I am going to go and put on my snobby hat and say that if we just roll our eyes back in our head and blindly cheer and wank on to all the remakes then you and I will both live to see the 78th Spider-Man reboot. I would categorize this as an apocalyptic event.
I do honestly wonder if it's alright or in any way beneficial to see this sort of thing, turn up your nose and think "well this is like X that already exists but not as good" or if it's just a form of dementia
It might just be me but I genuinely don't see the value in watching a lesser version of something. I honestly wasn't exaggerating when I said that you could spend the 8 hours of Stranger Things instead watching Poltergeist, E.T., Close Encounters, and a bit of Silent Hill. Stranger Things admittedly doesn't have the ambition to step far enough beyond those works to really establish its own thing, and those source materials are all actually fairly strong, watchable, creative things that they're drawing from! If you can choose between going to the Louvre and seeing the Mona Lisa and taking a quick glance at a black and white postcard reproduction of the Mona Lisa with the background truncated, a sensible person should hopefully want to see the real thing. I mean, the background is the best fucking part!
But it is probably clear by now that I am a disgusting purist and I honestly only watched these things because I ran out of Werner Herzog movies to watch, so it's for others to decide how much the opinion of such a person should count for anything. My hero is a guy who spent three years pulling a 300 ton ship over a mountain because it was the right thing to do, and I'm here with the audacity to talk about futility.
It's bit like hamburger vs game meat thing. It's bit like saying: this hamburger has meat in it, SOME kind of meat, so I guess now I know how game tastes and feels like. With this, I guess I can form an opinion on the original thing too.
You can't make distilled and great from simple and crude components - It's complex-to-distilled.
Let's think of an example. Recently, I watched the original Star Wars trilogy in their original versions, sans Lucas modifications. I didn't want any talk and abstractionizing on what it is: i wanted to use my own senses, see what is different than what I sensed from them as a child. No more Star Wars Battlefront or Abrahams versions of what it really IS for me. Hot question: are those movies really any good as I remember them as a child, or was it all just the power of novelty and inexperience?
Conclusion: yup, they are fucking good. I saw things different as adult, but I did still see how the things I paid attention as child really WERE effective still, which was cool. Lot of this stuff actually becomes even more clear now in 2016, since you got these comparison points between old movies/traditions/ways and the new shit like 2016 "lifelike" CGI and styles etc.
So what surprised me is how little the original has to do with any of the sequels. Originals are literally Indiana Jones - movies in all structure, the way the script and compositioning and flow is made. Jedi battles are tense samurai battles with one-hit-KO's, no wuxia-level boring fight ballets with bigger and badder blades and forced dumb colour symbolism.
Then next example. On third and last movie, my female friend joined to watch it. She never had seen any of the Star Wars, so she was tripping pretty hard lol ("this is so messed up, why would anybody make a movie like this?? why would anybody watch this shit??).
But a very, very interesting example of the "hamburger vs game meat" thing... or the watching a small phone piccie of Mona Lisa - thing with poor resolution... happened.
She and my other friend commented and laughed on the muppet-techniques used on the aliens in the movies, "look at how old and dated they look, look at that, how childish".
To this, I was thinking "Yeah, keep talking... I think I know what will happen next."
... So next moment, she is screaming and jumping in place ("AAA YUCK!! DISGUSTING!! HOLY SHIT!!") during the first action sequence of the third part lol. And both going bawwww at the bar band scene and going LOL at the kitchy 80's music in background
*smug, knowing smirk* *grinds down the eiffel tower*
...Because the good thing about muppets, is that you can make them a bit more alien or unpredictable in movement (un-humanlike) for one thing. At best, you can make them really FLESHY and disgusting... because it's lifelike and "analog". I mean, you can use actually real blood and flesh for it if you wish to construct it as such.
If the ears recognize even the slightest details of robot's imitation of talk - now, I wonder: what happens when human eyes and brains sees 3D imitations of the real thing?
So after watching the movies, me and brother mused that scene - would ANYONE batted an eye, if it was modern 2016 CGI? You know the deal: the way 3d works and moves. The subtle trends of how movement and "acting" looks like in 2016. The way you are forced to compose shots, to hide any mechanicality and lack of real-life dynamics. The subtle but ever-pervasing use of dull/matt finish lightning, supposedly 80's look of light lol. All the smallest details that make the actual thing.
You can get easy example of this kind of small things, if you watch the newest Death Star DLC of Star Wars Battlefront the current gen game. The scenario is 3-part map. The first part you are supposedly attacking a Star Destroyer, then at the third part you are flying on Death Star.
Pay attention to first part, which really fucks up lot of small things, but let's take the most obvious one: the matt finish actual star that is the backdrop of the Star Destroyer. 2016 as fuck.
Then, watch Death Star part - no more of that fucking matt finish, but for most part actual starry space and endless rows of mechanic walls below you. Now THAT is the SHIT, gets much more closer to effect.
And besides these small details, the great thing about enjoying the original real thing is that you often get lot of unintentional details.
The small, odd little things that you may remember as a kid but forget when you fill the details with symbolic shit ("why are they repeatedly filming that idiot just staring them?!" she shouts frustrated at third movies end, which yeah was a little bit odd but in a good way. But then I also realized that it's hard to describe the thing they wanted to convey with that setup... they used the same thing in Saturday Night Fever, and it really struck me how LITTLE i've seen that pictured in movies. I recommend that movie too.).
The way the actor's "acting work" in original trilogy, which has lot of 80's things in there. or harrison ford really killing it in the second movie. leia being a huge badass in first one. luke hamilton doing really great shit at the third one's end.
Me going WHOOAAA FUCKING HELL when the first movie's dive into death star finally happens, and I can't stop thinking that "that was really gripping good effect still, and they did that in the 80's!!! how the fuck!!!!"
the way of the pacing and dynamics... how all of trilogy always have at least some VERY quiet, observant scenes - you know, those 70's thing of filming somebody walking in distance for MINUTES, movie in no hurry to move on from the scene... and it really works in these movies, as the scenes are often really pretty and alien.
Somebody commented how Luke is really a huge tool for somebody whose supposed to be a bad ass, and hint: that's how it's supposed to be. if he wasn't a tool or a Humane Idiot, we'd be watching a lot of shitty shitty 2016 motifs of somebody standing MASCULINE AND ALPHA WITH A BEARD, filmed shortly from feet to upwards with CGI behind, and sternly shouting "You Can't Do This, Whoever. I Will Stop Your Dildo" or wtv.
I could really just go on and on. This shit rules. I bet in future we watch CGI re-imaginings of old movies and hologram robot imitations of real things, so that we don't have to experience the real things and real art, so that we are "safe" from that "contamination" of exposure lol. Oh you want to see me perform at my peak?? Naw just pay 30$ dollars licensing fee for a hologram of me and pay it to big corpos lol.