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Remakes have a terrible reputation. Most of the time, it’s well founded. Every so often though, a good or even great one slips through the cracks. To coincide with the release of “The Upside” this week (a remake of “The Intouchables“), which English language remakes have managed to actually be good? American remakes often fall short, to be sure, but today we’re looking for the ones that went above and beyond.
For many, the big one on this particular mountain of remakes is Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” which arguably elevated “Infernal Affairs.” Likewise, there’s a contingent of folks who prefer Matt Reeves’ “Let Me In” to “Let The Right One In.” Then, there is “Some Like It Hot,” an utter classic that many don’t realize was actually a remake of “Fanfare of Love.” Along those lines, “The Talented Mr. Ripley” emerged out of “Purple Noon.” Consider these titles evidence that not all remakes are inherently garbage.
There’s plenty of other remakes that manage not to be shameful. In fact, a number of other ones have been well-liked and critically acclaimed. “The Birdcage” (“La Cage aux Folles“), “Brothers” (“Brødre“), “City of Angels” (“Wings of Desire“), “The Magnificent Seven” (“Seven Samurai“), and “Twelve Monkeys” (“La Jetée“) all have solid reputations and have devout fans.
The list continues with films like “The Pledge” (“It Happened in Broad Daylight“), “Prince Avalanche” (“Either Way“), “The Ring” (“Ring“), “True Lies” (“La Totale!“), and “Vanilla Sky” (“Open Your Eyes“).
There are even some other well-regarded American redos that kept their original titles such as “Everybody’s Fine,” “The Last Kiss,” “Scent of a Woman,” and “Solaris.”
Not a talking point this current awards season, there’s also Netflix’s “The Kindergarten Teacher” which hit and garnered raves and awards buzz, particularly for star Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Knowing that some casual moviegoers and critics despise remakes, put that aside chime in below. Which American remakes do you think are the best? We’re all ears!