Movies: Old and New

With upcoming remakes of classic 80’s and 90’s movies, like Ghostbusters, Dirty Dancing, and The Blob, the ultimate question has been raised: which are better, classics or remakes?

Though some remakes, like The Parent Trap or Hairspray, have been able to capture the pizzaz and magic of the originals, some just haven’t. For example, the recent remake of Point Break, originally made in 1991, has received some horrid reviews and has left fans of the original movie quite ticked off, which is the exact opposite reaction most movie makers look for when remaking a movie.

The staff of the Northeastern even joined in on the critique, sharing their least and most favorite movie remakes. For their least favorite remakes, they mentioned Romeo and Juliet (2013), The Karate Kid (2010), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Star Wars (1997), Godzilla (2014), and Black Beauty (2015). For their most favorites, however, they mentioned Pan (2015), the upcoming live action remake The Jungle Book (2016), Alice In Wonderland (2010), The Longest Yard (2005), The Parent Trap (1998), Maleficent (2014), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), and The Karate Kid (2010).

For movies, the next few years will be big with remakes such as Ghostbusters (2016), The Blob (2016), Cabin Fever (2016), The Conjuring 2 (2016), Dirty Dancing (2017), The Mummy (2017), the live action remake of Beauty and The Beast (2017), and the live action remake of Mulan (2017/2018). Some upcoming remakes with unknown release dates are Strangers On A Train, a live action remake Sister Act, The Grudge, The Fugitive, and It.

Perhaps one of the most controversial remakes hitting movie theaters this year will be the Ghostbusters remake. Starring Melissa Mccarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, it will be an all female ghostbusting team with a cameo from Bill Murray, one of the original ghostbusters from the 1984 movie. Plenty fans of the original are angered about the, as some call it, unnecessary remake of a classic.

Along with the remakes, there will be just as many sequels and continuations of beloved movies, this year, such as Finding Dory, Kung Fu Panda 3, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, Rings, Avatar 2, and Red 3.

As for 2017, it will be a big year for movie-goers with movies like Amityville: The Awakening, John Wick: Chapter 2, Wolverine 3, The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Kong: Skull Island, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Fast 8, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies, Annabelle 2, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Avatar 3, Bad Boys III, The Nut Job II, Transformers 5, The Divergent Series: Ascendant, Despicable Me 3, Pitch Perfect 3, Creed 2, Star Wars: Episode VIII, and The Croods 2.

The first sequel of the year 2018 will be Gnomeo and Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes. From then on there will be Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, The Lego Movie 2, Star Wars: Han Solo, The summer of 2018 will bring Godzilla 2, Toy Story 4, Jurassic World 2, How to Train Your Dragon 3, and Ant Man and The Wasp. Finishing out the year will be Hotel Transylvania 3, and Jungle Book: Origins.

Some of the most anticipated movie continuations, though, will be the next three sequels in the Avatar franchise. James Cameron, the maker of Avatar (2009), one of the highest grossing films in history, with over a $2.7 billion worldwide revenue and a legendary return to theaters in 2010 as a special edition version, has recently, at the latest CinemaCon, announced the release dates of the next three sequels in the Avatar franchise. The three Avatar sequels are simultaneously in production as, reportedly, the scripts for all three movies have been completed. The Avatar 2 release is believed to be set for December of this year, though some contradictory sources have it set for December of 2018 instead of 2016, with the last two movies following the same pattern of a Christmas day release.

As for the ultimate question, in the end, it’s all subjective. Whether a remake or a classic, a good movie will capture our attention and steal our hearts; a good movie will be remembered forever.