Should movies/tv shows be rebooted?
Reboots. Tons of things in our lives are rebooted all the time: music, technology, movies, TV, book covers, etc. Most of the time, we look forward to these reboots. They are exciting new things or they offer improvements on the items we already have. They are a breath of fresh air. And, in today’s society, they are a necessity if a person, a company, or a fad wants to stay relevant and interesting.
But not all reboots are good, are they?
There are COUNTLESS occasions where book cover reboots are met with great annoyance and rejection from the bookish community. Program reboots can lose nice features, gain useless ones, and have an endless string of bugs in the code. Sometimes the reboot of a song (aka a re-master) just isn’t as good as the original. It happens. Yet, despite all of this, we continue to try and reboot EVERYTHING, no matter how difficult it may be to do so.
One item that is more susceptible to failures in reboots is visual media. TV shows and movies are more likely to be ruined by a reboot because you never know how the audience is going to react, especially if they saw the original. And with the way technology (and acting) has changed so much over the years, we can be sure the reboot will be QUITE different from the original.
I haven’t been alive THAT long, but I have been alive during a time when visual effects have massively improved. And, over the years, each new generation has changed and expanded their interests and ideas. As such, old movies and TV shows are constantly being re-created to update for the new technology and to offer the next generation the opportunity to enjoy what their parents enjoyed. But, of course, we can’t use the original actors, and often times we don’t even use the original story line because what appealed to viewers a couple decades ago may not appeal to them now.
Lost in Space
Disney (live action movies)
The FOOTLOOSE reboot was almost identical to the original (I’ve seen both). The difference was the actors, which can make or break a movie because they have different faces, different personalities, different methods of acting. But while no one besides Kevin Bacon will ever be Kevin Bacon, the reboot was pretty close and just as good as the original.
Superhero movies are almost NEVER the same. Some are good and are heralded as amazing and always discussed no matter how many reboots came before or after, while others are train-wrecks. This depends a lot more on the actor than anything, but directors can play huge roles in this as well. Not all directors or even videographers are made equal.
And I don’t know of anyone who was happy with the added CGI effects in the STAR WARS movies because no matter how fancy they might make it look, everyone knew it looked wrong. It didn’t fit. And it only made the scenes obnoxious and awkward to anyone who had seen the original. (Too bad you can’t find the original versions anymore.)
Of course, there are also the classics. Shakespearean plays are ALWAYS being re-done in different time periods with different characters, but always with the same plot and dialogue. Some pieces are not changeable from the original no matter how hard people try, but does something have to be Shakespeare before it’s unchangeable?
Around the time the HARRY POTTER movies were coming to an end, the young actors discussed a potential re-boot in the future and which characters they would want to play at that time. But, at the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves:
Is it okay to reboot movies and TV shows?
How many times is it acceptable to re-boot something?
And how much will be lost from the original when something is rebooted?
And when does something become ruined with reboots? Can we honestly say we would look FORWARD to a HARRY POTTER reboot? How about a LORD OF THE RINGS reboot? Maybe a STAR WARS reboot? It doesn’t matter that the visual effects make them outdated because they had such a HUGE impact on generation after generation that imaging anyone else playing those roles is impossible. They cannot be redone.
Or can they?
But what do you think?
Should TV shows and movies be rebooted?
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