Thursday, 3 July 2008

Remakes confuse me...

I try not to rant about remakes too much. Everyone knows they happen, everyone knows they're usually pointless and bad, but every now and again one comes along that really confuses me:

Okay, so Bad Lieutenant is one of those love-it or hate-it films that a fair few people are divided on, but whatever you think about it the fact that Harvey Keitel delivers one of the best performances ever can't be argued. Why would you want to try and recreate that? Also, it's not even like it's a high concept idea - why not just make a film called Messed Up Cop or something and steal the ideas. I'd watch it and probably say it was a great homage to Bad Lieutenant. So on first reading this news I was quite annoyed at the pointlessness of it all.

Then I find out Werner Herzog's directing it. What? Crazy! Now I want to see it, hence the confusion.


Anonymous said...

I saw this today and thought exactly the same! Especially as the original only came out in 1992 (probably too new for the BBC).

gerdarcy said...

Ah, but get this folks. . .
David Cronengberg is directing and producing an Opera of. . . The Fly!
Playing from the 2nd July in Paris until it transfers to LA in September.
Personally, I'm quite tempted to go and see it in Paris, if you're going to remake something really properly remake it.
Brundel Fly,Brundel Fly/ my love for you shall not die.

nuff said.