We recently took the kiddos to see “The LEGO Movie” (which was pretty awesome, even though that song got stuck in my head for days), and while I was there, I couldn’t help but notice the posters promoting new and soon-to-be released flicks. “Endless Love.” “Robocop.” “About Last Night.”
Did I suddenly enter a time warp? Or weren’t those movies from the (shudder) 1980s?
This is one topic Dr. G. and I love to complain about: the lack of originality when it comes to new movies. Seriously, those Oscar people must have one heck of a time coming up with nominees for “Best Original Screenplay” because everything lately seems to be based on (or adapted from):
(a) a book or comic book (“Hunger Games,” Thor, even “FROZEN”) or TV show (“Sex and the City Movie”)
(b) a toy (see “Transformers,” “GI Joe,” and – yes — “The LEGO Movie”)
(c) a true story (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Captain Phillips,” “American Hustle,” etc.)
(d) a prequel or sequel to a movie that wasn’t even that good in the first place (too many examples), or
(e) a complete and total reboot (I mean, did we really need a remake of “Footloose”?)
Has Hollywood really run out of ideas? Or are consumers far less picky than they once were, meaning we’ll go see an absolutely terrible “G.I. Joe” movie simply because it has brand and name recognition?
Or are Hollywood execs banking on the fact that today’s teens have probably never seen crappy movies like “Endless Love”, so why not make some easy money by keeping the same cliched plot and then just throw in some iPhones and other touches of 21st century life. Voila! Instant film!
Think about it: When was the last time you saw an original, glued-to-your-seat film?
It took me awhile to come up with one, especially since I don’t see as many movies as I used to, but I really enjoyed “Bridesmaids.” Like a few years ago. And I want to see “Gravity” when it comes out on DVD soon.
Someone recently sent me a link to this article and I almost choked. Did you know there are planned reboots of the following ’80s movies: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (a merchandisers dream), “Poltergeist” (which absolutely terrified me as a child), “Romancing the Stone,” and even my beloved “Annie” (with Cameron Diaz, of all people, stepping into Carol Burnett’s shoes)?
Like, gag me with a spoon.
All of this got me thinking: With this flurry of 1980s remakes, what movie would you absolutely NOT want to see remade? And which one would you love to see rebooted?
For me, there’s the obvious Brat Pack films (“St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Breakfast Club,” etc.), but honestly, I think it would be sacrilege to remake “Heathers,” which is one of my all-time favorites. I could seriously quote this movie all day. “What’s your damage, Heather?” “Grow up, Heather. Bulimia’s so ’87.” “This isn’t just a spoke in my menstrual cycle.” “You know what I want? Cool guys like you out of my life.”
And who could forget that wonderfully crude line about a chainsaw?
But I admit I would happily break out my bedazzled jean jacket for a reboot of “Poltergeist.” With today’s special effects, I think this has the potential to be completely terrifying (or maybe that’s the 6-year-old girl in me talking).
And seriously, Mom and Dad, what the heck were you thinking letting me see that movie?!
Okay, your turn! What movie — from any decade — do you/don’t you want to see as a reboot?