Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Funny Games

Just saw the American remake of Funny Games (or at least most of it, I couldn't finish watching it - I saw the original German version so I knew how it was going to end) and I had to think: what's the point? Naomi Watts did an excellent job of acting in it, and at first I was absolutely amazed at the similarity to the original but a quick check of IMDB shows that Michael Haneke (writer/original director) actually directed the remake as well. Which really makes me wonder "what's the point?" Was it just to make an English language version? The remake was almost identical to the original they may as well just have dubbed the first one in in English. Hmm.. actually I was wrong the remake wasn't almost identical it was identical (the below was taken from IMDB):
*Director Michael Haneke also directed the Austrian original:
Funny Games (1997).
*The production crew used the blueprints from the 1997 original. The set of the house in the 2007 American remake has the same proportions as that of the 1997 set.
*The film is a shot-by-shot remake of the original.

Now don't get me wrong, the film is good and well done, but if you are going to watch it, do yourself a favor and watch the 1997 German version. Something about it being in a foreign language (and reading subtitles) makes it all that much more creepy. I just don't see any point for reinventing the wheel.

...and this film is creepy. *shudders*

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