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What to Make of Remakes

We all have our own favorite movies, movie series, and/or TV shows that we love to watch and can’t get enough of. Many of them have become a few (or more than a few) years old, and often popular movies or shows end up being remade. Someone out there in the land of Hollywood decides to revisit the shining glory of the past and revamp the old favorites. It’s happening more and more often in recent days, like with the Disney classics remakes. They have already made several and the newest one, the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, is almost here. Also, there are the new Star Trek movies that have come out in recent years, a revival of one of the largest fandoms ever. But is it worth it? Should we let sleeping dogs lie and not try to mess with a good thing? Or make it so we can relive the magic of those classic favorites?

There’s always a bit of an internal conflict when another remake is announced. Part of you is excited to see your favorite characters and story again but part of you dreads that whoever decided to add new life to your favorite movie or TV show will change it too much and ruin the magic. This leads to the core of the issue: remakes are not necessarily bad, but it depends on how the director decides to go about remaking the coveted form of media.

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“Part of you is excited to see your favorite characters and story again but part of you dreads that whoever decided to add new life to your favorite movie or TV show will change it too much and ruin the magic.” Photos from: www.silverpettiecoat.com and https://lumiere-a.akamaihd.com

On one hand, if the director decides to follow the old script exactly (or close to it) then they aren’t producing anything new and exciting, though if it is worth a remake then chances are it will probably be good nonetheless. On the other hand, if a director decides to use the same characters and make a new story to replace the old one or a story that happens after the end of the last one, then we have to worry about the characters we love being changed too much, to the point they are no longer recognizable. Both versions have their pros and cons, but the main concern is how faithful a remake is to the original.

A remake can either create a new story or retell the old one, but at the end of the day, there are certain things that you cannot change from the original. You have to keep whatever traits that made the original so great. Let the remake have references to the original, as a way to help the audience enjoy the show and as a reminder that the director is keeping the original in mind. Remakes can be a precarious thing as there is a lot that can go wrong and a lot that can go right. The key point is to maintain a certain level of faithfulness to the original.