Can a remake enhance the original?

Did you know that many films, music or books you know and love are actually remakes of other stories, or at least borrow ideas from them? It’s said that there are only seven types of plots that all stories more or less follow. Moreover, sometimes even specific camera shots are copied with the same positioning of characters and props, as Star Wars did, which can be seen in this video from 4:27.

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by Amanda Niday

Some films that are considered “original” still follow the pattern of the genre. Disney’s latest princess movie, Moana, is a remix of different ideas found in their previous ones. Films such as Mulan, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog, Frozen, Pocahontas, Brave and Moana have each been taking the definition of what makes a princess and changed it in their own way, while still borrowing from other princess films. Moana, Elsa, Pocahontas, Merida and Moana do not marry a man at the end. Jasmine and Merida resist the role of princess put on her shoulders from birth and refuse to have their marriages arranged. Mulan is not even royal, but goes on a quest to save China. Tiana becomes royal by marriage, but goes on to fulfil her lifelong dream of owning a restaurant anyway. Since the beginning, Disney has been updating it’s definition of what makes a princess to be more current.


(sorry guys I missed a lesson so it’s not quite finished)



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