Later this month, a Godzilla reboot will be released. Godzilla's my main monster, so of course I'm going to see it. And yes, I did see the 1998 reboot. Oddly enough, I didn't hate it, but I can't say I loved it. However, I was happy to see the Big G turn Madison Square Garden into a nest from which a lot of little Godzillas would emerge. That Godzilla looked a little too buff. Maybe he was there looking for Vince McMahon, hoping to land a WWE contract!
Word has it there have been comments on message boards about Godzilla's, uh, chubbiness in the 2014 version. Japanese commenters have suggested Godzilla is too fat, insinuating this came from a diet of eating only Americans. Personally, I think the big guy looks just fine.
I'm good with a Godzilla reboot. In fact, there are a number of movies I'd like to see remade. Fantastic Voyage (1966) is one film I think could benefit greatly from today's film technology, CGI, etc. The film, about a team of doctors reduced to microscopic size and injected into the bloodstream of a dying scientist to save his life, could be even more fantastic in the hands of modern filmmakers. When World Collide is another one that could be a better film remade today. Though the 1951 original won an Oscar for special effects, the visual image of the new world was pretty cheesy. The seats in the spaceship looked suspiciously like lawn chairs. The image of the Earth being destroyed was sufficiently terrifying to give me nightmares, but even that has been done better in episodes of The Universe. (A remake has supposedly been in the works for years, but has yet to materialize.)
Of course, better special effects is no guarantee the remake will be an improvement over the original. As Exhibit A, I give you the reboot of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Better special effects, definitely, but too many changes to the story--and too much screen time for that bratty kid!
There's been talk of a Casablanca remake--are they serious? Does anyone really believe anything could be done to improve Casablanca? Come on! (Of course, I'm sure I'll get a lot of ridicule by admitting I like the Sabrina remake better than the original....)
So...what movies do you think should be remade? Which remakes do you consider a colossal mistake?
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