Thursday, November 5, 2009

Some U.S. remakes, like ‘The Ring’, are just as good as the foreign originals

Movie fans continue to speak out about good and bad U.S. remakes of foreign movies on Ning’s Netflix social community. (Join the discussion here.)
Some cinephiles have noted that a few U.S. remakes of foreign movies are just as good as the originals, not better or worse.
They cite “The Ring” (2002), a remake of Japan’s “Ringu” (1998), and “Just Visiting” (2001), a remake of France’s “Les Visiteurs” (1993), as two examples.

To the list of good remakes, movie fans added these:

“Unfaithful” (2002) starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere, which is a remake of France’s “The Unfaithful Wife” (1969)
“Sorcerer” (1977), a remake of France’s “The Wages of Fear” (1953).

A few more example of inferior U.S. remakes of foreign films:

“The Birdcage” (1996) is a “pale reflection” of France’s “La Cage aux Folles” (1979), one person noted. The same can be said of “Three Men and a Baby” (1987), a remake of France’s “Three Men and a Cradle” (1986), the commenter added.

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