Great Job, Internet!: Video essay ponders WTF happened to movie remakes

It’s easy to think that most remakes are terrible ideas. Mostly because they are—usually trading on the audience’s vague nostalgia or awareness of an intellectual property rather than having something original to say. But it doesn’t have to be that way. As Cecil Trachenburg of GoodBadFlicks points out, remakes in and of themselves aren’t a bad thing. In his latest video, “WTF Happened to Movie Remakes?,” Trachenburg looks at the current glut of remakes, reboots, and re-imaginings and wonders why they are being churned out in such great volumes.

Some remakes exist for a simple reason. For example, it’s customary for countries to remake popular films from foreign lands. But it’s also possible (and highly probable) that something gets lost in the translation. Often times these remakes/reboots/re-imaginings are simple cash grabs hoping to seize on a public’s semi-awareness of something …

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