I like remakes. I like reboots. I like it when they do "Hamlet" again at the local rep house as much as I like new screen versions of it. I thought, for instance, that Michael Almereyda's Hamlet was brilliant and, in its way, as good as Branaugh's four-hour unexpurgated take.
No one cries foul when CU does their annual Shakespeare festival.
I liked Marcus Nispel's Texas Chainsaw Massacre though I liked the original better - and I liked Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead better than Romero's. I like both versions of The Manchurian Candidate - I like the first three versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Kurosawa's MacBeth? It's great. Batman Begins? Also great. And Dark Knight? Fuggehdabout it.
So on the eve of the new Star Trek redux/reboot - and having seen it on Saturday - I just want to say that as I'm sitting here writing the review that I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to be right here at this moment in history to see so many franchises that I love (Superman, Batman, Star Trek) get honorable reboots and here's to Rob Zombie's new Halloween sequel and the remake of Videodrome upcoming and all those flicks that deserve to be treated canonically: that is, with versions that better tap the well of this time.
Ideas about good prospects for remakes?
Hopes and fears about the new Trek?