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Dad's Army - The Film

crispybug2crispybug2 Posts: 2,915
edited October 2014 in The cake stop
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29536370


Despite what looks like a very impressive cast, I have a really really bad feeling in the pits of my guts that this will turn out at best to be a pale imitation of the classic original and at worst an unmitigated disaster!!

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  • finchyfinchy Posts: 6,689
    The writer is responsible for Johnny English and Mr Bean's Holiday. I don't hold out much hope.
  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 15,047
    Spin off films from comedy series are almost always a disappointment. But a remake? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 14,494
    Dads Army was of it's time.

    Any modern version is doomed to failure whoever is involved.

    Doomed.
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  • simonheadsimonhead Posts: 1,399
    Looks like i will wait til the DVD comes out, dont hold much hope for it.
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  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 15,047
    Don't do it Pike!!!
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  • metronomemetronome Posts: 669
    Without the awesome original cast, the show's just another sitcom. Sure it's well written and produced but ultimately the actors made it what it is.

    Also, not sure the original DA film worked. It was entertaining but it lacked something the TV and radio shows have.

    It'll be too difficult to watch the new film without constantly drawing comparisons and scrutinising it.

    None the less, I'll probably watch it out of interest.
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  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 6,512
    I think it'll be decent enough, I quite liked Johnny English and the StTrinian's films that the writer and producer have been involved with - light British comedies. Unlikely to be a classic but I was never a huge Dad's Army fan at the time, much preferred Rising Damp, Porridge and a few others.
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  • The beauty of the original is that people watched it over a period of time and got to empathise and genuinely like the characters. With a new film this just cannot happen.
  • crescentcrescent Posts: 1,088
    Look at the remakes of The Pink Panther and Sgt Bilko. They said it couldn't be done and Steve Martin proved them wrong.
    Oh no, sorry, he proved them right.

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  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 15,047
    As an aside. Can anyone think of a remake that bettered the original?
  • metronomemetronome Posts: 669
    Possibly True Grit!?
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  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 15,047
    Never seen the remake. The original was quintessential John Wayne.
  • simonheadsimonhead Posts: 1,399
    ballysmate wrote:
    As an aside. Can anyone think of a remake that bettered the original?

    There are a few films that are better as re makes, prefer the new Spiderman to the camp Toby Maguire version and Heat is much better than the original but there are no comedies that are better, close run things maybe, but none that are improvements.
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  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    ballysmate wrote:
    As an aside. Can anyone think of a remake that bettered the original?

    St Trinians, the 'girls' are much better in the modern version :twisted:
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  • ballysmate wrote:
    As an aside. Can anyone think of a remake that bettered the original?

    The Thomas Crown affair - one of my favourite films. Piers Brosnan/Renne Russo version much slicker than the original.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,519
    ballysmate wrote:
    As an aside. Can anyone think of a remake that bettered the original?
    You can make a good case for the following:
    Ocean's 11, Heat, Cape Fear, The Thing, The Fly, Scarface, Casino Royale, The Departed and Airplane!
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  • Most Brits sitcoms made into movies 'back in the day' were poor compared to the source, even classics like the Likely Lads, Porridge and the Steptoe films, not to mention the terrible Dads Army film. It could be that by the time it was felt a film could be viable ideas were already getting thin. Having said that this looks like decent cast and writer - I'm in a tribe of one but I think Mr Beans Holiday is both a beautiful hymn to rural France and one of the finest comedies of the last 20 years, despite the Bean franchise being otherwise sh!t.
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  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 7,077
    RichN95 wrote:
    ballysmate wrote:
    As an aside. Can anyone think of a remake that bettered the original?
    You can make a good case for the following:
    Ocean's 11, Heat, Cape Fear, The Thing, The Fly, Scarface, Casino Royale, The Departed and Airplane!
    Good shout apart from The Thing, the 2011 remake doesn't compare and I'd forgotten it even existed until you mention it.
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  • OuijaOuija Posts: 1,386
    seanoconn wrote:
    RichN95 wrote:
    ballysmate wrote:
    As an aside. Can anyone think of a remake that bettered the original?
    You can make a good case for the following:
    Ocean's 11, Heat, Cape Fear, The Thing, The Fly, Scarface, Casino Royale, The Departed and Airplane!
    Good shout apart from The Thing, the 2011 remake doesn't compare and I'd forgotten it even existed until you mention it.

    The 2011 version wasn't a remake, but a prequel. The 80's John Carpenter remake was ... erm... a remake (of the black and white 40's/50's version).


    I didn't realize Airplane was a remake.
  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 7,077
    Ouija wrote:
    seanoconn wrote:
    RichN95 wrote:
    ballysmate wrote:
    As an aside. Can anyone think of a remake that bettered the original?
    You can make a good case for the following:
    Ocean's 11, Heat, Cape Fear, The Thing, The Fly, Scarface, Casino Royale, The Departed and Airplane!
    Good shout apart from The Thing, the 2011 remake doesn't compare and I'd forgotten it even existed until you mention it.

    The 2011 version wasn't a remake, but a prequel. The 80's John Carpenter remake was ... erm... a remake (of the black and white 40's/50's version).


    I didn't realize Airplane was a remake.
    My mistake, was the original called The thing from another world?
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  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 15,047
    seanoconn wrote:
    Ouija wrote:
    seanoconn wrote:
    RichN95 wrote:
    ballysmate wrote:
    As an aside. Can anyone think of a remake that bettered the original?
    You can make a good case for the following:
    Ocean's 11, Heat, Cape Fear, The Thing, The Fly, Scarface, Casino Royale, The Departed and Airplane!
    Good shout apart from The Thing, the 2011 remake doesn't compare and I'd forgotten it even existed until you mention it.

    The 2011 version wasn't a remake, but a prequel. The 80's John Carpenter remake was ... erm... a remake (of the black and white 40's/50's version).


    I didn't realize Airplane was a remake.
    My mistake, was the original called The thing from another world?

    Was the original Casino Royale not a spoof, made outwith the Saltzman/Broccoli franchise?
  • mr_goomr_goo Posts: 3,755
    metronome wrote:
    Possibly True Grit!?

    Only watchable on DVD as you can put subtitles on to understand what Jeff Bridges is saying.

    As for The Thing. The 2011 was a re-make of a re-make.

    Can't wait for the re-makes of Harry Potter in ten years time!!
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  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 7,077
    Mr Goo wrote:
    metronome wrote:
    Possibly True Grit!?

    Only watchable on DVD as you can put subtitles on to understand what Jeff Bridges is saying.

    As for The Thing. The 2011 was a re-make of a re-make.
    2011 was a prequel not a remake :P
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  • metronomemetronome Posts: 669
    Another is Vanilla Sky. Enjoyed it a lot* where as Apres Los Ojos felt slow and under budgeted. Penelope Cruz was great in both.

    * tend to avoid Tom Cruise whenever possible. Except for Legend and Edge of Tomorrow.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,519
    Ouija wrote:
    I didn't realize Airplane was a remake.
    It's a remake of a 50s B movie called Zero Hour - which was a drama, not a comedy. They've basically got the same script - but one has added jokes.

    Here's a video comparing them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BjU-e01zQ4
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  • ProssPross Posts: 26,014
    Hadn't realised Airplane! had been a remake. Casino Royale is hugely better second time round but I'm not sure it can be classed as a remake as the Sellers version was censored and not really anything like the book. St Trinians = Gemma Arterton in school uniform = very good film!
  • MichaelWMichaelW Posts: 2,226
    arran77 wrote:
    ballysmate wrote:
    As an aside. Can anyone think of a remake that bettered the original?

    St Trinians, the 'girls' are much better in the modern version :twisted:

    But the script and acting are dire. Typical of any British made "grotesque" it relies on hamming it up and lots of frantic activity.
  • eric_draveneric_draven Posts: 1,173
    RichN95 wrote:
    ballysmate wrote:
    As an aside. Can anyone think of a remake that bettered the original?
    You can make a good case for the following:
    Ocean's 11, Heat, Cape Fear, The Thing, The Fly, Scarface, Casino Royale, The Departed and Airplane!

    I thought Heat was a brilliant remake,and from the same director
  • capt_slogcapt_slog Posts: 3,488
    I really liked the new War of the Worlds. I thought it was well done and not over the top with the special effects. I recall the earlier versions, and they were good for the time, but the new one was better.


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