Could a Remake Ever Become a Classic?


I am still on holiday, so only a very quick post from me today.


The other day I was sitting there, watching True Grit. The Coen Brothers remake with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, and I greatly enjoyed myself. The film was dirty, really grubby and to a great extent somewhat realistic in terms of how I imagine they would have looked and lived. Rooster at least.

I love the original True Grit, nobody beats The Duke after all, but, for a new generation, I really think this True Grit has the makings of becoming a classic in its own right. But, should this be allowed? Can a remake gain classic status? I know the remakes have been around a long time, and I am no film historian so perhaps my question has already been answered out there?

Another case in point is the Cape Fear with Robert DeNiro, and, from what I have heard, for I have not seen it yet; The Evil Dead, has all the capacities to become a great film. I guess that goes down into a sub group, but still could a remake become a cult film? Or does it leave the cult status behind when it became mainstream enough to warrant a big budget remake?

Thoughts? Discussions? Let’s see if we can build a nice dialogue on this post.

5 thoughts on “Could a Remake Ever Become a Classic?

  1. I’m a little biased since I’m against reboots and remakes since about 2007, but honestly, I think it depends on the person. I’ve noticed that sometimes something’s a favorite just because it was seen first. I prefer Robert DeNiro’s Cape Fear to the others because it was the first one of them I saw and I love DeNiro. I believe it’s the same reason for people’s love of the two trilogies in Star Wars. The people that saw the prequels first like them more and vice versa.

  2. That’s a good point. Remakes have always been around buy only in the last few years, let’s say 10, that they have gone crazy with remakes. I have seen both cape fears, around the same time, but prefer to second. The Thing was pointed out to me on Facebook as being a great case in point.

    1. I’ve heard that too, but there are some that will always be classics to me. With that in mind, I’m also one of the few that prefer the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes over the original so I mainly just give someone a weird look if they talk good about most of the remakes. lol To each their own, I guess.

  3. I preferred the original Evil Dead by far, but sometimes the remakes are better. Amityville Horror and Dawn Of The Dead were both awesome remakes, although I did cringe when I saw a preview for the new Carrie. There’s no way it will come close to the first one!!

    1. I too am greatly unsure on the Carrrie remake. It just seems unnecessary to me. I have never seen the original Amityville, at least not that I can remember. LOL. I have yet to see the new Evil Dead and will hold judgement, but fear it will never beat the original.

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