By Adrienne Diaz and Amber Avila
While some reboots of old television shows and movies excite us, others have us wondering why they need to be made at all. We are currently at a point in the entertainment industry where creativity has been brought to a halt. It seems like the majority of recent and upcoming movies and television shows have been reboots, for example “Aladdin,” “90210,” and “Gossip Girl.” While the first few reboots were seen as creative retellings, the genre has gotten old. The excessive creation of these reboots has gotten to a point where they are just old and obstructing the creativity of new content.
One recent example of this situation is the new live action Disney film “The Lion King,” which was released in July. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ticket sales recently hit 1.46 billion dollars globally and 500 million dollars in American ticket sales. Despite the box office success, the movie has been slammed by critics.
“What’s missing? Let’s start with intangibles such as heart, soul, and the faintest hint of originality,” Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers said in his review.
Many critics and Disney fans are in agreement with such criticisms that the remake was a flop, completely copying the original scene for scene with only a few lines changed. Another criticism about the film is how the technology makes the animals so realistic that their faces are emotionless while the actors’ lines are full of character.
The list of complaints for reboots like this go on and on: lack of creativity, CGI hindering the emotional performances of the actors, and overall not being able to live up to the hype of the original. “The Lion King” currently has a score of 55 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the sixth live-action Disney film that has a rotten score, according to ScreenRant.
The backlash from “The Lion King” remake has not stopped Disney from making more. Disney recently announced that they are coming out with a new streaming service called “Disney Plus.” However, most fans are more concerned about their planned reboots, which include “Home Alone,” “Lady and the Tramp,” a “High School Musical” spinoff and many more.
But Disney is not the only culprit. Take the most recent version of “A Star is Born.” While the film was generally well-received by audiences and critics alike, it is the third remake of the 1937 film of the same title. Even when they get it right, it is still a remake of a remake. Where are the original concepts?
As we can see, this is not going to end any time soon. A remake of “Shrek,” “Scarface,” and “Mulan” are in the works. At the very least, let us hope the future reboots are at least more like “A Star Is Born,” well done, and less like “The Lion King,” a bland copy of the original one.