NOTE: I can’t believe I have been blogging for almost 10 years! I think the official 10-year date is sometime in 2017, and I found myself reading some older posts when I was searching through my site the other night. I ran across this well written post, telling dumb Hollywood executive to leave “The Goonies” alone, and decided to repost it. After reading the post, I still stand by every word I wrote six years ago.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JULY 26, 2009:
By now, you must have heard that Hollywood is remaking “The Karate Kid,” with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son). I say boooooooo! “The Karate Kid” is a classic movie with classic lines and one very hot Ralph Macchio … I know I’m not the only one who had a crush on him after seeing that movie. Sure, it’s been about 25 years since the movie was released, but I think Hollywood needs to wait another 25 years before messing with a classic. In fact, don’t mess with a classic period. Leave it alone!
I have no doubt that Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith are capable actors. Jaden was adorable in “The Pursuit Happyness,” with his father, Will Smith. And Jackie Chan is very much an established martial arts action star. Other than nostalgic fans not wanting to see a classic ruined, I see a major problem with the remake. Jaden is 11 years old. Ralph’s character was in high school. Teenage girls all over the world fell in love with the underdog. Who is going to fall in love with an 11-year-old kid?
Girls desperately wanted to be Elisabeth Shue’s character, the girl next door who ends up with the good guy at the end of the movie. Who wants to see a couple of 11 year olds kiss on the big screen? At the time, we rooted for Ralph and Elisabeth because we were in high school and wanted to live that story. For guys, they wanted to be the underdog who got to beat up with bad guys and get the girl in the end. For girls, they wanted to be the one that Ralph fell in love with. We wanted to tenderly kiss Ralph.
I know Hollywood has some good ideas. “Juno.” “When Harry Met Sally.” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” “The Cutting Edge.” “50 First Dates.” Those are just some of the good movies that I enjoyed. Was “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” a remake? I can’t remember. Anyway, Hollywood can rework classicc into newer classics. “You’ve Got Mail.” An adorable movie starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The first “Charlie’s Angels” movie. The first “Transformers” movie. Despite what others say. I think the “Mission: Impossible” movies were good.
And please stop ruining really good movies with sequels. Did the world really need “Cinderella 2” and “Cinderella 3”? And I love Cinderella. I’m pretty sure that movie was the first movie my mother let me watch when I was a young girl. But I really didn’t need to see the lame storyline of “Cinderella 2,” and I haven’t even forced myself to watch the third “Disney classic.” How about “Charlie’s Angels 2”? What about “The Matrix 2” and “The Matrix 3”? And the third “X-Men” movie was just terrible.
The following is a list of movies to stay away from … please. Please let a couple more decades pass before attempting to remake other ’80s classic movies.
“The Goonies”: Yes, Hollywood can easily remake this movie with a stellar ensemble cast. But a very young Sean Astin and Josh Brolin will remain and dear to my heart as the optimistic and dreamer younger brother and the realistic and underdog older brother. And who can forget Data and all of his contraptions? Remember Cory Feldman? Martha Plimpton? Chunk? The characters were a group of misfits looking for hidden treasure and never gave up hope and on each other. A classic movie. Stay away from it!
“Anne of Green Gables”: Megan Follows starred as the red-hair orphan adopted by a sister (Colleen Dewhurst) and brother (Richard Farnsworth). I loved loved loved loved the movie and the sequel. The third movie not so much … but I digress. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched those movies … I related to Anne and her mishaps and her love/hate relationship with Gilbert Blythe. Based on the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the series could easily be remade and modernized. I would be horrified if that happened.
“When Harry Met Sally”: The movie “A Lot Like Love” starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet comes pretty close to a remake, but it’s not. The chemistry between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan is simply adorable and believeable. Meeting in college and then chance meetings later in life cement the friendship between honest and realistic Harry and dreamer and optimistic Sally. This is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I can watch it again and again and again without getting bored. Please no remake.
“The Princess Bride”: This movie must have been on TV recently, because a lot of Facebook friends mentioned the movie in their statuses. From princesses to evil kings to a doting grandfather and a sick grandson to giants to pirates to love and kissing … what’s not to love about this classic movie? And who can forget this quote from Inigo Montoya: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” The movie made you laugh and root for Westley and Princess Buttercup.
OK, that’s all of the movies I can think of to stay away from. When I think of more, I will blog about them … these four movies were at the top of my mind. If you have suggestions, please let me know … I would love to hear them. 🙂