You all know how I feel about remakes (and Trystan too, FWIW). I’m generally of the opinion that, since the same five films only ever seem to get remade, that remakes are pointless and unnecessary. There are SO MANY OTHER STORIES out there that deserve to get made, so please, for the love of god and all that is holy, COOL IT WITH THE PRIDE AND PREJUDICE REBOOTS.
The thing is, though, that often times a film does get made that just doesn’t cut do the subject or the material justice. So, here’s a brief list of films that deserve to be remade.
The Marquise of Darkness (2010)
This one is actually kind of a soft-pass since the TV series Versailles appears to be attempting to integrate the Affair of the Poisons into its second season. That said, Madame de Brinvilliers poisoning antics and subsequent high-profile trial and execution kicked off the Affair of the Poisons. And all we have to show for it currently is the highly mediocre The Marquise of Darkness, starring Anne Parillaud as Brinvilliers.
The Devil’s Violinist (2013)
I wanted to like this film so much, but instead, it was a huge letdown. Someone should give Paganini another chance, and this time cast someone who can act, rather than someone who can play the violin.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
There’s been a few renditions of this classic novel by Alexandre Dumas, the most recent being the 1998 version starring Leonardo diCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, and Gabriel Byrne. It’s not that the film sucked, per se … It’s more that, of any of the popular Dumas adaptations that get remade every five years or so, this one has fallen by the wayside. Also, the review of this film by Bizarre Victoria is well worth a read.
Dangerous Beauty (1998)
This film holds the distinction of being the one flick we couldn’t make it all the way through in order to podcast it. I’ve watched it a few times, and I always feel like there’s about 45 minutes missing from it, cutting scenes that would explain the characters’ motivations, and making the whole plot make so much more sense. Veronica Franco is a really fascinating figure in feminist history, and she deserves another shake, IMO. And maybe this time, no cold-shoulder gowns?
Are there any other historical costume movies you think deserve remakes?