Top 5 Best Remakes by Sam

It is becoming more and more common these days in the cinema world, for a director or producer to undertake the task of bringing a film of the past back to life by remaking it into a new movie. It is often assumed that a remake should add something to the original, which should warrant the remake to actually be made. I mean – lets face it, what’s the point of remaking a film if it’s going to be worse than the original? Sadly though, it is a common tale. Producers are far too often looking for something that is simply going to bring them money, and are dismissing the fact that people want a good film that lives up to the standard the original set. Despite the fact there are a lot of remakes worse than the original, I have decided to put together a list of what I think to be the top 5 best remakes. Have a read.

5. King Kong (2005)

Directed by Peter Jackson

Fresh of the success wagon that was The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Peter Jackson set his mind to making one of his all time favourite films, King Kong. Originally, King Kong was a 1933 classic, with technology seeing the Kong being animated in the Claymation style. But Jackson re-envisioned King Kong in a unique and visually captivating way, and in my opinion, did justice to the 1933 black and white epic.

4. The Italian Job (2003)

Directed by F. Gary Gary

Like many of the films on this list, I was unaware that The Italian Job was a remake when I first watched it. Nonetheless, I thought this was an immensely entertaining film, and had a decent structure, great characters and I saw it was a film worthy of remaking the 1969 original.

3. Ocean’s 11 (2001)

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Ocean’s 11 was a brilliant remake of the 1960 Rat Pack movie. It’s a comedy-crime film with a star-studded cast, such as the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts just to name a few. Normally, a film with so many famous people in the cast is not that likeable at all – but Ocean’s 11 is a great film, and certainly worthy of being a remake. Whether we can say the same about its sequels, well that’s a question not for here.

2. Casino Royale (2006)

Directed by Martin Campbell

Technically, this is not a remake, or at least what is normally expected to be a remake. The original Casino Royale, made in 1966, was actually a comedic satire of the James Bond novels, and is considered to be “outside” of the Bond franchise. Despite this, both films take their titles from Ian Fleming’s novel, and so I am considering Casino Royale to be a remake. A suitable adaptation of Casino Royale wasn’t made with the 1966 comedy, so the producers remade the film with the 2006 version. There, that makes sense – doesn’t it? Anyway, it comes at number 2 on the list.

1. The Departed (2006)

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Without a doubt, The Departed is one of the best films of the Naughties, let alone the greatest remake the cinema world has to offer us (so far). I know a lot of you may not have even known that The Departed is a remake, and do not fear, it was a while till I myself found out this very piece of information. It’s actually a remake of the 2002 foreign film, Infernal Affairs. Apparently the film is a great watch in its own right, but I am yet to see it, and all I know is that The Departed is a brilliant movie, definitely worthy of making it to the top position on the best remakes list.

So then, have at it. What are your top remakes? What are a couple of films you think were worthy of taking the content of an older film, and re-envisioning it into a new movie? Discuss below.

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2 Comments on “Top 5 Best Remakes by Sam”

  1. Con G Says:

    Internal Affairs is brilliant. Personally I think it’s better than The Daparted, but apparently I’m a broken human being with backward opinions.

  2. Ben Says:

    What about Christopher Nolan’s remake of the Norwegian film insomnia?

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