5 of the best movie remakes

From the Lion King to IT, it feels like Hollywood is on a mission to remake every film ever made.

But while the trend of destroying previously good, classic films continues, in no particular order, here are just a few of the best film rehashes that were, in fact, better than the original.

1. Alice in Wonderland (2010)

The Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp raked in over $1 billion at the box office. Depp, who played the role of Tarrant Hightopp (the Mad Hatter), was praised by critics because of his portrayal of the character. However, much of the film’s success was down to modern advanced CGI technology – it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the Disney original.

2. Scarface (1983)

Adored by fans worldwide and recognised globally due to its iconic “say hello to my little friend” scene, we can’t get enough of the 1983 remake of Scarface, which was originally made in 1932. While it is an overused term, this film probably has to be the biggest ‘cult classic’ film of all time.

3. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

The funny heist film is made all the better thanks in part to its large all-star cast. The elaborate plan to stage a heist in three different Las Vegas casinos is both thrilling and hilarious and is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat. Clooney, Pit and their pals knock the sock of Sinatra and co in the 1960 original.

4. Mamma Mia! (2008)

Technically this isn’t a film remake because it was never a film in the first place but was instead in the West End and on Broadway but we couldn’t resist putting this all singing, all dancing family favourite on the list. This musical romcom is sure to have you singing along to ABBA while laughing at the same time.

5. Hairspray (2007)

Musical magician John Travolta dresses up as Edna Turnblad, as she and her daughter Tracy Edna Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) sing and dance with her school friends all their way onto “The Corny Collins Show”. It’s a brilliant remake of the 1988 classic.


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