‘Red Dawn’ is proof most films should not be remade

Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson and Chris Hemsworth battle North Korean invaders in 'Red Dawn'
Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson and Chris Hemsworth battle North Korean invaders in ‘Red Dawn’

[rating=2]Starring:  Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, Edwin Hodge, Brett Cullen, Alyssa Diaz, Julian Alcaraz, Will Yun Lee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Michael Beach
Director(s):  Dan Bradley
Writer(s):  Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore, from the original screenplay by Kevin Reynolds and John Milius

It is nearly impossible to evaluate the remake of a film without comparing it to the original.  In the case of Red Dawn, the original was a better than average film that was perfectly cast and told a topical tale of the times.

The same cannot be said in any measure about the 2012 remake directed by Dan Bradley.

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‘The Avengers’ is a work of superhero beauty

Scarlett Johansson in 'The Avengers'
Scarlett Johansson in ‘The Avengers’

[rating=4]Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson
Director(s): Joss Whedon
Writer(s): Screenplay by Joss Whedon; Story by Josh Whedon and Zak Penn

There are six certifiable heroes, each worthy of a feature film, each played by a superstar actor capable of carrying a feature film.

But there is no “I” in team. And there is no “I” in Marvel’s The Avengers, either.

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