I remember a few months ago I was purchasing the new Blu-ray release of Pet Sematary at a Best Buy. The woman ringing me out asked if I could believe they are even remaking the film. She stated it in such an overly defensive manner, acting as if a remake is some kind of high crime. Anytime a new remake or sequel is on the horizon, I always hear someone cry out 'why do we need (insert film here)?' Granted, we do not need any film to be honest. We are talking about a consumer product, not food or water. Hence, I find this 'why do we need' argument to be lacking in any intelligence.
By now you all know of US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's remarks...
In my life I have known a handful of people that give Louis Creed some flak for choosing to bury his wife near the end of Mary Lambert's Pet Sematary. They state that you would never catch them doing this. In fact, even Lambert herself does not understand it in the commentary of her own film. She notes he is only going to make it worse. Adding to this, she states how you, the audience, need to suspend some disbelief just for this work.
We are upon the release of the MCU's Avengers: Endgame and the fandom for it is huge! Fans are speculating many theories, spoilers have leaked and they are trying their best to hide from them. Why wouldn't they be? This is what the MCU has been building to... right? However, it is two things about the hype for this film that has me... concerned, for lack of a better word.
At first Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice enjoyed a wonderful opening weekend but then suffered a 69% drop, which is so bad, so terrible in cinema history that this was built up as WB’s own 'Great Depression'. Do you recall the doomsday prophets with things like "the movie needs to make over $800 million or even $1 billion just to break even"? You could find plenty of these claims in the first month and a half of the film’s release. Yet, are they true? Let us forget the critical side of this film and look purely at its economics. Let's look at a few other movies to see in comparison, if Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is the financial disaster many claim it to be. Finally, let's find out if Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was a box office flop or made a profit for Warner Bros.
It is easy to latch on to the original film of a franchise, and incessantly attack the remake. We are all guilty of it to some degree due to our own bias. Personally I am OK with remakes... some of the time. I can accept the remakes to Friday The 13th and A Nightmare On Elm Street. Do not tell me to accept Halloween or Psycho though.