It’s no secret that we’re in the age of the remake. Sometimes it seems like all the capable screenwriters in Hollywood have been locked away, only to be released around award season. This isn’t to say that reboots are always a bad thing. If handled with care, it’s great to see a classic brought up to date by those with a real reverence for the source material.
Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.
The word ‘reboot’ itself has become an almost derogatory term where movies are concerned. This is mostly down to such abysmal messes as 2010’s Clash of the Titans and the wild journey into Nicolas Cage’s psychosis that was inexplicably meant to be a rehash of cult classic The Wicker Man.
Many remakes fall into the trap of trying to recapture the magic of the original instead of putting their own stamp on the story but the majority fail due to being so misguided that the audience has to check their ticket on the way out to remind themselves what they’ve just watched.
With so much riding on the nostalgia value of originals worthy of rebooting, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of chances to screw up...