Hollywood Rebooted

Students have mixed feelings about different movies being remade.


     Movie remakes propose an opportunity to expose the younger population to a world that previous generations grew up watching. These upcoming movie remakes have been introduced to the public with hopes that they will bring in the profits that the originals did, but students have varied opinions about these remakes.

     “They’re only reasonable if they’re putting a new twist to them or updating them in a way different from the original,” senior Danielle Nicholson said.

     Other students have a different perspective regarding the adaptation of old movies.

     “I think that it’s amazing that they’re remaking these movies. I am very excited for them to come out,” freshman Meriam Meram said.

     One of the remakes coming out soon is “Jumanji.” The original film was released in December 1995. Sony Films is redoing the movie with director Jake Kasdan, starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillian and Jack Black. It is rumored that instead of going inside the board game, a group of kids get sucked into the video game version of “Jumanji.” Dwayne Johnson announced to the public that it is not a reboot of the original film but a “continuation of the awesome ‘Jumanji’ story.” The release date is July 28, 2017.

    “[The original] already relied very heavily on CGI and it had amazing actors in it,” Nicholson said. “I’m worried that when they remake it, it’ll be with really bland, awful actors, and it’ll be way too much CGI.”

    Another remake is “Beauty and the Beast.” The original was released in November of 1991. The new adaptation is coming out on March 17, 2017. The remake has the same plot, and the film is being directed by Bill Condon and produced by Walt Disney Motion Pictures. The remake stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston. It is a live action film rather than an animation.

     “People say that nothing can beat the original, which is true in a sense, but I do think that the remake will be better,” Meram said.

     “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which came out in 1975, was remade as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again.” The film was directed by Kenny Ortega, and stars Laverne Cox, Victoria Justice, Reeve Carney, Ryan McCartan and Tim Curry. The movie is characterized as a musical, thriller, horror and comedy.

     When asked if the remake was better or worse than the original film, junior Phoebe Krawczyk had mixed feelings.

     “I would say worse because they are changing a lot of the basic plot structure, but they are keeping the same songs, so it won’t be super bad,” Krawczyk said.