It’s the weekend of the remake. We get four new pictures with wide releases this week, but three of the four are remakes of older movies (although one could be considered a sequel, I suppose, but rebooting a franchise is practically a remake regardless of what you call it). I suspect this will be one of the weakest weekends of the summer, and on the box office side it may even provide Rise of the Planet of the Apes with an opportunity to claim a threepeat victory.
First up is Conan the Barbarian. Purists may argue that this movie isn’t a remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle as much as a much more true-to-form approach on the screen. The problem is that Arnold’s take was so iconic that it’s hard to ignore it. Personally, I’m interested to see how well Jason Momoa handles the title role, but I can’t say I have much interest in Marcus Nispel’s direction of any movie, let alone a new Conan picture.
The big remake of the weekend is Fright Night, which apparently is a much more notable horror picture than I’ve given it credit for, to point that I’m planning on checking the original out this week. With a cast that includes David Tennant, Colin Farrell, and Anton Yelchin, the talent involved alone would be enough to get my interest, but horror fans are really helping the buzz surrounding both the original and this remake, making it one of the more welcome remakes we’ve seen this year.
One Day isn’t a remake of any type, although the concept sounds an awful lot like Same Time Next Year. The movie catches up on the lives of two people (who are sometimes in a romantic relationship and sometimes not) on the same day every year for twenty years. Again, the talent is enough to get my interest: Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, and it’s been a few weeks since we’ve had a romantic comedy, so maybe this will do well.
Finally, the movie that isn’t technically a remake: Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, a movie that isn’t just being presented in 3D, but in 4D (I’m assuming you’ll get a scratch-and-sniff card with your movie ticket purchase to give you smells to accompany the movie). Robert Rodriguez does know how to do the family friendly popcorn flick, as evidenced by the previous Spy Kids movies, and he even attempted to work in 3D before it was the in thing to do with his last few children’s movies. If it wasn’t for a new cast, including Jessica Alba, my interest here would probably be higher, but I’m not sure Ricky Gervais as a talking dog is enough to draw me into theaters for this franchise reboot.
What are you going to see this weekend?