In the last few years, remakes of Disney movies have been popping up left and right.
Some are direct copies with some updated visuals (like The Lion King remake), others are re-imaginings that borrow only characters and the basic plot from the original (like Dumbo or Aladdin), and still, others are sequels to existing films (like Frozen 2). How do you feel about Disney remakes? Would you like to see more of them in the future, or should they stick to making original content instead?
Do you think movies should be remade?
For some people, this is a simple question. For others, it’s a divisive topic that evokes strong feelings. Here are some things to consider before you make up your mind:
- Why should movies be remade? Some people believe that the original movie was perfect and shouldn’t be touched or updated in any way. They feel that if something isn’t broken, don’t fix it! In other words: let sleeping dogs lie. Others think that older stories deserve to be retold and updated for today’s audiences—and sometimes an old story can benefit from an update!
- What is the purpose of a remake? The goal of most movie remakes is usually financial; studios hope to capitalize on nostalgic viewers who want to see familiar characters and stories (or new ones) brought back into theaters with updated special effects or performances by big-name actors/actresses. But there are also some movies whose originals have fallen out of favor over time—either because they aren’t perceived as “good enough” anymore or because they’re too dated for modern audiences
Why remake a movie in the first place?
There are several reasons why a remake is considered.
- New technology: Hollywood studios look for ways to make their movies more impressive, and the best way to do that is through new technology. With CGI becoming more advanced, filmmakers can create amazing effects in their films that were not possible with older methods of film-making.
- New actors: Sometimes a remake gives an opportunity for new actors to come in and play characters who were previously played by different people (think Michael Keaton as Batman or Christopher Reeve as Superman). This also allows audiences to see new interpretations of classic tales by different generations of performers, often with updated styles or sensibilities.
- New ideas: Sometimes studios will decide it’s time to try something new with an existing story rather than just repeat it exactly as before—maybe they want a “reboot” where everything starts fresh again instead of continuing from where we left off last time! Other times there might be something about the original movie which isn’t working anymore—for example its themes may seem outdated now thanks…
Which movies should be remade?
You might be wondering what makes a movie worth remaking. There are several factors that could make a good candidate:
- It was made by Disney and they want to cash in on their popularity
- The original was bad and the remake will be better in every way
- The cast is full of young, hot people (this applies mostly to teen romances)
Should old movies be remade or new ones?
I’d say it depends on the movie. If the old movie is a classic and the new one is a flop, then it’s usually not worth remaking. But if the original film was a flop and the new film happens to be a modern classic, then you might as well go all-in on that thing.
In fact, I think that’s what happened with Mary Poppins (1964) vs Saving Mr. Banks (2013). The 1964 version of Mary Poppins was nominated for 13 Oscars and won 5; while 2013′s Saving Mr. Banks won 2 Golden Globes but got only 1 Oscar nomination…
How should a remake change the original?
While remakes and reboots are often criticized, they can be a good thing if the creators are willing to take risks. A remake should be a new take on the original, but it should still have that same feel as the original. It’s all about being true to the original while also giving viewers something new.
So what do you think? How should a remake change the original?
It depends on the movie.
If you’re wondering whether or not to watch a remake, it all comes down to the movie.
There are some movies that should never be remade. Let’s start with those. These are movies that already exist and were clearly good enough on their own. There’s no need for a new version of them! Why would you want to watch something when you could just watch the original?
There are also some movies that shouldn’t be remade because they were bad in the first place—and there’s no way a remake could possibly make them better! This is why we occasionally hear about ridiculous ideas like “Cinderella” being put on Broadway (it was announced earlier this year). If it was already bad as an animated Disney film, why would anyone think it could work as a stage show? If there’s not much audience interest in these kinds of things now, why would they suddenly become popular when recreated by another medium?
It seems that, like so many things in life, the answer to whether remakes should be made is yes and no. On the one hand, remakes can provide a great opportunity for new audiences to experience old classics. They can also be an excellent source of entertainment for those who were first exposed to the originals when they were too young to really appreciate them. However, as with all things Disney, there are some caveats: if you don’t like what’s going on with a movie remake—for whatever reason—don’t let it get you down. There will always be another opportunity around the corner!