Remakes and Sequels Revive Hollywood This Year

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Remakes and Sequels Revive Hollywood This Year


Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ

It has long-standing query if Hollywood is losing grasp of originality because remakes, sequels and even prequels dominate the movie capitalas current landscape. So much so that revivals and adaptations might as well become a genre on its own.

But in 2005, vindication is at hand for Hollywood as remakes and sequels chartered the box-office triumph after years of miserable ticket sales slump. Just for this year, remake list include "The Longest Yard, "The Bad News Bears," "Bewitched," "The Honeymooners," and "Dukes of Hazard" among others.

However, hereas the five best from 2005. Proof that Hollywood is not exactly bereft of story ideas but the people behind it wouldnat mind relying on these few but credible jump-starters to reverse its blockbuster fortune:

"King Kong." Definitely the best remake the world has seen in recent years, Peter Jacksonas faultless vision of an epic "King Kong" flick was matched by an equally seamless silverscreen story-telling. From Naomi Wattsas performance as the Beauty-who-nailed-the-Beast/vaudeville actress Ann Daryl to the solid outputs of Jack Black and Adrien Brody, down to King Kong himself (whose very human facet is as tangible as his colossal presence), the film is one of the most well-woven adventure-drama in the entire Hollywood history. Take all the "Jurassic Park," "Godzilla" and "King Kong" franchises and still Jacksonas "Kong" is a no-contest winner. Detailed and dramatic as its entirety is, the movie excels in a pacea"packed, hold-your-breath-til-the-end, three-hour journey with so much emotions ranging from fear to love in between the magnificence and authenticity of the filmas special effects. "King Kong" is scary when the film beckons fear (the tribesmen that awelcomeda Jack Blackas crew); fiercely uptempoed when it summons speed (the dinosaur chases, the grand battle between Kong and the T-rex, and the finale at the Empire Sate Building); poignant when it summons love (whether between Watts and Brody or Watts and King Kong). …

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