12 Monkeys

Terry Gilliam's wonderfully imaginative take on Chris Marker's relatively simple tale (La Jetée) essentially reinterprets a story where the primary goal is to get you to the twist ending and turns it into a nuanced, thematically rich character study. While Marker's (almost completely) still-photography-driven short raises interesting questions about memory and fate, Gilliam's expands nearly every aspect of the world (both literally, thematically and figuratively) in order to delve into even more facets of Marker's thought experiment. The way in which Gilliam plays the story completely straight in spite of the mounting evidence that his protagonist is simply insane makes for a layered, dense exploration of the original story.

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  1. Ross Murray • August 18, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

    – Nice look at SOME of the best remakes (adaptations?), though by no means complete. Here are a few others:
    – Ben Hur (1959), the great Oscar-Winner, as per the original silent in the 20’s (also very good).
    – Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Original: Boudu Saved From Drowning).
    – Cape Fear (1993, I think). Well directed, less innocent take by Martin Scorsese on the early 60’s original.
    Always fun when the remakes work; they often don’
    t.

  2. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:26 AM

    For ‘Casino Royale’, it is not fair to make a comparison because they were two completely diferent films. The first on with David Niven and Peter Sellers is a classic comedy, while the one with Daniel Craig is a more serious take on the James Bond movies. I loved both!!!

  3. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:20 AM

    I never saw the original ‘Departed’, so I have nothing to compare it to, however I loved the remake!!!

  4. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:17 AM

    What can I say? I love vampire movies, but this one was a little long in the tooth for me. I saw the orginal which was also slow but still it was much, much better than the remake! You know you’re in trouble when you keep looking at the time to see how much longer the film will be!!!!

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