Thirty something robot guy who loves cake, tacos, stories and the future.
Because I believe in radiomancy, though calling it mp3-mancy seems dumb. But the shuffle button is the answer.
Since I was tagged by dorkilybeautiful I’ll do this thing.
Daniel Radcliffe for London Magazine (x)
First off, Kudos, Dan Rad. You are such a good guy.
Second. I keep thinking about this. People complain about reboots, part twos, and retellings. But that’s a super egocentric view of stories. Those people are saying—I’ve seen this story. I can’t imagine anything new being said about it. And they’ve forgotten that there are billions of people who have never seen that movie. Some of them haven’t seen it because they are NEW people. They weren’t around when the first one happened. So it’s cool that you don’t want to see the new reboot of some movie you saw in the 80s. But they don’t make movies just for you. They make them for everyone.
Also the current zeitgeist is not the same as it was 20 years ago, 50 years ago, or 100 years ago. That’s why Marie Antoinette with an 80s soundtrack was cool and explained something important about a historic character by using modern cues that are easy to relate to. Clueless as a retelling of Emma was so clever. 10 Things I Hate About You, was an interesting version of Taming of the Shrew. Warm Bodies is the only version of Romeo and Juliet I have ever liked.
One of the most valuable things I learned in college was to examine a text and find multiple, equally valid interpretations. It’s hard to do that on your own quickly—but when you talk to other people and actually are willing to let go of your first idea and see that their ideas can stand along side yours happily? That’s cool. Though on your own you do come back to a movie 10-20 years later and see it quite differently. You’re different. The story you see will be different. Movies may stay the same (ones that are filmed already.) We don’t.
We like stories we know. But being handed a story you know over and over without any change or new insight—gets dull. You begin to suspect the movie producers think you’re kind of dumb. But a person can take that story and tell it a new way. A way that makes the characters more interesting and tell it in a way that turns the whole story on its head. Forcing you to confront a different set of problems.
And frankly—there is always a BETTER way to tell a story. I did not love the first three HP films. Three was better and the ones after improved. But they had some weird moments. I have a day dream that some day someone will make a miniseries with the BBC or Dream Works and they’ll do like 12 episodes for each book. How great would that be?