“WHAAAT?!” I hear some cry. “You can’t mess with a classic!”
To them I ask: Have you watched the original recently?
Unlike, say, Ghostbusters (1984), the original Robocop has not aged well, mostly because it was a satire and satirical comedy/comedy based on popular culture tends to date very quickly.
Also, because of the limitations of special effects at the time: Peter Weller now looks decidedly goofy clomping around “future” Detroit in that clunky costume. I’ve no idea how restrictive it was, but I’ve a sneaking suspicion that he took the Anthony Daniels approach to playing a robot and made a point of moving like the Tin Man in a monsoon.
The reboot has ditched the satirical slant of the original and become a character-based drama. Those hoping for a repeat of the ‘87 squib-fest will be disappointed. The new Robocop tale has more in common with Frankenstein, and dwells on Alex Murphy and his family struggling to come to terms with what he has become. There is little in the way of comical edge, Omnicorp/OCP seem less diabolical, Lewis has had a sex change and nobody melts.
Single Dollar transactions, however, are referenced.
You can’t really ask the question “Is it better than the original?” because they’re two different films that tell very different stories. One makes fun of consumerism and vast corporations, while the other is a cautionary tale of drone-based warfare. The only similarities are the title and the fact the main character is a cyborg.
Is the original good? Yes. Paul Verhoeven is a f**king genius. Robocop (1987), Total Recall (1990) and Starship Troopers (1997) are all among my favourite movies.
Is the remake good? Yes. It tells a solid story, sets in place a foundation that can realistically be built upon and doesn’t sully any fond (blood-soaked) memories. It genuinely reinvigorates the franchise rather than cheaply strip mining it for quick cash.
There is no reason why you cannot watch and enjoy both.
Peter Weller was the original Robocop. He recently starred in Star Trek: Into Darkness.....sans box.
I'm honestly a bit nervous about going to see this alternate version. I've enjoyed the original for Peter's role as Robocop, both in voice and in his body movements. It's as you said, the suit was no doubt constricting, but to me that added that feeling of "robotic authenticity".
That said, from my personal experience with most revamps/remakes has left me distrustful of such films. They're either Completely engrossed in 3D graphics the film feels like I'm being force feed the stuff. Or they become a Michael Bay esq style film with high explosions, loud noises and love interests that look like whores.
I will eventually watch Robocop 2.0, but I think I'll wait too hear from others who have seen it and for the netfli release.
Thanks for sharing, JollyJack.
Hmm... that actually sounds interesting.
I feared the worst when hearing about the new Robocop, especially since I hate the "Hey! Lets do a new version of a Classic!", usually spoiling both the first and the new one in one go...
However, this sounds to be an entirely NEW movie which bears watching.
I will hold off any critism until I have seen this one.
I don't know, maybe it is good, but the trailers left me with no expectations of it being so.
Based on the previews I've seen, I can see a lot of scenes where he still retains the silvered color and a more robotic appearance in the shoulders, but then scenes that I assume take place later on change him to the black appearance and Batman suit. Is this change supposed to be a physical representation of a character change in the movie?
I get why they did the hand thing—despite that hand being blown off in the original, and the comment about saving the left hand and total body prosthesis—it helps assist the imagery of the man vs machine aspect and gives the character a very human way to interact with other members of the cast. Making it the right (primary) hand ensures that it gets a lot of screentime. Got it. While I'm upset they used a non-American brand of motorcycle, I guess the Detroit Three and Detroit itself aren't really motorcycle manufacturers; additionally, the iconic US Harley-Davidson doesn't have the same dynamism as a Kawasaki does. Whatever. Not sure why Lewis had to be made into a man, but maybe a strong female cop would have conflicted with the family/wife plot points.
But considering they start him out in silver, and the fans loved him silver, I would like to know if there was an important artistic or story-driven reason for the color change. Because hearing Michael Keaton labeling it as "tacticool" really seems dumb and insulting as a fairly hardcore Robocop fan. I grew up as a very young child with Robocop acting as a "superhero" figure akin to Batman or Superman for others, and the original movies' art really set up my love for mecha/machines.
I actually was interested, then learned more about it... and your journal pushed me a little more X3
Plan to see the new one in the morning.
It sounds to me as if this needs to be a different movie. Just like the Death Race films which had far more to do with Twisted Metal than Death Race 2000. Or the Clash of the Titans franchise - that should just be taken out back and put out of its misery.