It is a strong belief in people that movie remakes can normally not work out. Why would anyone waste his time in making something which has already won the hearts of millions with its storyline, characters, and brilliant performance? you can’t recreate the magic with the same theme, plot, and idea. And it also begs the question of why would anyone bother to do that. But there are a lot of movies that are worth watching. Here is a list of movies that are the remake of old movies and are worth watching.
The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney’s animated film of the same name, The Jungle Book is an action/CGI film that tells the story of an orphan boy named Mowgli who guided by his animal guardians sets on a journey of self-discovery. To many people, it seemed like expending money and resources on a pointless movie where there are many important stories to be told that didn’t get an animated version. But Jon Favreau and his team pioneered new technologies for CGI, photorealistic rendering that gave one of the best visual effects movies of all time. And the cast of A-listers – Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley – is just the icing on the cake.
The Departed is a 2006 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan and is a remake of 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The fact that Martin got the Academy Award for Best Director for the movie is an issue of controversy and debate since it was seen more as a lifetime award rather than an individual recognition. It may seem like a long and aimless movie but it’s a complicated story. It’s more like a cat and mouse and cat thriller. The Departed was a change for Scorsese gangster movies who usually do Italian mafia movies set in NewYork. The Departed was a critical and commercial success and won four Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.
Insomnia is a 2002 American psychological thriller directed by Christopher Nolan which is a remake of Norwegian movie Insomnia from back in the late ’90s is a serial killer thriller about a murder investigation in a cold town. The director adapted the same movie for western audiences which was as intense and thrilling as the original movie. Erik Skjoldbjaerg, who directed the original movie, even approved of Nolan’s interpretation of his work: “Well, I haven’t seen it for quite a while, but when I first saw it, it was a very strange experience, because it was quite close, stylistically, to the original. I felt lucky that it’s such a well crafted, smart film and that it had a really good director handling it because as a remake, I think it did well and it doesn’t hurt any original if a remake is well done. So, I felt I was lucky that Christopher Nolan took it upon himself to do it.”
Evil Dead is a remake that is worth watching. It took a seminal horror film directed on a shoestring budget by a visionary director with no money and no visual effects and used today’s high dimensional cameras and modern computer technologies to realize those visual effects to its full potential. Sam Raimi had the original idea of having some trees rape a woman back when he made the original film but the remake showed how gruesome that could be. Throughout the whole movie, the director keeps the camera on the subject. This movie lived up to its ”most terrifying movie you will ever experience” promise. The original movie was an ordeal to sit through but nothing as compared to the remake and that’s the point.
House on Haunted Hill
In the original version of the movie, Vincent plays Frederick Loren, a millionaire who offers six people $10,000 each to spend the night in the haunted house. During the screening of the movie, the onscreen ghosts were manifested as wire supported inflatable skeletons to frighten the audience at crucial times. William Malone’s 1999 version ditches the inflatable skeletons, soups up the special effects and keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek as “Steven Price” (Geoffrey Rush) invites six people to his haunted mansion, unaware that one of them has an ulterior motive.
Dredd is a 2012 science fiction action film directed by Pete Tavis and written and produced by Alex Garland. Dredd was the second attempt to adapt 2000 AD’s star comic book character for the big screen, after that ‘90s travesty involving Sylvester Stallone taking off the helmet and Rob Schneider as the completely needless comic relief. The story is basically set in a dystopian world where the judge who roam the streets have the combined role of judge, jury, police, executioner. The 2012 version is in 3D mode with a much better suited Karl Urban who deals with the issue of a drug epidemic and how the police are handling it. The Stallone version might have gotten an R rating, but the Urban version got a seriously hard R rating with some of the most graphic violence ever put on film. That’s the Judge Dredd way.
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