Enough already with all the freaking reboots!
That’s the first thing that came into my head when I read that the Fresh Prince of Bel Air is being rebooted for TV. Why? Is this really necessary? I’ll be the first to admit that I used to watch and like the show but it wasn’t blockbuster viewing entertainment. It’s just getting ridiculous that TV and Hollywood are shoving all these remakes, reboots, and reimaginings down our throats with no end in sight. Most of them fail miserably or pale in comparison. Can’t they come up with anything new and creative anymore? There has to be so many more inventive ideas out there other than to keep rehashing the series and flicks we loved and which became part of our lives.
That’s another thing. Leave my 80’s and 90’s classics alone already! The are trying too hard to recapture the magic of the shows and movies we grew up with. Some were lightning in a bottle that can never be remade to an acceptable level. Where shall we start? The Karate Kid was a fail. Conan the Barbarian was lackluster without Arnold. Knight Rider without the Hoff was a dud. Footloose minus Kevin Bacon – meh. Arthur was just horrible. Miami Vice – nope. Nightmare on Elm Street with Robert Englund was just no fun. The Dukes of Hazzard had Jessica Simpson and Johnny Knoxville – really? The list goes on and on.
Don’t even get me started on that abortion of a reboot of The Fantastic Four out now. We’re also getting another Spiderman reboot (again?) and to me it looks like they bombed with the title character casting right from the get go. Hopefully I am wrong about that one as Marvel has it back in its stable and wants to make Spidey part of their Civil War movie arc. Yet, we all know his history and don’t need another origin story. Oh, I can’t forget to mention the reboot of Ghostbusters with an all female cast. Um, no, just no. Please, just stop it now.
Now I also hear they want to remake Escape From New York. No effing way! If Kurt Russell is not Snake Plissken it won’t be worth the price of a ticket. Sorry, it sounds like the same forgettable mess that was Total Recall with Colin Farrell. Some studio also thinks it will be wise to also remake Jumanji without the late, great, Robin Williams. Again, why, why, why? Jeez – the man just recently passed. The list goes on and one. There are actually dozens of movies and TV shows from the 80’s-90’s that are on the block to be remade. Problem is they just don’t have the charm and camp of these past shows and films, along with shoddy scripts and uninspired casting. Sure, many of the actors and actresses they cast for these roles are eye candy, younger, and pretty to look at, but the majority are vapid and lack that “certain something” that made the originals so memorable.
What’s next? A reboot of the Back to the Future trilogy starring Ice Cube as Marty McFly?
A reimagining of Fast Times at Ridgemont High with zombies getting stoned?
The Breakfast Club taking place in a mall food court and starring a bunch of senior citizens being chased around by Paul Blart Mall Cop?
Batman starring Ben Affleck? ( Oops…. that is actually happening. )
A remake of Grease starring Justin Bieber as Danny and Kendall Jenner as Sandy? ( Oh God No!)
Every John Hughes movie ever made re-written with alternate endings, and characters replaced as hipsters and millennials? Just kill me now……
Hey Hollywood, stop being money hungry whores just going for a cash grab and listen to the public outcry as the masses are getting sick of all these reboots and remakes. Stop tarnishing the images and stories of what made us laugh, cry, tug at our heartstrings, and made us cheer for in our past.
You’re ruining our memories, and childhoods.