Coming up with my favorite and least favorite remakes was tough for me. There's so many to choose from. Here we go!
BEST Hollywood Remake: True Grit
The 2010 version is a much better film than the 1969 one. The only thing going for the original is John Wayne. There is NO replacing John Wayne. However, Jeff Bridges as the aging and grumpy US Marshal Reuben Cogburn is a better actor. The Cohen Brothers did an amazing job, especially with capturing the historical time period.
For me, the biggest difference is the actress portraying 14 year old Mattie. The 1969 version was okay. I can't remember the name of the girl that played her. But in the 2010 version, Hailee Steinfeld does an extraordinary job as the desperate teenager who hired Cogburn to avenge her father's death. Matt Damon and Josh Brolin also shine in this great remake.
WORST Holly wood Remake: The Karate Kid
I am a child of the 80s, as you all know. And despite the notion that remaking such a classic was blasphemy, I gave the remake an honest try. In fact, I watched it again last week with the kids just to make sure I hated it. Result:
I freaking HATE this damn remake.
The title is : KARATE Kid. But the remake takes place in China. And it's all about Kung Fu. As a martial artist, it's appalling to mush karate and kung fu. Please. That's like saying Irish stout and German lager is the same. They're not. In the original, Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel Okinawan karate. Hence the title.
In the remake, Dre (played by Jaden Smith), moves to China. And he's a tweener. And his mom lets his 12/13 yr old son walk the streets of China by himself? Yeah right. Daniel moved from NY to Reseda, California - and man, he just seemed so out of his element. Crazy, right? The original did a much better job of making the main character feel out of place in a strange new environment.
Dre is doing all kinds of crazy flips and stunts. Look - these look cool in movies, but if you ever pull a flip in the air, I'm going to roundhouse kick your balls off. Stupid. In the original, you KNEW Daniel would get his ass kicked by any of the dudes he beat in the tournament. He had that vulnerability. They made Dre a kung fu master after a couple months of training.
Finally, Johnny was a much better bully than that little Chinese boy who just glowered and frowned all the time.
BONUS: Best/Worst Song Remake!
Best: Whitney Houston covering Dolly Parton's, "I Will Always Love You." Song still gives me goosebumps.
Worst: George Michael covering Bonnie Raitt's, "I Can't Make You Love me." Why or why???
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