The 80’s are in again. Sort of. At least the inspiration is there. The proof is in the movies being made and/or released soon. Yep, Gen Xers are headed towards middle age and now there are all these 80’s remakes in the works. Clash of the Titans is out now (heard it’s not so good) and Karate Kid, the A-Team, Nightmare on Elm Street and Red Dawn are headed our way. Really? Red Dawn? How can that be good again without the fear of a Russian invasion? Well, guess what? This time we are being invaded by the Chinese! What could go wrong with this premise? And it’s just not the same now that kids have cell phones and internet. 21 Jump Street is going to be made into a movie as well as Poltergeist. 21 Jump Street without Johnny Depp? Good luck. Oh and live action Smurfs. Good God. Neil Patrick Harris, I know I’m going to love you as a guest on Glee but as a Smurf? Just say no.
Karate Kid will star Will Smith’s son Jaden. When you go from Ralph Macchio to Jaden Smith, it’s got to be totally different right? Also Jackie Chan will replace Pat Morita and it takes place in China. So why keep the name? Like we aren’t smart enough to figure it out? And how could anyone outdo Billy Zabka’s villain in the original? I’m just sayin.
I’ve been hearing for years that tinsel town wants to redo Adventures in Babysitting. Does anyone remember that one? Actresses once considered to reprise Elisabeth Shue’s role were Miley Cyrus (gag) and Raven Simone (huh?). The latest is that it will be called The Sitter instead and star Jonah Hill from Superbad. So technically a different movie just paying homage to the original. I can deal with that.
Then there’s Hot Tub Time Machine which I just saw and it’s pretty funny . Thankfully, it’s not a remake, just a movie with lots of 80’s references. A bit gross and over the top at times (think Farelly Brothers) but all in good fun. Seems we are not the only ones who like reminiscing about our youths in the 80’s. What a great decade to make fun of, so distinctive from the others! For sure.
But please don’t let Hollywood butcher the original John Hughes movies with lousy remakes!