Remakes get it bad. What's wrong with Hollywood, we cry? Are there no original stories out there any more? Just another example of the lazy regurgitation machine, we say.
The truth is that remakes are as old as the film industry itself - the Great Train Robbery, film's first major example of narrative through moving pictures, was remade within a year of its release in 1903-04, for example. Nevertheless, the general perception is that if it's a remake, then by default, it'll be an inferior product.
Quite clearly, there are plenty of examples to call upon to support such a claim. The nagging thought when watching Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot Psycho remake, for instance, tends to be 'Why am I not just re-watching Hitchcock's original?'
The same can be said of the Russell Brand starring reboot of Arthur. And then there's Nicolas Cage's take on the horror flick, The Wicker Man - the horror being the realisation that you'll never get those two hours of your life back.
And yet, take a deeper look through the annals of film history and you'll find that there are plenty of remakes out there that DO work. That DO offer something new and, *sharp intake of breath*, are sometimes considerably better than the film upon which they have been based.