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#421: Back in Black

December 7, 2009

Notes from the Manager

The remake's trailer can be found at Yahoo! Movies. The original trailer is online over at Apple. You'll notice that they hit the same major story points in the same order, even — although there are a few minor differences.

I don't think there's anything wrong with making a "black people version" of Death at a Funeral; I just think it's sort of odd that Hollywood would spend however many tens of millions of dollars to remake a movie that they could have just marketed better and distributed wider in its original release. Especially if they apparently weren't going to change all that much. (The original only cost $9 million to make!) 

It's also really strange that Neil LaBute directed the remake.

But… All that said, it's still pretty funny, and it's a really strong cast. A lot of people dismiss remakes out of hand, which I think is a bit too absolute. Some remakes are better than the original (well, The Departed is), and plays are produced numerous of times; so why not films?

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