R is for Remake

| March 3, 2014

This past weekend I rented the latest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Though, the movie disappointed me, it brought me to thinking about remakes. The concept has been used countless times whether in theater, literature, art, music and much more. Romeo and Juliet is probably the most overdone example of a remake. When “art” is remade so many times, who does it belong to? Is it the original creator or the one bringing it new light? Or does it simply belong to the audience? It also makes me wonder why we either become disappointed or astonished by a remake? Is it the lack of originality or the originality?

Here is Carlo Carlei’s 2013 remake in contrast to Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968.