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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 13, 2010 7:30 AM

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Good movies are good movies

I appreciate the article “In defense of remakes,” by Tommy Morgan Jr. in the April 5 edition of The Daily Iowan. It took a stance many people are uncomfortable taking — appreciating movies for what they are, no matter where the source material originates from.

I understand many people look down on sequels and remakes with very little hesitation. They are seen as distasteful. Ben-Hur in 1959 was the first remake to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The fact that is was a remake did not undermine the quality of the film. And what about in 1974, when The Godfather: Part II became the first sequel (and prequel) to win the Oscar for Best Picture? It is still considered by many critics and movie viewers to be one of the best motion pictures ever made.

In 2006, Martin Scorsese’s The Departed won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and the famous filmmaker’s first Oscar for directing. The crime film was a “remake” of a Hong Kong thriller Mou gaan dou. Nonetheless, the film was praised by critics and audiences, did well at the box office, and earned numerous nods during award season.

How can this be, if remakes and sequels are simply trash? Obviously, not all of them are. Some people complained The Departed lost authenticity because it was an adaptation of another film. Yet it is an hour longer than the original, and the dialogue and the characters are very different.

In the end, all of this simply means one thing — good movies are good movies. Let’s not care about where they came from or how they got there. What’s important is the experience. Perhaps the title of the article would have been more accurate if it read, “In defense of good movies.”

Darren Peak
UI freshman


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