Enough is enough for Hollywood remakes

The older I get, the more I notice how theaters are running rampant with remakes.

With the highly anticipated new rendition of “The Great Gatsby” on the way, critics and moviegoers are realizing how remakes are becoming a staple in every theater.

Don’t get me wrong, I often enjoy remakes. However, it is disappointing that fewer and fewer movies are based off of original screenplays and innovative story telling.

Some say that nothing is truly original, that every movie is in some small way or another influenced by past movies and other forms of art, but that isn’t my main point.

I am saying that Hollywood is lacking creativity, and it’s our generation’s job to pick up the slack.

The last three or four movies I’ve seen in theaters were either based on books or previous movies. I enjoyed them all, but it seems to me that we are at a point in time when Hollywood’s creativity has hit an all time low.

I realize that recreating a movie or television show is a different form of creativity, but I’d like to see more movies or television shows that have an original plot.

The big screen isn’t the only place where this lack of creativity has taken place. Two of the biggest shows on TV right now, “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead” are based on a book and graphic novel series.

Not that they aren’t fantastic pieces of television, but I’d like to see more originally produced shows like “Parks and Recreation” and “Breaking Bad” dominating the air. These original shows tend to be more thought provoking and have characters that are much more relatable to the times.

Remakes often aren’t culturally significant anymore, or at least ruin the original movie or television show.

For example, “Joey” was a spin off from “Friends” that almost made me dislike Matt LeBlanc. That is hard to do!

Or, the newest serial killer television show, “Bates Motel” is definitely lacking creativity in comparison to its competitor and the newest original show, “The Following.”

By no means am I saying remakes are terrible and that content should be based on nothing but the creator’s imagination.

However, I hope creativity will spark again soon for Hollywood in hopes that a more equal balance between original content and remakes occurs.

 

Alyssa Townsend/Opinion editor

Alyssa Townsend can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com