Remakes were always a thing, even going back to the early days of movies. They’d remake a silent movie when talkies came out, etc. But the further we go, the more they remake. In todays world DVDs, Blu Rays, and five billion streaming channels, we feel there is less and less need for them. Most of them are pretty easy to find if you are interested in watching them. But Hollywood insists on rebranding and making a new version, trying to improve upon the original. “Psycho”? You can’t improve it. You can’t change it. You made the same movie again. Why? They are useless. Occasionally they get it right. Not all of these are winners though. Its a mixed bag. Some good, some bad, some just out of the box.
Day 16 - Annie (1982) / 2014 - Jenn
I love musicals, and this movie is no exception. It’s even in my top five and that’s Annie. This movie has been retold and retold, with the most recent version being a live stage performance which I enjoyed. This story about a little red headed orphan, even in some of the newer versions the red headed part does change. Not sure how I felt about that but moving on. She ends up winning the heart of Daddy Warbucks and finds out maybe happy endings are real after all. Though I have to say all versions are good in their own way, my favorite still has to be the original, even though a few Annie remakes are definitely close seconds.
Melanie Says - I like musicals too but even the first one doesn't hit high on my watch list so I have skipped all the others.
Dave Says - One addition I'll add to this is the inspiration it gave. The 1987 series "Rags to Riches" was a clear example but instead of a rich guy adopting one kid, it was several. And also set to music. But this series only lasted one season so it was quickly forgotten. The names were changed so it isn't exactly a remake but I would definitely file it under "inspired by"
Have you seen it? What did you think?
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