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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:56 am 
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Smokey and the Bandit (2016)

If you made a list of movies that don't need to be remade, surely 1977's Smokey and the Bandit would be on that list, even if only because the two titular characters are so inextricably tied to their stars, Jackie Gleason and Burt Reynolds, respectively. And indeed, both roles are iconic. They are the stuff of pop culture legend.

And yet here we are, staring down the barrel of a remake nobody wanted and nobody watched, but that is far better than it has any right to be.

On the surface, the idea of Smokey and the Bandit reboot starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone (really?) just should not work. It shouldn't work at all. And yet somehow, Cooper manages to capture Reynolds' bravado without doing an imitation, instead making it completely his own, and Stone's charming turn as the Sally Fields character is just as warm and quirky as the original, but with a modern edginess to it. They connect, they have chemistry, and they're both cool and funny at the same time.

In other words, exactly what was needed.

It also goes without saying that the driving and stunts far surpass the original, given modern technology, even if the car they're using (a current Camaro) isn't nearly as cool as the original.

If the movie falters, it's with Sheriff Buford T. Justice, playing with legendary gusto in the original by Jackie Gleason, but here done in a far too tongue-in-cheek, campy way by Jack Black. Yes, Jack Black. What unfortunate casting. When Black is good, he's good, but he's too campy for this role and completely lacks Gleason's immense gravitas and ferociously funny anger. It puts a major damper on what is otherwise a surprisingly capable remake and ensures that even while good, this one can't match the original.

Oh, and one last shout out to Idris Elba, who basically reprises his passable hillbilly accent from Prometheus for the supporting role of Snowman, the trucker. Colis stuff.

Overall, this one was a surprise that is well worth watching - and if you do watch it, you'll be one of the few who ever did. This movie tanked at the box office so bad most people don't even know it exists.

Too bad. It's way more fun than I expected it would be.

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This reminds me that Sweden and Norway got together to semi-remake Lord Of The Rings a few years ago, starring Christian Bale and Christopher Lee (yes, before he died). Didn't make a dent in the box office, but I suspect it'll become a cult classic at some point.

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Shoe is trying to kick off the Halloween season with something truly horrible. Well done, sir. Well done.

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This is just as wrong as The Longest Yard remake. Next thing you know they'll be making a neutered version of Blazing Saddles.

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I'm looking forward to the mashup remake era in Hollywood, you know it's coming.

Citizen Kane meets The Terminator in Citizen Terminator, wealthy media tycoon uses his final years to develope AI that can create time travel so he can recover his lost childhood Uzi, little does he know . . .

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Ericubus wrote:
Citizen Kane meets The Terminator in Citizen Terminator, wealthy media tycoon uses his final years to develope AI that can create time travel so he can recover his lost childhood Uzi, little does he know . . .

Co-starring Rob Schneider!

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