An Open Letter to Hollywood:
I have a bone to pick with you. It’s a sizeable one in my opinion. I really, REALLY need you to stop remaking my 80’s movies. No, seriously. Just stop it.
As a child of the 80’s, I grew up with the brat pack and all the other various stars of the 80’s genre movies. I got pretty in pink with Molly. I had the time of my life with Johnny Castle and Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman. And I danced my ass off with Ren McCormack and Ariel Moore.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that the 80’s movies have more than a little cheese. But that’s part of what makes them so special. And you are ruining it all by remaking them. You could remake Footloose a hundred times over, and there will never EVER be anyone else that I think of as Ren McCormack except for Kevin Bacon.
Likewise, you can attempt to remake Dirty Dancing (which is just blasphemy, by the way), but Patrick Swayze is and will ALWAYS be Johnny Castle. And speaking of Patrick Swayze, don’t even get me started on the remake of Red Dawn. Next thing you know, you’ll be trying to remake The Outsiders and/or Top Gun and I’ll have to get REALLY mad.
I’m not saying that remakes should never be done, but there’s a time and a place for it. And it’s not time for the 80’s to be redone. Some things just don’t need improvement. As someone who lived through the glory and horror of the fashions and trends of the 80’s, I know there was a lot to be desired in that era. But our movies weren’t part of that. Of all that was wrong with the 80’s, the movies were not…we got that part right.
So go carry your watermelon somewhere else, Hollywood, and leave my movies alone!