Rebooting movies has recently become something of a new craze in the world of Hollywood. From successful blockbusters such as The Amazing Spider-Man and Star Trek to downright failures such as Total Recall; Hollywood, it seems, are running out of original ideas.
In the past years it was somewhat exciting to hear about a classic being rebooted, seeing as with today’s CGI technology anything is possible. Recently, however, a taboo has been attached to the word ‘reboot’. It has essentially become a curse that is feared and dreaded by the critics. Especially, with the most recent PG-13 reboot of RoboCop (cringe) that defaced Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic. Well, actually I didn’t think it was that bad, however, I couldn’t but help compare it with the gut-busting original. Agree? “Thank you for your cooperation”.
The current hazy madness is surrounding the hype of the upcoming ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. Zack Snyder has taken a behemoth of a step following the success of Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’. Fans have taken it upon themselves to derail Ben Affleck, who has a huge task ahead of himself to live up to the legend, that is Christian Bale. Personally, I believe he might not do a bad job slipping into the shoes of the caped crusader having seen him grown in roles such as Argo and The Town.
Having said that, the question still remains: why is Hollywood rebooting movies as if there’s no tomorrow? It seems as though rebooting movies is a cheap solution to whip up a quick blockbuster and rake in the big bucks. This new trend is really killing off the art of movie making; and hope for churning out new originals is slowly fading away. ‘Reboot’ is ultimately Hollywood’s bomb to make a big hit and they’re not afraid to use it. Just look at how quickly the spun off a reboot of Spider-Man — they didn’t even give it five years!
Although, reboots can be a solution to horrid failures in the past, I don’t think it should be the solution for Hollywood to build on their capital. Hollywood needs to take a step back and recap on their history. To reflect upon ‘what does it mean to make a movie?’ Yes, we all understand that it is a business at the end of the day, but if for one moment Hollywood would just make a movie for the sake of art and originality, then perhaps it may rekindle that spark that was lost.
MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures have taken the road of blasphemy by recently announcing that they will be rebooting the classic ‘Ben-Hur’. Director Timur Bekmambetov will have to tread lightly if he’s to pull this off and I for one will definitely scrutinise this film to the bone being a huge fan of Charlton Heston’s Ben-Hur.
It simply begs the question: why can’t Hollywood just leave the classics alone? Do they have to be rebooted? Is it absolutely necessary? Rebooting certainly has its benefits as in reviving dead movies that had huge potential (i.e. Eragon — huge fan of the Inheritance Cycle books). But other than that, I truly believe that rebooting should only be used when it’s categorically imperative and not brandished about like a blunt axe.
So, to reboot or not to reboot? That is the Question.