There are just some movies that can never be replicated, or never should have (think Psycho). Then there are those that manage to take a beloved movie and make it better. Here are our picks for some re-makes that are worth watching over and over again:
Put Bobby De Niro in any movie and you have a instant hit. This Martin Scorsese master piece puts Bobby as the bad guy, going after the man who had locked up and his family. Eerily suspense filled, this 1991 film put Juliette Lewis on the star map as Nick Nolte’s daughter and the target of DeNiro’s terror. What makes it even better is the cameo appearances of Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck, who had starred in the original. We love when they do that!
Down and Out in Beverly Hills
Another remake with Nick Nolte in the lead (what happened to him anyway?), this is a remake of Boudu Saved From Drowning. Combing the dry humor of Nolte against the vivacious Bette Midler and understated Richard Dreyfuss was casting genius. This is a hilarious movie that can be watched over and over just for the scenes with Little Richard.
It would seem impossible to remake a brat pack packed flick that had all the greats of the ‘60’s pulling off the heist of a lifetime. Yet not only did Steven Soderbergh pull it off, he made a franchise out of the deal, with not one, but two sequels. Both surprisingly as good as the first. The cast is fantastic with too many stars to name and the soundtrack perfect. This is a class act movie that makes you laugh, cling to your seat and end up scratching your head wondering how the hell they just did that.
Not many people even realize that this is a remake, it is that good. If you have never seen Al Pacino as Scarface, put the kids to bed early with earplugs and get ready for a very bloody and very exciting ride. This classic movie about the rise and (big) fall of Cuban drug lord Tony Montana in Florida is one of those movies that will never leave you. In fact, I bet you’ll be heard telling the kids in the morning, “Say hello to my little friend”.
The worlds most famous outlaw has made so many movie appearances that it is hard to keep track. The latest, in 2010, is a standout with Russell Crowe taking the lead. The only key element missing from this version was the infamous archery match where traditionally Robin shows up in disguise, pulls back his bow, and shoots his arrow for a perfect bulls eye. This is where he wins the money and the heart of the maiden Mary. Other than that obvious non-inclusion in the 2010 version (maybe they hadn’t checked out the latest and greatest over at http://www.fastflightarchery.com yet?), the story telling and imagery make this a remake worth making popcorn for.
For some, the first is always the best. Yet there are those times when a strong cast and great videography can make what was already good, even better.