Original vs Remake: Hollywood’s Need to Retell the Story (or the Lack Thereof)

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Below you can find my analysis on a few international films, not particularly well-known ones, that have spawned renowned Hollywood successes (whether critical or commercial). Maybe I can get you to watch either or both of them, and then get you to ask if the Hollywood remake added to the existing film it was indeed necessary.

Original vs Remake: Hollywood’s Need to Retell the Story (or the Lack Thereof)

Suburbicon (2017): Comedy / Crime / Drama

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Somehow, back then, that film went under my radar. I must have been doing something really important when the trailer came out… or something really dull. Anyway, not that anyone cares, not knowing anything about it, I watched it and, 5′ into the film, I figured out that it’s, somehow, a Cohen brothers film. The disappeared Clooney does a spot on job, if you asked me, behind the camera. The acting is there, the character hyperbole is instantly obvious, and all the Cohen atmosphere is overwhelming.

Having said all that, the film did overly poor, and the reviews were bad, bordering horrendous. I can see why some of them but the bad blood and the personal-level animosity, feels entirely uncalled for. Dark comedies are not for everyone. Suck it up!