You grow up loving certain movies, especially us children of the 80’s. The age of the terrible, campy, bad effects movies. Sadly the age we live in, has become all about the huge CGI effects, the stories aren’t important anymore, and more to the point….there are very few original stories being put out anymore. Movie studios want a solid fan base, it’s less of a risk that way. They remake movies so they have a built-in fans, before the movie even opens.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has expressed a desire to remake Little Shop of Horrors!!! I’m sorry, Joseph but no one can replace the brilliance of Rick Moranis as Seymore….or Ellen Greene as Audrey, Steve Martin as Orin the crazy dentist, or Bill Murray the masochistic patient!!! None of this chemistry can be recreated, and why would anyone want to?!?!
Anyone who knows me, knows I am not a fan of remakes in general. In fact I hate them, with a fiery passion. In this case, as in a few others I think it’s a tragedy for an already suffering film industry. Rumor has it that Zooey Deschanel will be his costar. ARE YOU FRACKING KIDDING ME?!?!? It’s bad enough the untalented twit thinks she can sing, and actually has a band, but now she’s going to be taking the role that Ellen Greene blew out of the water?!?!?!?! Her flimsy little voice can never even come close to the awesomeness that is Ellen Greene.
Now I know what you’re going to say….technically the 1986 version was a remake, BUT it’s kind of like the musical remake of Mame…they are separate entities. The original version based on “Green Thoughts” by John Collier came out in 1960, and had a young Jack Nicholson in it. It was not a musical, and used the original intended ending, as did the 1982 musical, in which the whole cast dies, and Audrey II has babies. The ending in the 1986 movie version changed the ending to a happy one after negative audience response.
Is it too much to ask that we get some ORIGINAL material in movies?!?!? Oh no, we don’t want the writers the movie studios employ to strain their brains too much!! The atrocious version of Footloose that came out recently is proof, as is the recent remake of Dark Shadows. What is wrong with the original versions of these??