Ralph’s Reviews: Movie Remakes Disastrously imitated never duplicated

With the news that a ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ movie remake will be produced in the near future, that got me thinking about some classic great original movies that should never be remade. ‘The Karate Kid’, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’, ‘Ghostbusters’, and ‘White Men Can’t Jump’, are among a long list of classic original films that should be left alone in their glory and never remade. The list of great classic original movies goes on and on, I could list more, but it would take too long. The point is, there are really good classic original movies available out there that can be watched anytime you want. It is unnecessary to have remakes of really good films.

The biggest problem I have with movie remakes is they are never as good as the original. No matter how you want to slice it, or spin it, that is just how it is in my opinion. The most recent movie remake flop was the ‘Ghostbusters’ remake which severely under-performed at the box office in 2016. The all female cast of the remake of ‘Ghostbusters’ failed to live up in comparison to the original 1980’s ‘Ghostbusters’ film. Yet, as many movie remakes that have continued to fail, Hollywood feels the need to keep producing them.

There are several reasons why movie remakes just are not very good, reasons include, the message of the film, the cast, the dynamic chemistry of the charethors of the film, and the list goes on from there. Even if you could get the original cast back together to try and recreate the magic of the original film, it would not work because it is hard to produce the same thing twice and it be good quality. It would be poor quality a second time. Jerry Seinfeld was smart in not doing television again after his hit comedy series ‘Seinfeld’ went off the air in 1998 after 9 seasons. He said he would never do television again because he knew that he would not be able to do anything on television again that was better than ‘Seinfeld. The same thing applies to movies. It is very rare to create a remake better than the original.

The 1992 ‘White Men Can’t Jump movie’ was so good, that it is insane to think about a remake that could never recreate the acting and characters of the film. The quality of the remake would fail in comparison to the original film which starred Woody Harrison and Wesley Snipes. Blake Griffin’s production company would like to feature NBA stars in the remake. A remake is an attempt to tarnish the original film in my opinion and I for one will not even consider having anything to do with a movie remake of ‘White Men Can’t Jump’.