I’m Sick of Reboots, Revivals & Remakes

Aren’t there any new stories in TV & movies anymore?

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Igor Ovsyannykov from Pixabay

I recently went to see the new Aladdin movie. I won’t lie, I was excited to see it. I’m a ’90s kid, and I grew up on Disney movies. So a live-action remake of one of the best ones? Of course I’m there.

And the movie was good. I enjoyed the music, the acting, the spectacle of it. Overall, it was an enjoyable film. But yet, I still left wanting something more. Feeling unsatisfied.

This isn’t a new feeling. Every remake, revival or reboot leaves me feeling this way. Especially those where I loved the original so much. Take the Gilmore Girls Netflix reboot for example. Sure, I enjoyed it. But it wasn’t the real thing. It couldn’t compare to the original.

I know I’m not the only who feels this way. Yet, every year more and more of these watered down versions of our favorite stories are released.

People aren’t begging for another episode of Roseanne. We could live without another Star Wars movie. Did we really need a new version of Men in Black?

So why do we keep seeing the same stories recycled over and over again?

If you ask me, it’s probably because it’s easier. Hollywood execs already know these stories are successful, so they want to try and repeat that success. But the trouble is, in trying to create a copycat, they’re sacrificing originality.

People have already seen Aladdin, and a reboot isn’t going to add anything new. And what it does add probably won’t really be of any true value.

You see, to create an entirely new story with new characters and a new premise is a gamble. No one really knows what will be successful and what won’t. So why take a chance?

So Hollywood has chosen to profit off of nostalgia, and so far it seems like a good choice. Sure, the reboots and sequels don’t make as much money as the originals, but they do still make money.

Meanwhile, us consumers are left unsatisfied and discontented. I love going to the movies, but to see something new and exciting. Not something I’ve already seen.

But until movies are more than just budgets and box office winnings, I suppose audiences will continue to be subjected to more reboots and remakes. I’m sure I’ll continue going to see them; after all, who can resist the pull of nostalgia? But I’ll still be waiting to see something original, something new and something that’s a true representation of the magic of movies.

Written by

Copywriter. Blogger. Wife. Bibliophile. Romcom Lover. Tea Addict. Grammar Nerd. Email me: maria.elharaoui@gmail.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store