How Do You Like Your Remakes?

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Netflix’s huge new launch for the weekend is Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, an anime revival of the favored graphic novel collection by Bryan Lee O’Malley. It’s a little bit of a bizarre bag; pre-release, O’Malley and BenDavid Grabinski repeatedly stated the present would supply one thing much like the comedian whereas additionally being a special expertise unto itself. But it surely was in all probability straightforward to overlook that, given how a lot of the present appeared prefer it was simply re-adapting the preliminary premise and functioning as a reunion for your complete solid of the cult traditional 2010 movie.

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Because it seems, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off is extra totally different than its predecessor materials, within the sense that it’s extra of a Ramona Flowers story than it’s the title character. With out totally spoiling issues, it’s her responsibility this time round to confront her Evil Exes, who themselves get deeper inside lives which are largely outdoors of Ramona’s orbit. It’s a gutsy transfer that (at the very least for me) managed to largely work, and naturally gotten no small quantity of debate flared up on-line. However on the identical time, it’s not fully surprising, given the media panorama we’re presently in.

Revivals and reboots of previous properties have solely gotten increasingly more meta lately. The Star Wars sequel trilogy was (usually) about what it meant to be a Star Wars fan, for instance, and the identical will be stated of the newer Scream films. Each Ultimate Fantasy VII’s remake trilogy and the lately launched Mortal Kombat 1 (which isn’t a remake of the unique sport, however a universe-wide reboot) pose the identical query, however geared in the direction of the characters inside these particular person franchises: what occurs after they notice they’re gamers in another person’s sport, and the way does realizing what their lives was shade their future? Not all of those makes an attempt to get meta hit, and a few might truthfully do to dial these questions again (or simply not do all of it), however you may cause that if one thing’s getting revived after being away for a lot of years, it’ll even be trying inward.

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For this weekend’s Open Channel, tell us how this storytelling strategy works for you. Is it unearned and overdone, what revivals and remakes do you assume have completed it effectively (or horribly)? Inform us within the feedback under.

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