Where did it go?
In the recent years, I feel as though I have not seen an original movie. I am constantly frustrated with the obscene number of remakes, sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and movies based on other things like video games.
I think the worst kind of unoriginal movie is the remake. It literally takes a pinkie’s worth of thought to remake a movie. The movie company also has less to worry about money-wise because there is already a built in audience with people who loved the original. I had the recent lovely experience of watching the remake of Psycho with Vince Vaughn, much to my dismay. It was a scene for scene remake, line for line and nothing new brought to it. It was a disgrace to Hitchcock’s amazing original that redefined horror for generations.
The next kind of unoriginal movies that make me extraordinarily frustrated are sequels and prequels. Just like remakes, they also have a built in audience which means they feel less obligated to actually make a good movie, at least in my opinion. Movies like The Mummy, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, are best left unmade, especially when the original was so iconic and epic. Movies like The Scorpion King, prequels, are especially horrific and lack even more originality and greatness, and they too should be left unmade, even though the two actors from Hawai`I were pretty awesome.
The next form of unoriginality is equally offensive and also shouldn't be made: spin-offs. Movies such as Wolverine: Origins are not only horrible to watch, but they are also just dreadful in relation to their original movie, and all movies in general.
Along those same lines, the original X-Men movie was also not even an original; it was based on the comic book series, which also upsets me because movies just aren't original anymore. There are no longer directors with original vision like Alfred Hitchcock. I miss originality.