I’ve said before, I’m not one of those people who become immediately offended when remakes are announced. Will Smith’s family can’t come and take away all the copies of Karate Kid around the world, it’s still there for me. No matter how much they try to destroy our childhoods, they can never truly win.
The news today that Brewster’s Millions, the very fun mid-80s comedy starring Richard Pryor and John Candy, is being remade by Warner Bros should have been met with annoyance by me. But, taking off those rose-tinted specs for a moment, I realise that it’s not a perfect film. Nor is the direction by Walter Hill or the performances by Richard Pryor or John Candy. They’re all decent but not definitive in the canon of any of them.
So, it is with great pleasure that I declare this remake a not-entirely-devoid-of-thought-although-mostly-not-needed idea.