Friday, July 6, 2012
12:00 AM | Posted by Michelle | Edit Post
Remakes or Redos. You know them. How many times do we have to see a remake of Superman or Spiderman or the Incredible Hulk? My husband personally wants to know the answer to this in regards to Pride and Prejudice (eventhough the BBC miniseries with Colin Firth is the best in my opinion). How many different versions of CSI or Law and Order or NCIS do we really need? Then you have the copy cat shows that originated in England and are remade in the states - The Office, Antique Roadshow, the X Factor. Does no one have an original thought in their body or is imagination dead?
If you watch classic movies you know what I mean. Have you seen the original version of The Women? It is a classic and an amazing movie. There are no men in it. EVER!!!! They are mentioned or alluded to. It is about lies and affairs and how women interact with each other. It is an amazing movie and one of my favourites to watch on TMC. I was excited to see the new version with Meg Ryan and Debra Messing. I finally caught it on W network and had to shut it off. It was bad and didn't have the intent of the orginal. I should have known. If I ever hear of Gone with the Wind being remade, I think I will start an Occupy Hollywood for the grievous remakes they have made.
I also have a problem with this when tv shows from 20 years ago are made into movies. 21 Jump Street comes to mind. No I will admit I have not seen the movie. I lived the tv show. I watched it from the pilot to completion. I know about Johnny Depp and then Richard Greico. I personally favoured Peter Deluise. I was in a group talking about the movie and said I couldn't watch the movie because of the tv show. One of the women didn't know it was a tv show. She didn't even know that Johnny Depp was in it. WHAT are you kidding me? Again another sign I'm getting older.
It's the same with music. With very few exceptions do I like the remake rather than the original (Whitny's version of "I will always love you" is much better than Dolly's). I know imitation is a form of flattery and I know many symphonies play Beetoven or Mozart. However, when all you hear on the radio is some redo or remix of a song made popular 20 years ago and the younger generation doesn't know what you mean or even know the original, that's when I have a problem.
My daughter is learning this. The song "Blackbird" by the Beatles is one of her favourite songs. However, she has only heard the version by the King Singers. Today she heard Sarah Maclachlan's version for "I am Sam". She sang along but at the end said the King Singers version was better. I wonder what she would think of the original. I'll have to play it for her tomorrow.
Which version do you think is better?
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