A Good Story is A Good Story, Even if You Don’t Like Remakes

I have a love/hate relationship with remakes. Some are good and some are well, not so good. I believe it depends on the story itself.

A good story can carry almost any remake, if you have three key elements: great writing, great actors and a good story.

I watched the 2005 remake of King Kong today. Is it really 187 minutes long? Oh but what a cinematic adventure of a masterpiece it was! The scene where Kong fights the three T-Rex’s alone was worth the ticket price. You just can’t take your eyes off the screen!

Here is the blurb from IMDB.com:

“In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.”

Now that’s a story!

Unfortunately, half way into the movie, I remember with a smack in the head by a jar of chloroform why I hate this movie. It makes me cry every time. The 1933 version doesn’t. The 1976 version doesn’t.

The 2005 version just rips my heart out. Could it be the advanced special effects? The cinematic beauty? Naomi Watts’ big, love filled glassy eyes? I don’t know but damn I love that Kong.

As far as stories go, the good ones and I mean the really good ones always leave their mark, their calling card, that last word that sums up the entire story.

Police Lieutenant: Well, Denham, the airplanes got him.

Carl Denham: Oh no, it wasn’t the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.

Fade to Kleenex…

6 thoughts on “A Good Story is A Good Story, Even if You Don’t Like Remakes

      • Well, I’m not so sure about that but when you boil them down to the very basic elements, I suppose you’re right. Boy meets girl etc. Maybe boy meets boy? Maybe beast meets girl? It’s all love, loss and all that falls in between. But what do I know? 😉

  1. There are some films that are timeless, but are the next generation really going to pick up a copy of a 1976 King Kong movie? Some films just need to be re-made… Wouldn’t surprise me if we saw 30 years down the line a re-made lord of the rings. A story isn’t a story without love or loss because it’s two things human kind will never truly understand

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