Remakes We’re Glad Exist
1. FREAKY FRIDAY (2003)
Remake of: Freaky Friday (1976)
While both films are themselves remakes of the 1972 novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers, viewers are more familiar with the more recent one, starring then Disney sweetheart Lindsay Lohan as it has become an iconic film especially to us Millenials who have truly watched over and over again, whether we chose to or not (it's still a favorite reruns by tons of channels!)
3. 21 JUMP STREET (2012)
Remake of: 21 Jump Street (1987-1991)
Hey, there are no rules in remaking, so if someone wants to reprise a TV series as a film, let him! Especially if it's a police-comedy one starring a very young Johnny Depp who is hired to spy and report on high school crime by being a student! And especially too, if the remake's going to star Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Suffice to say, the remake does not disappoint.
4. LET ME IN (2010)
Remake of: Let the Right One In (2008)
Let the Right One In is a Swedish film that is embraced by critics and audience alike--so of course, there had to be an English accessible version, right? A remake could easily have been sloppy and disappointing (see photo of Tina Fey above) but this one isn't and it is further more, a large critical success.
Remakes That Just Shouldn’t
1. GODZILLA (2014)
Godzilla (1954), Godzilla (1998), and (so much) more
Godzilla isn't just a giant unidentifiable monster, it's a franchise. There are so many films starring this guy and the latest one, directed by Gareth Edwards didn't add much to an already well-known monster. I have one word for this film: unnecessary.
2. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (2005)
Remake of: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
While this remake stuck to the novel by Roald Dahl's original title, it didn't do much preserving in other areas like, say, the gayness of Dahl's story. Willy Wonka was colorful and spirited, and this one is, well, Tim Burton-y. Complete of course with Depp, Bonham-Carter, and bleak, bleak colors. But some people seem to prefer this over the super saturated colors of Willy Wonka so, I guess whatever floats your boat!
4. The AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2012)
Remake of: Spider-Man (2002-2007)
Who does a remake after 5 years? Oh, right. Hollywood. The reboot replaces trusty reliable Spider-Man with a newer, cockier one which is fine, I guess, but why? It's also darker and edgier but again, why? Also, am I the only who still has Toby Maguire still fresh in her mind as the Spider-Man (and Andrew Garfield as Eduardo?)
Remakes To Watch Out For
2. FANTASTIC FOUR (2015)
Remake of: Fantastic Four (2005)
When Marvel announced Phase 3 in their cinematic universe, I was a bit surprised that Fantastic Four was going to have a remake. I could practically remember watching the film on DVD with my parents, apparently 10 (Ten?!) years ago. The cast seems interesting, given that Miles Teller looks too young to be a master physicist, chemist, alien biologist, etc. But, I have faith in Marvel.
3. JURASSIC WORLD (2015)
Installment of: Jurassic Park (1993)
I was skeptical when I heard that another Jurassic film was being produced (haven't they already exhausted all possible content in it's four-film run?) but the trailer seems rad (rad?!? Have I suddenly transported to the 80s?) and it stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, so we have our fingers crossed for this one!
4. TERMINATOR GENISYS (2015)
Remake of: The Terminator (1984)
This movie is said to be a "reset" series, being a complete reboot of the original series with a prequel and a sequel. Honestly, I'm kind of excited for the movie just because Emilia Clarke (our Khaleesi) is going to be Sarah Connor. This remake is a hit or miss, especially with the hardcore fans out there ready to hate on it if it has a tiny slip-up.
Remakes That Should Happen
1. HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS (1982)
There are tons of rumors about this, but no is really sure. Whether it's because I've seen this about 8 to a hundred times on TV or it's just one of those genuinely entertaining movies, I'd personally like to see this remake.
2. GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
FIRST OF ALL, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray want this to happen. SECOND OF ALL, Dan wants the gut-busting Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow (responsible for the creation of cult-classic Freaks and Geeks and production of films like Bridesmaids and Anchorman) to handle the remake. THIRD AND BEST OF ALL, it is speculated that the Ghostbusters will be an all-female team, which might include comic genuises such as Emma Stone, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Mindy Kaling. Have you heard any news more awesome than this?!