TRON Legacy: Why do we love the 80s?
With TRON: Legacy blasting the box office over it’s opening weekend (it earned $43,6 million) and with the year coming to a close, I have to wonder what has been with 2010 and it’s obvious 80s nostalgia. Let’s take a look at the film industry’s 80s remakes and general love of decade as a whole:
–Clash of the Titans: A remake of the 1981 stop motion animation cult classic. I heard this movie was pretty awful, not to mention the lambasting it got for it’s hasty post-production 3D rendering.
–The A-Team: Man I loved this show when I was little. “Don’t you put me on that plane, Hannibal.” Haaaaa. Alack, alas, I didn’t catch this one either.
–The Karate Kid: Will Smith’s vehicle for son Jaden by his own company Overbrook (hollaa!) Productions. This was the surprise hit of the summer despite…not…actually…being about karate.
–A Nightmare on Elm Street: Didn’t have Johnny Depp; doesn’t count.
-Though more sequels than remakes, 2010 also brought us another Predator movie as well as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Oh the irony of that one. I hear pre-production began just before the recession really hit, so bravo yee gods of timing.
-Pushed to 2011: Red Dawn, The Smurfs.
-2010 also brought us the 80s action-star-packed The Expendables as well as the silly Hot Tub Time Machine, starring none other than 80s darling John Cusack.
This is, no doubt the result of the Gen-Xers now hitting their mid 30s-40s and finding themselves in positions of power within studios and movie making machines. What does one do when they find themselves in such a position? Why, play with shit you loved as a kid, naturally. Being a Millennial myself I don’t have much of a nostalgic twinge for Clash or TRON, though perhaps in 10 years my show biz friends and I will be slaving away at an Empire Records remake. But with MP3s?? Hm.
Or we could just ::gasp:: come up with new stories.