The Original Was So Much Better
These days, everything that Hollywood is pumping out seems like a cheap ripoff of a preexisting film. Of course, by “cheap” we mean the movie cost hundreds of millions of dollars, albeit void of virtually any artistic merit, save for increasingly impressive special effects. Remakes, unnecessary trilogies, and superhero movies: is this the Hollywood we’ve been cursed to live with?
Whenever we see the announcement for an upcoming remake of a film that was in theaters not even ten years ago, it’s easy to react indignantly, assuming that Hollywood’s talent has dried up or that producers have forsaken the magic of cinema for the allure of money. But is this a new trend?
As it turns out, some of Hollywood’s most revered classics were remakes in their own time, the bigger and better versions of previously existing, often black and white or even silent films from Tinseltown’s earliest years. As these early forays into cinema fell into obscurity, growing talent and drastically improved technology replaced them with blockbuster remakes that quickly rose to critical acclaim, eclipsing the originals in public memory.
But not anymore.