King Kong (2005)

One of the few films on this list that succeeds because of its reverential treatment of the source material, Peter Jackson's take on the Eighth Wonder of the World turns Merian C. Cooper's classic tale into a sprawling, epic blockbuster that hits all of the right notes. Lending the characters a level of three-dimensionality that was missing from the original, Jackson simultaneously recreates sequences from the original and adds brand new, spiritually consistent ones, all while hitting every story beat at just the right moment. Jackson's level of adoration for the original film is so complete that he actually conceived of and restored the "Spider Pit Sequence" to his film - a scene which was cut from the original.

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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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