Ghostbusters, Jurassic World, Star Wars; reboots are all the rage in Hollywood. Bronwyn O'Neill defends the trend.
For the past few years Hollywood has been churning out reboot after reboot. This has led to criticism for lack of originality in the entertainment industry. Why would anyone want to watch another Ghostbusters?
Well, what about the positives about reboots? I firmly believe there are definitely positive aspects.
Reboots introduce a whole other generation to a franchise or concept. Take for example, Jurassic World that was released 2015 and was a massive hit. The graphics were miles ahead of the original 1993 film, unsurprisingly. It engaged a whole new audience as well as the original fans. The plot was fresh and fun for a new generation of cinema goers. As well as cleverly using one of the biggest movie stars, Chris Pratt, who reinvented himself as an action star in the past few years. The reboot raked in $1.670 billion worldwide against a budget of $150 million. Not shabby work for being unoriginal!
It’s not only Hollywood blockbusters that are reboots, television series are getting more and more into reboots. Netflix rebooted Full House and Gilmore Girls, with their most recent reboot being A Series of Unfortunate Events. The ability to use television shows to tell a story gives the writers more room to explain a story and give more time for certain plot lines. There has been an increase of films being rebooted as TV shows, including Snatch, Lethal Weapon and Rush Hour. Although some have been a hit and others have been a miss, there doesn’t seem to be a way of stopping them. It seems like a fun and easy way to pay homage to huge films of the eighties and nineties.
For a lot of young people watching films like Red Dawn, a film based in 1980s America as a group of kids fight off Communists that have invaded their town, this just does not make any sense. However, take the same concept and place it in 2012 and have a group of kids fight against North Korean troops, makes it more relevant and interesting. Teenagers from our generation are more likely to understand and feel the resentment between North Korea and America, rather than remnants of the Cold War.
The addition of more diversity (as much as Hollywood will allow), including women and people of colour, that may not have be featured in the original. This is a lot more liberal than the patriarchal background of the originals.
This draws an even bigger audience, because little girls see themselves in the characters (even if the Ghostbusters reboot wasn’t the best being honest). Kids who aren’t represented in films that our parents loved are being shown in reboots. Which is as good a reason to reboot a film.
Another reason that I am all here for reboots is the fact graphics and CGI in the 21st century are leaps and bounds ahead of the late 20th century.
The best example of this, I feel, is the new Star Wars film, even though they technically aren’t a reboot just a continuation of the story. The original trilogy used every aspect of 1970s technology to create the outer space scenes. However, in Episode 7 and Rogue One the graphics are absolutely stunning. If the graphics in the original were lacking why not remake it? This way the original vision can be really completed!
Like I said earlier, some reboots aren’t just remakes of the original, they actually extend the story, like prequels and side stories. The best example of this is of course Star Wars, which is finally extending its cinematic universe. I love reboots of this nature because not only is it bringing back a favourite stories and characters, it widens the universe and story of the tale millions of people have be following. It also gives more insight into the characters’ lives and their reasoning behind their actions. I am very passionate about building a believable universe.
There will always be criticism of reboots of classic movies, however that doesn’t seem to be stopping the outflow of reboots, remakes and sequels. Well, like they say: imitation is the greatest form of flattery.