Why the Remake?

It has come to my attention that many of the films being created are not original ideas anymore. The films that have originality are now seen and labelled as independent films that may be unable to endure the mainstream crowd of blockbusters, sequels and adaptations. In this case the films being created are either reboots of blockbusters, remakes of classics or sequels to beloved films. Audiences, Critics and Creators are getting frustrated with the wrong films, they are paying attention to the blockbusters and how wrong they are instead of focusing on independent films or films that have originality. The blockbusters will always be there, whether they are good or bad, audiences are apart of a brand and no amount of negativity will get them to change their views.


I have been inspired to write this post by the remake of Ben-Hur. This film directed by William Wyler, who is a complete visionary in 1959 was instantly labelled as a classic. It was labelled as an epic because it was an epic in every single way you could categorize an epic. You had one of the biggest stars in Charlton Heston and a powerful story. In 1960 Ben-Hur swept, this film swept the Academy Awards and won Best Picture. If Ben-Hur did all this and is categorized as a classic, why would anyone even think to remake it? Ben-Hur was not a blockbuster in 1959, it was not only about an epic chariot race there was more to the story than that. They reduced an epic that William Wyler created into a summer BlockBust. This is my problem with Remakes of Classics, they are classics for a reason. Do not touch them at all. Leave them alone. There is absolutely no way anyone can recapture these epics in all their glory because it was done in a period where they did not rely on technology to enhance the storyline at all. There was an uproar for Ghostbusters because it was being rebooted with an all female cast but the real crime here is remaking a classic.  I can’t stress enough that these films were made so differently, they were structured as two acts with an intermission in the middle and they felt the need to tell this story. Ben-Hur is one film that has been watched repeatedly, it is one of the few like The Ten Commandments and The King of Kings that are actually shown on specific holidays. This remake of Ben-Hur is a horrible way to honour a film of this calibre, an Oscar winning film.





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