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Movie Redux

Remakes, er, sorry, “reinterpretations” seem to happen more and more in Hollywood. Here’s a couple more for you. The trailers for Tim Burton’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and also Steven Spielberg’s new version of “War of the Worlds” starring Tom Cruise.

I have to say I’m skeptical of both films. Especially in light of how weak Burton’s “reinterpretation” of “Planet of the Apes” was. And, I wonder if Spielberg can make a movie where alien’s want to kill us instead of help us or love us. I guess the real question is why these new movies had to be made at all.

For me, the original “Willy Wonka” with Gene Wilder is just great as it is. So is the George Pal version of “War of the Worlds”. It’s just like George Lucas changing the original “Star Wars” so Greedo fires first or Spielberg changing “E.T.” so the FBI guys have walkie-talkies instead of guns.

They do it because they can. For their own reasons. It has very little, if anything, to do with the audience. The only say the audience have in the process is when the movies come out, they can choose not to attend. I’m saying this for those of you out there that go to the movies at your local multiplex.

Vote with your dollars. It’s the only way you will ever have anything to say that Hollywood will listen to, believe me. If it happens enough, perhaps it will have an affect on what movies are made. Probably not.


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