Saturday, January 30, 2010

HYS – Remakes and adaptations

It’s been a while since the ESPV team has offered a HaveYourSay post for yall to mill over.. so we thought we’d throw a nice simple one out there to kick off the new year.

For many film lovers and critics the last ten years was known as the decade of remakes, adaptations and attempts to bring old stories to life.. sometimes with dire results.

The Lord of the Rings, Transformers, Sin City, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, King Kong, 3:10 to Yuma, Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Alice in Wonderland, Dawn of the Dead, The 300, Infernal Affairs, Hell Boy, Superman, Batman, Where the Wild Things Are… all remakes, adaptations or classic stories brought to life for the first time on the big screen.

(Images: Google)
For some, original storylines and characters loose their authenticity when, for example, brought from the comic book page to the silver screen. Some aspects of a story which originally captivated a select audience, when adapted to film, often come across as being watered down to suit Hollywood’s mass-market.. much to the displeasure of true fans and followers.

Others find satisfaction in Hollywood spending big bucks on remaking classic favorites. But, as we all know, the results aren’t always inspiring or satisfying.

What has been your best/worst movie remake, adaptation or old-skool story?

Do you think Hollywood has done a good job over the last decade?

What classic story would you like to see made into a film?

Leave us your comments below!