Thursday, July 14, 2011
Who better to tackle the Star Trek franchise with more confidence than J.J. Abrams? Though I was not a "trekie" and was therefore somewhat confused during the re-make, I'll admit it was a well produced, well directed, action thriller that kept me at the edge of my seat for the entirety of the film. Quinto's gentility coupled with Pine's brash masculinity made the two an on-screen powerhouse - not necessarily because they were the most powerful, but because we/the audience actually cared about them. Star Trek for the next generation was a brilliant idea, although the re-make doesn't have the makings of a cult-film and will probably not develop the same kind of fanatic following as its predecessor.
Sometimes movies are made famous not for their stories, or direction, or anything other than the chemistry of the actors. Audrey Hepburn had a tendency to do this. Sabrina is not one of Billy Wilder's most successful films, but the casting made it a classic. William Holden's boyish charm compliments Bogart's broodishness and both are utterly charmed by Hepburn's beauty and sweetness. Unfortunately for Pollack, his actors didn't quite produce the same kind of magic as the original, so the movie falls flat. Sometimes there's no replacement for the original, no matter how good the actors are.
Movie remakes do not necessarily hold the kiss-of-death, in fact; it is a terrific education to take a movie you admire and try to re-create it. Whether that is an exact re-creation or variation on a theme is up to you.