Remake Causes Memory Lapse

7/21/07 12:09 PM , , 2 Comments

Hairspray promo shot

Apparently the recent release of the remake of Hairspray has caused a memory lapse for the general populace. This movie is getting outstanding reviews and accolades, and has even been declared by reviewers "the best translation from Broadway in years".

I find all of this hubbub highly amusing due to the fact that a perfectly great version was released in 1988. In this version, a real transvestite played the mom. Are our memories so short that 19 years is long enough to completely forget the original version of the film? Hmm... considering that the 1933 version of King Kong is often referenced when talking about the recent Jackson flick, I dare say not. This is just another example of how Hollywood feeds us the same porridge with a different spoon and expects us to believe it's something new. And now, they've recruited reviewers to join the hype (or else our modern reviewers are just plain too lazy to think about what they're spouting).

Guess what? Today is the information age, is only a click away, and we're not impressed.


“If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.” – The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents


Unknown said...

I'm a little surprised you didn't mention the constant re-release of Star Wars to DVD. (Or Lord of the Rings.) Heck any movie on DVD is a good example. I think there are six different Terminator 2 DVDs out there.

dre222 said...

Well, the very sad truth of this is that this is not a release to DVD, but a remake of the 1988 version released to theaters. The part that gets me is the reviewers are acting like there was no 1988 version when that's what the 2007 is extremely based on, not the original Broadway script.

I do agree thought that the DVD double-dipping is also ridiculous (although I own almost every edition of Star Wars as part of my collection)