Specifically, the last two movies I’ve seen in the cinema. What I’ve noticed about the two is that they’re both remakes of old films — and by old, I mean before my time and I do not wish to offend anyone by this. *wink*
I watched The Three Musketeers last week (or was it the week before?) in 3D, keeping with my unconscious habit of only watching cinematic films in three-dimensional. I swear I looked strange with my Harry Potter 3D glasses, but oh well. A fan is a fan, right? Nevertheless, I found this modern remake of the classic story enjoyable. My friend and I exchanged whispers about her new-found crush on Logan Lerman, while in my mind I noted how off-putting he looked with long hair.
By the end of the movie, a part of me felt like I’ve wasted my time watching it. I’ve never seen any of the old versions before, but I’m sure one if not all of them covered all the necessary plot points in the novel they were based from. So, apart from profit and the supposed creative bankruptcy, what was the point of this film remake?
My answer? To cater to the younger people.
Like I said before, I’ve never seen any of the old versions of The Three Musketeers, and I doubt the average teen wouldn’t have either. I’m not saying there aren’t teenagers out there who like the classics, because I like the classics well enough. However, modern technology has spoiled me and from a personal standpoint, I’d rather watch a modern version of a film first and then watch the older. Not only would the special effects be better (though that’s not saying much for 2011’s Musketeers), but modern films feature my celebrity crushes. It’s a shallow reason but hey, it’s the truth. I mean, one of the main reasons I watched The Three Musketeers was because of Matthew Macfadyen — Mr. Darcy, anyone??
As for Footloose, I’ve seen the older version before although my memory of it is very weak. I find this modern version easier to relate to in a way, with the upholding of morals and the sins ‘sexy dancing’ these days represent. However, the constant referral to the laws banning public dancing came off to me as thin-veiled innuendos for sex.
I think I prefer the old version, because the dialogue in this new one seemed forced and robotic to me. The dancing was good — inspiring, even. I particularly enjoyed the line dancing, though I couldn’t help but LOL at the warehouse scene. Sorry.
Oh, and I happen to think that Miles Teller completely stole the show.
Watching Footloose rekindled the fire — not in my heart — but beneath my feet. Why? Well, not only did it remind me how much I enjoyed the mandatory ballroom dancing lessons I took for PE two years ago, but it made me super hyper and I couldn’t stop pretending to be a line-dancer for hours. It was like I was walking on hot coals >_<
- Movie Review | ‘The Three Musketeers’: ‘The Three Musketeers,’ With Christoph Waltz – Review (movies.nytimes.com)
- The Three Musketeers Cast Gets Candid About Kissing Scenes, Bonding Over Beer, and Working With “Orly” (popsugar.com)
- Footloose (2011) – Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes – Movie Review (blazingminds.co.uk)
- ‘Footloose,’ ‘Ides Of March’ Lead October Movies (mtv.com)