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I was always told to be a leader, not a follower. Truth be told, I am a follower. We are all followers. We all say that we are originators, we all say that we are trend-setters, but the truth is that whatever we think is new, someone already have done before. Like the old saying goes, there is nothing new under the sun. And this quote especially goes to Hollywood. One thing that they are infamous for is remakes. In fact this year alone, I can honestly say I only saw a handful of original stories that have been made. Some, I can honestly say were good, some I can say ARE YOU SERIOUS, and others I dont even know why they would mess with the original. These are my top twenty best remakes I have ever seen. There are some that has the actor twice in the movie, there are some that you might not agree with, but this is my bias opinion. You don’t like it, grab a tissue.
Top twenty of my all-time favorite remakes:
20. Nightmare on Elm Street:
Samuel Bayer brought back one of my favorite characters in 2010, Freddy Kruger. And he did somewhat of a fair job of not only following the story line, but also keeping it to the original plot while making it modern for us in the time we live today. The main problem I have with this movie is the fact that he didn’t have Robert England in it. I don’t mean to type cast, but Robert England is Freddy Kruger, Freddy Kruger is Robert England. You need that laugh, you need his terrifying words. Once you heard his laugh, all you needed to answer was where the hell is my red bull? WAKE ME UP DAMMIT!
19. The Wiz:
I am not a big fan of musicals, but this is one of my all time favorite musical, with one of my favorite songs, no bad news.
18. The Taking of Pelham 123:
Tony Scott did a tremendous job of casting two superstar actors, John Travolta and Denzel Washington in this thriller that was orginally created in 1974. Putting the two actors on opposite sides having them feed off each other was nothing but pure genius. Not to mention, John Travolta is one of the few actors who I can honestly say, he knows how to make being a criminal look good.
17. How to Make a Monster:
Being a gamer that I am, I had to check out this movie and it was very good. It’s one of those movies where you watch late night, when nothing else is on, but for a cult film, it was very good and the acting was surprisingly good as well.
16. The Beverly Hillbillies:
Now for me, to like this movie was nothing but surprising. I did not like the original show and I am not a fan of Jim Varney, Rob Schneider, or Diedrich Bader, but they made the movie worth checking out. It is not one of those movies where you would run to the theaters to go see, but it worth renting the movie from redbox.
15. Four Brothers:
Honestly, I did not know this was a remake until I saw it on the list. This is a great film of revenge. The actor that surprised me the most was Andre 3000 because you are used to him wearing something eccentric and acting crazy, especially with his music, but he brings a powerful performance in this movie, feeding off of Mark Wahlberg and Tyrese Gibson.
14. The Parent Trap:
The movie that put Lindsay Lohan on the map. Once again, they followed the original plot and made a nice comedic family movie for kids. But unfortunately now, we have to say to our kids, kids, do not grow up to be Lindsay Lohan. Remember, just say no.
13. Gone in Sixty Seconds:
12. Mr. Deeds:
11. The In-Laws:
10. Dawn of the Dead:
This is my type of movie. A shoot ‘em up, bang, ask no questions, just keep reloading type of movie. And what made it so good was the ending. Not the part where they escape on the boat, but when they feel that they had escaped the zombies, just to go to an island to be killed by the zombie they tried to get away from. And the song at the ending was the right touch to end it.
9. The Ring:
8. The Nutty Professor:
I’m not a big fan of remakes where the original character is one race and the other is another race, but Eddie Murphy did a great job in this movie making it ten times better than the original. I bet he had everybody checking their drinks to see if they would change to Buddy Love.
7. The Mummy:
6. The Day the Earth Stood Still:
One of the biggest classics and yet Scott Derickson was able to make it a great movie. There aren’t many who can make a classic still as good as the original, but Keeanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, and Kathy Bates have made it better than the original.
To my surprise that this was one, a remake, but two, critics said that this was one of the worst movies ever remade. Me personally, I don’t know what the hell they were talking about because Taxi was one of the best comedies that I have ever seen. The combination of Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah was absolutely hysterical. I dare anybody to watch this movie and not laugh their butts off.
4. The Karate Kid:
Jayden Smith returns to the list again with the remake of The Karate Kid. Like many, I was skeptical because I like the original when I was young and I thought that they was going to mess it up, but they have done a tremendous job on making this remake great. Even though, it did not follow the original settings and changed many aspects of the original plot, the original storyline was there. And it was genius making the setting differ for a child who is coming of age adapt to an environment where many find him as an outcast. Jayden Smith showed that many can have the will to go through diversity in a different country with different aspects of life that many in the United States are not accustom to. Jackie Chan also plays a great role as his teacher, showing that he can be more than an action and a comedic star. And one of my favorite lines in the movie is, where I find myself telling myself when I work, your focus need focus.
3. Ocean Eleven:
With an all-star cast, many wouldn’t think that they could pull off a classic like this, but Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and others have done it very well. Not only did they leave everything that was in the original, but it has brought it to this new day of age. The all-star cast has made it the movie it is. Even though they threw Julia Roberts in the mix, they used her as the extra boost that made the movie great. My favorite scene was the telephone call between Brad Pitt and Andy Garcia at the end where Andy’s character Terry asked, “All right. Now I have complied with your every request, would you agree?” And Brad Pitt said Yes, and then he continues with, “Good, ’cause now I have one of my own. Run and hid… Run and hide. If you should be picked up next week buying a hundred-thousand dollar sports car in Newport Beach, I am going to be supremely disappointed. Because I want my people to find you, and when they do, rest assured we are not going to hand you over to the police. So my advice to you again is this: run and hide. That is all that I ask”.
2. Fast and Furious:
The movie that introduced us to Vin Diesel. This movie had been remade so many times since the year 1915, I think they had to get it right one time, and they did with this one. This is a franchise that has been great from beginning to end. And the fact that it wasn’t your typical cliché ending made it more great. Now this is an ingenuous franchise because I can honestly say that for all five films of the series, I cannot say that there was one that I would not watch again. And in the movie, Vin diesel delivers a line that the loser always hears, no matter if it’s by a inch or a mile, winning is winning.
I know, typical cliché for a man, but this is, in my opinion, one of the best ever made, let alone ever remade. But the way I see it, if you have a movie that was made in 1983, and people still talk about it today as if it was in theaters, you don’t have a film, you don’t have a movie, you have a classic. Two, when people who are interviewed during that time period says on television that that movie is as realistic and symbolized that era in time, then once again, you have a classic. And last but not least, I have yet to meet, seen on then once again, you have a classic. And last but not least, I constantly meet, see on television, or hear on a radio folks does not try to imitate Tony Montana. That shows that he is still the iconic character today as he was in the eighties. There is not a line in that film that people today do not say or try to imitate on a regular basis. Two of my favorite lines are, “I only have my balls… and my words… and I won’t break them for nobody” man. And of course, “YOU WANNA PLAY ROUGH?!? OK… SAY HELLO TO ME LITTLE FRIEND!”
These are my favorite remakes. Some may disagree, some may not, but like I said, this is my bias opinion
BIO: BT is a contributor for JarvisCity