No New Bright Ideas?

Is it that the intuitive minds of film writers worldwide have given up? Or is the old saying “the old ones are the best,” more true today than ever before? No matter what you think, remakes of film classics, such as Footloose, are on the up rise, with a new rendition of Dirty Dancing due to be released in the summer of 2013. But my question is…are they needed in today’s film industry?
Some people may argue that many films today follow the same story line as their predecessors. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is one of the most common plot lines used today and, although this classic plot line has been interpreted in a variety of ways, the basic outline still exists. Boy meets girl. They fall in love. They are then separated by opposing sides and the films eventually conclude in an often happy, but sometimes heartbreaking, finale.
It could be said that the only new film ideas are those that convey a true story, such as an individual’s personal experience. The Oscar nominated film 127 Hours is based on Ralston’s autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and depicts the tale of the mountain climber’s remarkable adventure. The film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor (James Franco) and became widely acclaimed throughout the world. But this was not the typical story line that many films provide.
Alternatively, the remaking of films today provides new actors with the chance to catapult themselves into the fiercely competitive industry and perhaps provide an alternative interpretation of the original film. The remakes already have a guaranteed interest from those who wish to recapture their youth and from those who wish to contrast the two films. When interviewed on whether he was a fan of the old Planet of the Apes films, James Franco, who stars in the new rendition, stated that “[he] did study them…there’s a huge shift in theme. The early Apes movies are much more about cultures clashing, and the later ones became much more about race. In ours, they’ve shifted the emphasis—it’s a Frankenstein story. But Mary Shelley’s book was more about a scientist playing God. Our film is really a cautionary tale about what can happen when experimentation is unchecked.”
It must be a daunting task to retell a classic such as The Karate Kid and King Kong with memorable lines like “wipe on, wipe off” and “nobody put’s Baby in corner” but as long as films continue to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the modern world, actors will continually be susceptible to harsh critic as they try to capture the thrill that the original films encapsulated within their first viewings.
A cynic could argue that today’s audience could just buy the DVD as technology is continually progressing with different enhancements to how the ordinary day viewer watches a film. With the likes of Blu-Ray and 3D viewing, the films could be adjusted appropriately.
So my question remains…are they needed?
By Angarad Millington

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