Here are a couple of classics that still stand the test of time and should have stayed original.
Ocean's 11. Yes I know the remake had George Clooney in it. I know Brad Pitt is cute but this movie can not hold a candle to the Rat Pack' version. Hello-Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin? Are you kidding me? Okay, fine, I'll come off my soap box for a minute and fill you in on the movie. The story centers around 11 old WWII buddies that plan to rob all of the casinos in Vegas. They have a master plan but of course something goes a little wrong. There is some mighty fine singing in this movie (I didn't see Brad or George do that!) and I love the stories of the guys filming during the day and doing shows on the strip at night. Nothing but class baby, nothing but class
Another travesty is King Kong. This one has been done several times and each time, it keeps getting worse and worse. The 2005 remake was so awful, I wanted to kick my own butt for even thinking of seeing it. There is something enduring, tragic and bottom line, just sad about the 1933 classic. Plus Fay Wray was adorable! The story is simple, girl meets ape, ape falls in love with girl, ape is exploited, gets mad, climbs Empire State Building and then dies. Sorry to ruin it for you but if you didn't know that by now,well,....we'll talk after class.
Psycho is another one that should just stay dead. Hitchcock is brillant. Gus Van Sant-eh, okay, not great but not bad either. To make the movie word for word and scene for scene with Vince Vaughn seemed like a good idea but it's not, not at all! Anthony Perkins was Norman Bates. He was creepy and shy and you really felt for the guy. Vince (and don't get me wrong, I usually love him) was a cheap imitation.
Planet of the Apes-not even going to say a word. I would have to sensor myself.
Other originals that you should see and stay FAR AND CLEAR of the remakes
Thomas Crown Affair
Around the World in Eighty Days
The Preacher's Wife
Oh my goodness! I could go on and on and on but I think you get the message here. Don't remake a classic that is perfect in every way. Hollywood-let us have our memories-think up original ideas. Whew! End of rant-slowly climbing off soapbox. Wait, what was that? They are making movies out of old TV shows and comic books. Oh No! I feel another tangent coming on! I better leave before I really get started! Until Next Week Moviegoers.