Op-Ed: Movie Reboots Do More Harm than Good

When anyone hears the word “reboot,” it can prompt an annoyed or enthusiastic response. For decades, movie franchises and studios have been shooting reboots. Now more than ever, reboots are being created with the idea of nostalgia being the main driving force. However, when it comes to these reboots, fans of the original movies are usually not so happy when movie franchises decide to reboot the originals. 

Fans of the beloved movies being recreated aren’t the only ones that have negative thoughts about their remakes. Numerous actors and directors have shared their negative thoughts on why many remakes and reboots are not good or even worse than the original movies. Robert Englund, the actor from one of the most famous movie classics in American history, A Nightmare on Elm Street, stated his thoughts on the 2010 remake in an interview with Shock Till You Drop, stating, “I thought the movie was a little cold. We weren’t given time to see the kids when they were normal before they were frantic and haunted by Freddy. That made it harder to connect with them, harder to care what happened to them.”

Sometimes, movie remakes don’t add anything to the original plot, making it unnecessary and dry. For instance, The Amazing Spider-Man had a problem with the overall plot. Nothing was added to the original story making the movie seem stale and unnecessary. The director of the movie, Marc Webb, thought that with a bigger budget and loads of computer-generated images (CGI), the film would’ve done great at the box office and taken the original Spiderman movie and perfected it. However, what ended up happening was that the remake tanked, and fans weren’t pleased with how Spiderman was portrayed. 

Regardless of any complaints about movie remakes, the genre keeps trending, and reboots are constantly being made by the second. However, the true artistry lies in the director’s ability to retell a story in a way that can still excite its viewers. The best remakes not only retell the story but improve it 


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