The Best and Worst Reboots of All-Time
Movie and television studios have learned a few lessons in the last decades, and the most important one of all is — give the people what they want. Lately, this has meant movie and TV reboots. People love to see their old favorites either modernized or simply remade with the benefit of better technology and cinematography.
The percentage of reboots to original content has gone way up in recent years, so it’s time to take a look at the best and the worst reboots of all time. Some show that there’s just nothing you can’t do if you’ve got good source material, while others prove that studios will stop at nothing to make a quick buck.
Best – Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
As a franchise, Planet of the Apes has changed hands a lot. For now, let’s talk about the successful versions. The first movie version (based on the 1963 book) was made in 1968, and starred legendary actor Charlton Heston. That was followed by four sequels, none of which even came close to the success of the original. After a few different adaptions and even more reboots, finally producers hit on success again in 2011 when they made the prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Worst – Planet of the Apes (2001)
Even though the Planet of the Apes franchise has seen a lot of success, it has also seen its share of utter failure. The best example of this is Tim Burton’s 2001 film, which was a remake of the original 1968 film. Many people found the plot hard to follow, and the ending straight up confusing. Even people who were in the film admitted to not really knowing what happened at the end.
Best – Star Trek (2009)
The latest Star Trek series of films has captured the joy and excitement that surrounded the original television series, and brought it to a new audience, who may not have grown up watching the show, but who definitely heard about it from their parents. Now, entire families are heading to see Star Trek in theaters. The producers of the movie managed to capture the chemistry of the original cast in their updated reboot, and harnessed modern movie magic to create a world that is both creatively futuristic and reassuringly understandable to people today.