It’s fair to say Netflix’s He’s All That is one of those remakes that won’t go down well in history. As the ratings have shown, this remake is not the most glamourous.
Remakes are almost a genre of film on their own, or at least Disney is making them look like it. And they sometimes get a bad reputation. We’ve seen how it goes, the plot is a given, and a few tweaks here and there doesn’t change much.
But remakes are quite necessary. We can’t all live in the same timeline, and they also offer a chance of redemption. Make a bad movie good. There’s hardly any question that a few decades from now, with better tech improvements, we’ll see remakes of movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Three Musketeers, and more remakes of movies that originally have a few remakes.
Remakes also offer some form of compare and contrast value. How does the remake compare to the original? The cinematography, the actors, and not least the director.
But many still say nothing beats an original. Remakes are ultimately a cover version of an old, and the authenticity might not be there, especially if the timeline between releases is short. Plus, movies of the past have nostalgia, and a remake of a not-so-good movie might shatter illusions you had of the original.
So, how well do you know Hollywood movie remakes? Or more specifically, how well do you know the originals of Hollywood remakes? The year zero for the film, before the chameleons followed suit.
Take this remakes quiz and see how many you can score out of 13.
Good luck! (and don’t forget to share your score)