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 7 - Ghosts (UK) 2019 / (US) 2021 - Melanie
OK so I know this one is a little more contentious. When CBS announced that they were going to make yet another US version of a hit UK show I thought well at least this has a premise that can be changed to make it fit. But did they do that? NOPE - instead they literally tried to use basically the SAME UK CHARACTERS (which made NO sense with US history) and use the same stories - at least that's what I gleaned from the trailers and the first 3 minutes Greg and I watched. Yep THREE MINUTES - that was all it took for us to say NO THANK YOU! They even tried to match the lead couple as closely as possible to the original pair.
Now the US version has gone on to win awards - so I can only assume that it is because most Americans are unaware of the far superior original but for me - well as with other things I don't like I just pretend as much as possible the remake doesn't exist!
Have you seen it? What did you think?
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