Back to the 80s: Is Hollywood Out of Ideas?

Back to the 80s: Is Hollywood Out of Ideas?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?

Image copyright Universal Studios.

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2 thoughts on “Back to the 80s: Is Hollywood Out of Ideas?

  1. I agree, Deb. The eighties were a great era and there are some things—like the movies—which I don’t want to change. I loved Romancing the Stone. It’s one of my favourite movies, and I reckon if they were to do a remake, it wouldn’t be as good. To suit modern audiences they’d probably fill it with gratuitous sex. Great for the teenage boys, but not necessarily everyone else! They’ve also done a remake of Clash of the Titans, which, although it had Sam Worthington in it, isn’t as good as the old one with Harry Hausen’s wonderful clay figurines. Ah, the days before CGI. It’s a classic of the era and I wish they wouldn’t mess with it.

    1. Hi Tima. I don’t understand why Hollywood do remakes at all, to be honest. Some movies were rubbish the first time, why revisit those? On the other hand, some were so good, it’s sacrilege to even contemplate remaking them. My favourite 80s movie is Aliens – Hollywood knows it would receive a backlash from the public if ever they were to consider doing a remake. Rather than do remakes, stick with 2, 3, etc. Audiences know they are getting something the same, but they also expect something quite different. Glad to hear I’m not the only one with such views! 🙂

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