With the recent release of RoboCop; a movie from the 1980s that was so successful it spawned a franchise, it is startling to see how many more movies from the 1980s Hollywood is bringing back to life.
Personally, I loved the 80s; it was a fun time and looking back on that decade is a great piece of nostalgia.Yet, that’s exactly the point; is Hollywood really interested in being sentimental over that period in history, or has Hollywood simply run out of ideas? The thought of remaking some of these films either fill me with dread or shaking my head in disgust. Remakes such as Endless Love, Dirty Dancing (apologies to Patrick Swayze, may he rest in peace) and Romancing the Stone, make me question why? Sure the special effects in such films as The Terminator and Highlander may be dated when you watch them now, but there are some things better left alone. Remakes do not necessarily mean a better film.
Many of these films help define the decade and helped make it what it was. If we really wish to revisit them or see them for the first time, isn’t it best to see them in their original form? We do this with many older movies – such as black and whites, classics and the ‘golden age’ of Hollywood. The trouble with remakes usually means changing things to suit modern audiences, therefore changing what we loved about that film in the first place.
Okay, so maybe I’m being overly sentimental, but I believe that some things are better left the way they are; not only does it preserve a piece of cinematic history, it also captures the era itself.
Do you think Hollywood has run out of ideas? Do you prefer to watch original versions or the remakes? What is your favourite film from the 1980s? Are the 1980s a decade you’d rather not relive?
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