On remakes and reboots and sequels (oh my!)

Before we can get into remakes, reboots, sequels, or what I think about any of these types of films, I want to define these terms so we won’t mix them up or think that they’re synonymous with one another.


A remake is like the new Magnificent Seven that came out that I like.

Justice has a number.

Remakes are an updated version of the original film, and they usually don’t come out right after the original film’s release. They essentially use the same plot, but may change some details about the film in terms of casting or setting and the like. For example, the Magnificent Seven is still about a woman who enlists seven gunfighters to save her village, but instead of the villagers being Mexican and the Seven being white, the diversity lies within the Seven, and the villagers are white.

A reboot is like the new Blade Runner movie scheduled to come out this that I’m kind of excited for.

Rick Deckard’s back.

Reboots are a continuation of the original film that come out a long period of time after the original film’s release. Usually, movies are called “reboots” when the original movie was thought to be close-ended, meaning no sequels were to come from it. The reboot itself is reviving the original movie’s plot.

Sequels are like the new Fast and Furious movie that’s coming out for no reason.

And another one.

Sequels are continuations of the original movie that come out fairly recently after the original’s movie release. The original movie is usually left open-ended intentionally for a sequel to be made.

The ideal effect for a remake is to make audiences feel nostalgic and/or provide a fresh perspective on the original film. Nostalgia is also a goal for reboots, but reboots, I would say, are more tailored to people who have seen the original film. Sequels want to extend the sentiments of the original film, to keep the party going if they see that the people wouldn’t mind having more. However, all three types of films, if done in excess or done poorly, can end up having one general sentiment.

Sometimes it’s best to let a good thing just be one good thing and not squeeze everything you can out of it until all you have left is crap. Sometimes, you have to let good things end and keep them immortalized in time to be remembered forever as a good thing.

However, not unlike adaptations, reboots, remakes, and sequels can all be signals of a lack of original ideas flowing through the mainstream industry or a lack of people who don’t want to take risks with original ideas in the mainstream industry because of money. It’s not surprising, but it is annoying when I have to suppress parts of my memory so I won’t have to remember bad versions of my favorite movies.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t good remakes, reboots, or sequels out there, although sequels are rarely ever better than the first film. Just saying. But there are good examples of these types of movies. My only wish is if the prevalence of these types of movies continues to grow, studios should take more care and have more wisdom with how they do these types of movies.

It’s also just good to chill out sometimes, you know? Nine Saw movies seems like a bit too much. And you don’t need to re-do every Disney classic I ever loved as a child. But whatever. Doesn’t hurt my feelings.


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