On Myth and Movie Remakes

Scooby-Doo-movie-remakesThe writer of Ecclesiastes once said, “There is nothing new under the sun.”  Such a statement has never been truer than in the case of movies.  As we endure the endless onslaught of prequels, sequels, remakes, etc, we strongly suspect that our age is derivative and has nothing new to say. It appears as if our time has lost the ability to create stories and has the talent only for taking the stories of and adding CGI, explosions, and tedious dialogue by performers who are easy on the eyes.  Though there is truth to such an excoriating critique, it deserves noting that these movies also function as our culture’s mythology.  What stories we keep retelling and how we choose to retell them provide glimpses into what we as a culture find most meaningful and valuable.

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