So, I turn on my computer the other day and what do I see on my news page? Hollywood is remaking “The Thin Man” with Johnny Depp in the role of William Powell. My jaw dropped because the six Thin Man movies are some of my and my husband’s favorites. (He has them all on laserdiscs.)
Now, I have nothing against Johnny Depp. I like him very much, but he’s no William Powell. This only goes to show what a barren wasteland Hollywood really is. There are no new ideas, so Hollywood continues to pump out formulaic adventure movies and remake after remake after remake.
Now they’re trying to figure out who should play opposite Johnny Depp’s Nick Charles as Nora. The “shortlist” of actresses includes: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Isla Fisher, Eva Green, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, and Kristen Wiig. Sorry, girls, but with the exception of Rachel Weisz, I’ve never heard of any of you or seen any of your movies but I’ll be willing to bet that none of you will have the class and sophistication portrayed by Myrna Loy. But I doubt that’s what Hollywood will be looking for.
I’m probably sounding like a real old fogie, but I’m fine with that. Certain things should just be left alone and classic movies are one of them.
No matter who they cast, the couple will never be able to duplicate the dynamic chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy. I don’t know if they’ll be setting the movie in the 20s but I have read that it will be based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. Although there was a lot of drinking and smoking by the main characters, I’ll be curious to see if political correctness will allow those characteristics to be incorporated into the remake. I’m not sure if they’ll be able to capture the same charm and elegance of the original but I’d expect to see a lot of unnecessary violence and gratuitous sexual situations.
Earlier in the week, I read we can expect yet another remake of Stephen King’s “Carrie.” It wasn’t enough that the 1976 movie starring Sissy Spacek was an excellent movie. No, someone had to make a video in 1988 and then a television movie in 2002.
Another example is that of my husband’s favorite movie, King Kong, from 1933. Hollywood couldn’t help itself when it decided to remake it in 1976 but couldn’t stop there. No, it went on to make the laughable 2005 version.
So, what’s next? Can we expect a remake of Casablanca? Citizen Cane? Gone With the Wind? West Side Story?
For many years now, I’ve thought Hollywood was pathetic in its rehashing of classic movies and the making of endless sophomoric comedies appealing to who knows who. So, who exactly is the target audience for The Thin Man? If it’s young people, why aren’t they encouraged to see the originals? The lovely thing is, it’s my money and I don’t have to pay exorbitant ticket prices to see a lot of garbage. I just wish that movie people would leave well enough alone.
I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.
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