Thursday, 8 July 2010

We’ve got to send you back… to the 80’s!

What is the fascination with the 80s? I know the 80’s gave us great movies such as Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and The Breakfast Club but recently it is as if we’ve all gone in the Delorean and gone back in time.

Evidence 1

The recent comedy Hot Tub Time Machine which has little laughs but mainly revolves around three forty something men trying to imitate the Super Bad teenagers as they literally go back in time in this time machine. Now this isn’t a review for the film and whilst it has flaws it is actually enjoyable filled with pop culture from our present time and the 80’s with lines such as “What colours Michael Jackson?”.

Evidence 2

The remakes and reboots. Let’s start off with probably the worst four offenders. To start with the A-Team has come out with a new cast such as Liam Nelson and UFC fighter Rampage Jackson (please don’t say UFC is the new WWE) which looks like it’s all about high explosions and racking up a body count.

Then you have Karate Kid which looks dreadful as Jacky Chan teaches Jadan Smith to kick ass kung fu style, replacing “Wax on, wax off” for “Jacket on, Jacket off” among other silly gags to entertain the adults seeing the movie because the kids won’t get it. Now I haven’t seen the new Karate Kid and with its grand score of 5.8/10 on IMDB I doubt I’ll be seeing it anytime soon.

And then we come to Predators which I have to admit looks great. Obviously it’s not going to beat Arnie’s “Get to da’ choppa” but it will beat the crappy Danny Glover sequel. With Robert Rodriguez producing an the cast consisting of Danny Trejo, Laurence Fishburne and one of my personal favourites Adrian Brody (I hopefully with be seeing it with in the next few day so review with soon crop up) as they try to survive on a Predator game reserve. Now weather it will be any good or something to be swept under the carpet it is obviously suppose to be the Aliens of the Predator series.

And finally we come to MacGruber which I have little time to talk about. Made by the people form Saturday Night Live it is based of the ‘Hit 80’s TV Show’ MacGyver. The film looks atrocious and even though it is only a parody it still is guilty of bringing back past memories for some people.

Verdict - Guilty as charged.

I wasn’t born in the 80’s, so I can’t play the “I remember it the first time round” card but they’ve done it for the 90’s so I can start to understand. For some people they might enjoy all this 80’s madness as it reminds them what it was like to be young but I’m sure lots of people hate the thought of it all.

For anyone reading who was born in the 80’s I ask; do you like these remakes and reboots or does it get on your nerves?


  1. i see what your sayin, but then we also got 90's remakes coming too, the problem is these cult movies have such a huge fan base that its pretty much a no risk situation, and occasionaly you get the success like Star Trek, problem is we always want more so their gonna give it to us in any way shape or form. and of course the advances in technology mean that film makers want their classics to be reborn how the invisioned it, now that they are able.

  2. Your right, as long as it makes money they will make it. I think it works sometimes like Predators which needs a big budget but with the A-Team it looks like they have taken its playful essence and replaced it with big explosion.