“You have ruined my childhood!” This is an accusation you have probably heard of before, most often directed at remakes. And the degree of hostility behind this accusation can be quite surprising. If it ain’t broke don’t remake, is their motto. And yeah, sure, our childhood movies are very near and dear to our hearts, and we like to keep our image of them as it was back in our day. But could a remake really go as far as destroying the original? Or *gasp* your childhood? I don’t think so. Unless the remake comes dressed in black and holds a neuralyzer to your face, and erases all the memories of your childhood for the past 10 or 20 years. But if that isn’t the case, why not judge the remake as something separate from the original? Sometimes this can be tough, I know. Human psychological processes make us feel so strongly about things we love. And yes, I am well aware that there are and will be dreadful remakes. But it’s okay to get irked and annoyed when you watch a remake that is lazily done, and clearly does nothing but ride on the coat tails of nostalgia. But to say it ruined your childhood is a bit extreme don’t you think?
I however, have found myself having a more positive view of them. Remakes can be a shot of nostalgia, full of warm and fuzzy feelings at seeing characters you’ve grown up with, once more. And I guess, this is also the reason why Hollywood churns out a great deal of remakes and reboots. Because let’s be honest, we love to feel nostalgic, and no matter how much we complain about bad remakes, we go see them anyway, come screening time. Hence we have a bazillion Transformers and they will keep on coming. But really, we all deserve better, smarter storylines noh?
Also remakes can also be a way of introducing a person of this generation to something you love. I mean if the remake truly sucked and the person you introduced it to hated it, there is always the original. And if the person of this generation that you introduced the movie to, refuses to watch the original on account of the sucky remake, then it’s their loss. Grieve for a bit and then move on, and know in your movie-loving heart that the original, is solid and intact in your nearest video store, or Netflix, always waiting for you.