The Upside (2019)
A trailer was recently released for The Upside (2019), a story about a quadriplegic man and the ex-con who eventually becomes his caregiver. It’s a lovely story — a fact I know because the film already exists. The Upside is a remake of the French film The Intouchables (2011). While I have no reason to believe the new film is poorly done, in general I’m not a fan of remaking movies just for the sake of remaking them. The only change that appears to be made here is that the story is set in America instead of in Paris. The Intouchables is a beautiful, sweet movie (I would highly recommend it), and I just don’t see any reason to remake it, especially so recently after the first film was released and with nothing new to add.
The Grinch (2018)
Speaking of remakes… let’s talk about The Grinch. (Please forgive me for bringing up Christmas when we’re still two weeks from Thanksgiving…) How The Grinch Stole Christmas first came out in 1966, based on Dr. Seuss’ 1957 children’s book of the same name. It’s a classic in so many ways, from the way the Grinch inexplicably slithers across the floor like a snake to his maniacal, hair-curling grin. My family and I watch it without fail every Christmas Eve. In 2000, a remake was made starring Jim Carrey, a film we all steadfastly refused to see. The film was a flop, and that is the only reason I can think of why we need yet another remake of this classic Christmas movie, which is entirely perfect just the way it is. Whatever the reason (his heart or his shoes), there is now another Grinch movie — called simply The Grinch — coming to theaters today. In a Variety article, the author discusses how in the film, silly Dr. Seuss words are replaced with words that sound like silly Dr. Seuss words, which have no point except that “the film has to offer something original or it wouldn’t have a reason for existing.” I don’t think it has a reason for existing. Just because we can keep adding original twists on classic stories doesn’t mean we have to or should.
Anniversary of Elf (2003)
Since I’m already on the thread of classic Christmas movies, this year marks the 15th anniversary of Elf (2003) being released, another movie that my family and I enjoy every year. And we can never say the word “Santa” without one of us yelling “SANTA! OH MY GOD! I know him! I know him!” So, enjoy this article celebrating the film… and please, do not ever make a remake of it.