April 1st, 2011
Some movies have been sequeled to death and some remakes are insults to the original movie. The first Jaws movie scared me silly but I thought the sequels were kind of lame. Sylvester Stallone was fantastic in Rocky and Rambo but less so in their successors. The worst are sequels or remakes of movies that weren’t that great to begin with. I’m thinking American Pie 2.
The remake I’m waiting for is the Wizard of Oz. I have watched this movie more times than I can count and I know the remake could be even better. The movie is based on a novel that was published in 1900 and a smart group of writers could certainly come up with some modernizations of the language and plot.
The movie is largely fantasy so of course costumes and special effects are a main consideration. The advances in computer animation and production technique alone would have a dramatic effect on the original 1939 version. In the original film the lion character was obviously a man in a cheesy costume. With today’s technology a real lion could be used and the same can be said for the tin man and the scarecrow. I nominate Katy Perry as the perfect Dorothy.