By: Cal Parsons
There seems to be a lot of movies coming out lately that are remakes of older movies and TV shows from a couple decades ago. Right now, the three films leading the box office are Beauty and the Beast, Power Rangers, and Kong: Skull Island. All three films are remakes of media that have been produced over the past couple decades, and these types of films are doing really well. Why?
Nostalgia is one of the biggest trends we’ve seen across all media these past few years. Disney has started their run of live-action remakes of their classic animated films, Power Rangers got a gritty remake of the campy TV show, The Incredibles is getting a sequel 15 years later, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got two gritty live-action films, and so on. Hollywood has noticed that the movies that appeal to your nostalgia are making money, regardless of the criticisms that may adorn them.
People like what they’re familiar with, and it seems that they’ll only buy movie tickets if they know who the characters are in the movies they’re seeing. Frankly, this has always been a trend, remakes and retellings have been around Hollywood, and the entire film industry, for as long as movies have existed. But this seems especially applicable to what’s going on in Hollywood right now. Actors are revisiting characters that haven’t been on the big screen in decades, studios are making sequels decades after their predecessors, it’s all been a trend in Hollywood recently.
Sometimes, studios completely rely on the nostalgia factor just to get a quick dollar, like Terminator: Genisys, which doesn’t work out too well. Sometimes, writers/directors revisit worlds they created decades ago with a fresh new idea that is universally loved and praised, like George Miller returning to make Mad Max: Fury Road. But more often than not, remakes are made because that’s what gets more funding in Hollywood. They make the money, so Hollywood will gladly produce them.
People love to look back on their childhood memories in a happier light, and many of those memories include watching movies or TV shows over and over again. That’s why studios are making sequels over a decade later when all these kids have grown up and can pay their own money to go see movies. This is why movies like Finding Dory and Jason Bourne get made because they’re familiar and they’re older properties revisited after a long period.
But so what? In a way, it’s a good thing to see some fresh new movies made after “wanting” a sequel or reboot for so long. But there’s always the flipside, where you see studios deciding to not branch out on other new properties and instead sticking to franchises that make money.
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