Have All the Ideas Run Out? The Wolfman, The Crazies…
I went to the cinema the other day to see the remake of ‘The Wolfman’. It was very disappointing. Predictable and boring for the most part (though I did think the transformation scenes weren’t bad, as you’d expect with modern technology). Thing is, it was never really a good idea, was it? Back in the day, it was a fresh idea. Now it’s just a cliche.
All the trailers before the film were for remakes. A remake of the 1973 film ‘The Crazies’ – I haven’t seen the original, but I knew of it. I’m going to watch the remake when it comes out, though I have a feeling its going to be one of those films where the trailer is the best part. And a remake of ‘Clash of the Titans’ is coming out soon, too. I loved the original.That stop-start animation had such a freaky quality to it. Much scarier than CGI realism in my opinion.
I don’t see the point in remaking films. I really don’t. I’m trying to think of a remake that’s better than the original. Perhaps my brain is a bit too tired at the moment to think. Or perhaps there just aren’t (m)any.
I wish the film industry would stop taking a film and shoving a load of new effects into it. I wish they would stop focusing on special effects, and start thinking up some new ideas.
Because, as with creative writing, you can have all the fancy effects you like, but it’s the story that’s the core of it. Without the story, everything else falls flat.