This was the weekend of remakes. Movie screens across the country were graced with Friday the 13th, Last House on the Left, and Race to Witch Mountain, which was number one at the box office. This "retelling" of a beloved childhood movie, starring Dwyane Johnson (because when we recollect the kindly RV driver played by Eddie Albert we think, immediately, of The Rock) follows the trend perpetuated by the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Transformers, and MirrorMask (a reimagining of The Labyrinth), all mediocre, if not downright awful versions of the originals.
But wait...the fun isn't over. Upcoming remakes and retellings include such hallowed childhood favorites as The Karate Kid, The Neverending Story, Gremlins, Top Gun, and Weird Science. Now, I know recycling and conservation are big right now, but really, can't Hollywood come up with anything original? My fellow bloggers born in the 80's agree; blogs with titles such as "Killing My Childhood," "Milking My Childhood," "Raping My Childhood," and "Hey Hollywood, Leave My Childhood Alone" are popping up everywhere. Even Perez Hilton is getting in on the action.
What's next? A CGI version of The Last Unicorn? A "reimagining" of The Goonies, set in today's forclosure-riddled times? A remake of E.T., starring Dakota Fanning? Let's demand a little more imagination from our movie industry, and a little less pillaging of our cherished memories.