Modern reboots that were better than the original
Hollywood movie studios cop a bunch of flack for flying in the face of originality and source material, and constantly rolling out a heavy stream of reboots, remakes and sequels of popular TV shows and movies year after year. Hell, Dwayne Johnson is almost single-handedly responsible for 50 percent of them as a starring member in this year’s Fast 8, Jumanji and Baywatch to name but a few — all of which are big screen reboots. Many sequels have surpassed the original but few reboots have done the same. Here are the modern reboots that were better than the originals.
Comparing a modern movie to the 1980’s television series that inspired it is no easy task. There’s the format, the generational difference and new cultural standards to contend with. And the Johnny Depp series stands alone as quality TV. But the big screen reboot of two odd couple cops going undercover as high school students, almost 30 years later, both paid tribute to the original and held itself to the same high standard, to become one of the best reboots in cinema history.
Almost 40 years since the original and 30 years since we the third installment, Mad Max came back with a vengeance in 2015 to become one of the most critically and publicly acclaimed movies of the decade. With Tom Hardy in place of Mel Gibson in the post-apocalyptic thriller, and director George Miller having four decades of experience under his belt since the original, Fury Road quickly became the best Mad Max film to date. Part reboot and part continuation, Fury Road kicked ass.
Batman has been a television and cinematic staple since the 1960s. But no reboot of the series has seen more acclaim than Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy which welcomed Christian Bale as the new — and arguably best — Bruce Wayne. It was deeper and darker. The stakes were higher. And it features a cast of genuine dramatic actors which helped us all forget the Joel Schumacher reboots of the 1990s.
Like Nolan’s interpretation of Batman, Dawn of Planet of the Apes benefited far more from a darker, deeper and more emotional take on a franchise that largely consisted of B Movies dressed up as blockbusters. The second installment of the reboot trilogy that included James Franco’s Rise of The Planet of The Apes, Dawn cut away the fat to become a critical and commercial success. Thanks to Andy Serkis’s motion capture performance as Caesar and director Matt Reeves’s focus on the human relationships among the apes — plus some serious action — Dawn easily surpassed all before it and narrowly edged the original.