Are movie remakes worth watching?

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Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells

Recently there has been an addition to the Harry Potter universe with the film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
This movie is considered a prequel to the Harry Potter films and honestly, when the movie was announced, I let out a great sigh of annoyance.

I feel my frustration is valid because this is the age of prequels, reboots, and remakes. Let’s all come to the agreement that not much mainstream entertainment is original. Who asked for another Independence Day? Do you truly believe Jurassic World was a good idea? And a Blair Witch Project sequel was not needed in the least bit. I truly believe that not a single person wanted to see the characters from Monsters Inc. go to college. It’s understood that these companies are just cashing in on our nostalgia. So, yes, as a die hard Harry Potter fan I was very frustrated when this film hit theaters. What is wrong with leaving something in the past, especially when it ended so well? Are these remakes truly the worst things ever or are they just done in bad taste?

Even though Harry Potter ended well, there is so much to expand on in that universe. This is why the recent movie focusing on the wolrd of Harry Potter did really well in theaters. When it comes to remakes, it can be done in a different way and become more modern with the times. Honestly, when a modern spin is put onto an old film, it can actually be a really entertaining film. For instance, last year’s Rocky reboot, Creed. It was a wonderful film and possibly one of my favorite movies of the year. The year before, Robocop was remade and it was done really well in my opinion. The entertainment world is something that can continuously be expanded on.

These movies become our escape and sometimes we are left wondering, what’s next? As an audience we fall in love with the characters and the story. Whether the story is magic, sci-fi, or simply a film about everyday life, we like knowing what is going to happen next, and entertainment companies realize what we as an audience want to see. So, next time a reboot or remake is announced, attempt to not roll your eyes. Give the film a chance because it is being told from a different perspective and in a different time period. And whether or not these films are Oscar-worthy, in the end they are a chance to escape reality for a short period of time and be entertained by your favorite characters.

Author: The Bells Staff

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