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Remakes: Is it worth remaking a film?

With help from our lovely Instagram followers (who answered a rigorous series of polls), NYFA has been investigating whether it’s a good idea to make a remake. I mean, we all know it’s edgy to say we like the original. But, are there remakes out there that are actually way better than the original?

Let’s have a look…


The original was, of course, a classic. Starring Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver, it became a ‘cult classic’ and scores a fairly high, 7.8, on IMDb.

But the remake sparked controversy with an empowering twist, a female cast. Although, some nay-sayers weren’t fans, the film got lots of popularity and was hailed for inspiring young girls that they can be whatever they want to be, regardless of gender.  The Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig remake scored a pretty low 5.3 on IMDb.

Our followers, however, make the final call (get it!?).

88% Original

12% Remake

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This is a difficult one. Again, the original was a classic and Gene Wilder smashed the role as Willy Wonka. The original, ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ scored a pretty high 7.8 on IMDb.

The remake certainly had a big hype surrounding it, what with everyone trying to do Willy Wonka impressions (Nestle even released a line of ‘Wonka’ chocolate bars and sweets). And, it felt like Jonny Depp was almost made for this role. But, it scored a steady, but lower score of 6.7 on IMDb.

What did our Instagram followers have to say on the matter?

65 % Original

35% Remake


Robin Williams helped make the original a classic, well-loved kids film. It’s said to have everything comedy, love and adventure and it scored a moderately good 6.9 on IMDb.

The recent remake of Jumanji had an all-star cast with Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart. Directed by Jake Kasdan, the film got a 0.1 increase on IMDb and scored ‘7’.

Our followers decided they preferred…

76% Original

24% Remake


The original was technically a two-part mini-series but the majority of people watch the two episodes together as a film. It was critically appreciated and scored a decent 6.9 on IMDb.

However, IT was definitely due a remake. In step Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher,  and Finn Wolfhard. The 2017 remake stirred excitement for all Stephen King lovers at scored a high 7.5 on IMDb.

Our followers were in an almost solid agreement that they preferred…

26% Original

74% Remake

The Great Gatsby

The original (1974) starred Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, directed by Jack Clayton and boasted a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola. It stuck to the guidelines of the book pretty well and scored a modest 6.4 on IMDb.

The remake, however, had an extravagant twist with the help Baz Luhrmann. It had a hit soundtrack ranging from dramatic love songs from Lana Del Rey to hip-hop bangers from Jay-Z and Kanye West. Big-time stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan also helped make the movie a roaring success. It scored slightly higher than the original on IMDb with 7.3.

Much like IMDb, our Instagram followers seemed to prefer the remake.

21% Original

79% Remake

The Parent Trap

The original is a bit before our time as it was released in 1961 but, it is known as a classic. Directed by David Swift, it had two Oscar nominations and scored a high 7.1 on IMDb.

The remake, however, starred our favourite child star, Lindsey Lohan. Directed by Nancy Meyers, David Swift came back to write the screenplay. Unfortunately, though, it scored lower 6.5 on IMDb.

It was a close call on Instagram…

55% Original

45% Remake

King Kong

Arguably one of the greatest fantasy film concepts, King Kong has been remade three times and has said to have inspired countless other films (Jaws). The original-original was actually released in 1933. It may be the product of a simpler time but it rates fairly well on IMDb with 7.9.

The 1976 remake starring Jeff Bridges and wasn’t as well received as the original, but it had two Oscar nominations and scored 5.9 on IMDb. The Peter Jackson, 2005 remake, starred Naomi Watts, Jack Black, and Adrien Brody. Improving on the last one, the three-hour-long spectacular scored a well-deserved 7.2.

Our followers, weren’t in agreement with IMDb this times, they preferred…

Original 31%

Remake 69%

Freaky Friday

Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster starred in the original, 1976 Freaky Friday. It was adapted from a novel by Mary Rodgers and scored a modest 6.3 on IMDb.

The remake in 2003 made fair competition for the original. Lindsey Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis starred in the mother-daughter battle but the film made a 0.1 decrease on the IMDb scale.

What did our followers think about this decision?

Original 47%

Remake 53%

True Grit

Old film-star, John Wayne plays a boozy U.S Marshall that helps track down the murderer of angsty teen’s dad. The role landed Wayne ‘Best Actor’ at the Oscars and the 1969 remake scored a fairly good 7.4 on IMDb.

The Coen Brothers 2010 remake, however, was very well received. The all-star cast included  Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and a young Hailee Steinfeld. It is widely known as one of the best remakes of a film and scored an unsurprisingly good 7.6 on IMDb.

What did our followers think?

Original 41%

Remake 59%

The Italian Job

The iconic Michael Caine original was released in 1969. This best-loved British classic is said to be what made minis cool. It scored a great 7.4 on IMDb.

The remake didn’t do too badly, considering the legacy it had to live up to. It scored a good 7 on IMDb and boasted stars such as Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton.

It was an easy decision for our followers…

Original 74%

Remake 26%

Is it worth it?

Well, normally, you would assume that the original is better. But, when we put an anonymous vote out there, it’s clear that there are a few gems when it comes to remakes – that people actually prefer! We have to look at each film on an individual basis. A ‘remake’ should no longer be a dirty word in the film industry, but a chance to bring a film to life with newer technology. Sometimes, it’s great to remake a film with some fresh ideas and morals (like Ghostbusters and its female cast).

It also means younger generations can enjoy great film concepts from the past with a twist of modernity. So, if you have a dream of remaking your favourite film – take a risk. It could pay off.

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