with the good there is a lot of bad. A major example for me are the Transformer movies, and in my eyes this film is a reboot since they do adapt from the television show from the 80’s, the first major problem with the film was that there was no actual origin of what happens on Cybertron. Then there were the characters mainly the human cast that I found terrible, in the original series the human cast was limited and were useful to the Autobots in the films they just seemed to be a nuisance and really terrible character development. The stories would have been better if the stories followed on from a Transformer p.o.v instead of human it would have been better.

Another film series that I believed suffered because of a reboot was Friday the 13th. I really found it to be a major disappointment for the franchise. It just seemed to gather the best parts from the original films and then ruined them. The original Friday The 13th movie focused around a killer at camp grounds that was built up really well and it all climaxed at the end with a strange slow mo scene, but with the remake they just focused around a missing persons and teenagers getting drunk/baked, there was little story to go on about Jason and more around trying to poorly develop characters and build relations that were pretty dull. All in honest I think this film could have been a lot better if it was based on a slight alternative after the events of Freddy vs Jason. Well that’s my view at least.

But all in all there are the films that are really good as remakes but with every good remake there are at least two bad films, but what people think of remakes is up to them.


The Good The Bad and The Dinobots

Last week I went to see Michael Bay’s latest instalment of the Transformers franchise and the first thing I have to say it quite possibly could have been the best Transformers film Bay has done, but Revenge of the Fallen was better.

The Good-
So the first good thing about this film was the beginning of the film that showed dinosaurs which then references on to the Dinobots which were revealed I think last year ad SDCC, but I could be wrong about that, and also what looks like Cybertronian space craft on Earth as well, but there was also a bad point because it was a short scene and it didn’t really tell the audience that much which even though it is good build up technique it lead up to quite a disappointment.

The next good thing for me was actually a thing that bugged the hell out me the last trilogy and that were the human characters. As the main lead protagonist in this film Mark Walburgh did an amazing job over Shia LeBouf, his seems we’re really good either being the lone parent scenes with his daughter and the seems he has in the last act with Stanley Tucci, he was a lot stronger of a character and I hope that he is going to be in the next films, but maybe more as a minor which I’ll explain more in me bad points section. The next actor I liked in the film was Kelsey Grammer, he was a brilliant antagonist in the film, he was dark, mysterious and acted really well. It also seemed like a complete flipside to characters that I’ve seen him play minus Sideshow Bob, he was a really good antagonist and he played the part well. And the we get to the Tucci, in all retrospect his character is basically what I wished John Malkovich character was like in Dark of the Moon, he was funny and had quite a few good moments in the film and was a neutral character in the end.

Finally the point that I like was that it did have a lot of links into the original Transformers, the first being the dinobots and then the Gen 1 design for Optimus in the beginning of the movie. The next didn’t happen till I think later in the film when Optimus asked Lockdown who sent him there and he replied his creator which I then instantly thought the Quintesons who appeared in the original Transformers film and through season 3 of the show and there it was revealed that they created the original Transformers, so I’m really hoping that Bay does do the next film set around Cybertron.

The Bad-
With all films from this franchise it spends way to long focusing on both a human protagonist/antagonist story line, and with the show they did have human protagonists but a lot of the time they were helping the Autobots like the time when Spike and Carly went to Cybertron to find materials to help repair the Autobots, they were never centrally focused a major episode or arc for themselves or were a nuisance. Even the antagonist weren’t a problem because they were generally evil anyway because they were villains. So for the next film I’m hoping for a limited number of human story in the film.

The next thing I thought was bad about the film was the fact that it did rather steal an idea from Avatar buy having a element and giving it a really stupid name like Unobtainium, but with this film it was called Transformium which is in my view a really stupid name, a name like Cybertroinum seem to be a better name since they come from Cybertron.

The final thing that I thought was bad about the film was the new Decepticon transformation where it looks like the get split up into particles and then transform into their different forms, I really didn’t see the need for this decision because it looks so terrible, there was nothing wrong with the original transformation mechanics and hopefully it will be rectified in the next film.

The Dinobots-
The dinobots for me were a real hit and miss. When I saw the designs for them I was really disappointed about them, they looked unlike dinosaurs and they could have just adapted from the original designs which would have been a lot better for the fan base who grew up watching the originals or played the Fall on Cybertron game. So I hope that there may be better designed transformers in the future.

Overall the film did go over well with me but there were a few plot holes in the film, my biggest one was when did Optimus get a Jetpack, no where in the film did it show him either getting new parts upgrade like in Revenge of the Fallen/Dark of the Moon he just has it. It still bothers me but I have to get over it.

My overall score of the film 7/10 it was decent but the human stories and Dinobots design did ruin it for me.