Have you ever said “I’m sick of remakes. Can’t Hollywood be original?” I’m guilty of this, but having a kid changed my opinion.

Without remakes, great stories can’t be retold to a new generation. Becoming a father has helped me realize that outrage should be more focused on movies being remade poorly.
I want my daughter watching amazing stories unfold on the big screen that I grew up watching, but I know when she’s old enough, she’s not going to sit through a movie where she can’t relate to the fashion, music, and lifestyles of that time period. Not many kids will.

I was 12 when Scarface with Al Pacino came out. If you tried telling me back then that I should be watching the 1932 version because your opinion was “Hollywood shouldn’t do remakes” I’d laugh at you, eye roll, think you’re out of touch, and old.

Without remakes, you wouldn’t have…

The Departed (2006)
The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
A Fist Full Of Dollars (1964)
The Bourne Identity (2002)
Meet The Parents (2000)
Scarface (1983)
The Fly (1986)
12 Monkeys (1995)
The Thing (1982)
Oceans 11 (2001)

That’s just a few stories remade, you never would have seen if money hungry executives weren’t sitting in a board room trying to figure out a way to make a billion dollars, without paying for an original screenplay. I’m not saying we should excuse poorly made remakes, but can you imagine a world where grown men making sad attempts to be funny, didn’t overly use the one-liner “Say hello to my little friend”?