Watch This Side-by-Side Comparison of 25 Films and Their Remakes
Movie remakes and reboots have become the norm in Hollywood, with every existing property, it seems, becoming fair game for a do-over—regardless of its previous success or failure. (See: Josh Trank's Fantastic Four.) The video above by Barcelona-based filmmaker Jaume R. Lloret creates a visual dialogue about the remake trend by placing scenes from the original films side-by-side with their remakes, revealing the similarities and differences between the two, without making judgments as to which is better.
The supercut features 50 films from the past 56 years, with several genres represented. There are shot-for-shot remakes like Gus Van Sant’s Psycho (1998) and Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (2007), remakes that share a title but deviate from the original story like David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986), and a couple of head-scratchers that fans of the originals are still angry about. It's impossible to fully appreciate which elements the remakes borrowed from the original films, because this video only includes a few seconds of each film. But it does work as an interesting jumping off point to go back and watch the pairings to compare and contrast.
Obvious differences can be seen in some of the short snippets, like the switch from a male to a female protagonist in Evil Dead (2013). But the more subtle differences are in the way scenes are framed and how dialogue is altered, which requires seeing the films in their entirety. Lloret includes a few obscure selections, and a couple of films that some viewers may not recognize as remakes, like Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning The Departed (2006), which was a remake of the Chinese crime-thriller Infernal Affairs (2002), or Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys (1995), which was based on Chris Marker's short film, La Jetée (1962).
Watch the supercut above to see some of the choices the remake directors made, as well as the choices that Lloret made as an editor in putting this piece together.
Banner image via Jaume R. Lloret on Vimeo