The Fly

David Cronenberg's grisly remake of the 1958 film of the same name, The Fly, essentially takes the premise of the original and follows it through to its natural, extreme conclusion - something not possible at the time of the original's conception, due to technological limitations. Though Cronenberg - along with his co-author Charles Edward Pogue - essentially keep the basic story the same as the original, they take the opportunity of the remake to expand the horrific tale into more thematically satisfying directions; many have read their version of the film as a metaphor for AIDS. Still, what makes this particular remake so successful is the uncompromising (and brutal) commitment with which Cronenberg pursues the idea of a man transforming into a man/fly hybrid creature.

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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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