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The Robocop reboot was one of the few acts of lazy plagiarism that I wasn’t really bothered by, and was in fact looking forward to.
“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.
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Kemira-608 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Well said :)
Anion-Edge Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
I'd agree with your assessment of Verhoeven, save for your opinion of Starship Troopers.  Being a big fan of Robert Heinlein's novels, I cannot watch Verhoeven's "adaptation," without both cringing and going into a furious tirade.

This isn't to say that the man wasn't a good film maker, he just, didn't do that one piece of source material justice, in this case.
DFX2K9 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A movie, in general, has it's work cut out if it's a novel adaptation. I've never read the novels, but given how it came out, and what little I know of the written work, the man could have done quite a bit worse. (We shall not speak of the Starship Troopers sequals, though. God help me, those where near torturous to watch)
RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Hmn, never saw the original, but your review makes me actually want to see it now =P Thought it might be 'Yet Another Hollywood Cashgrab'
SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're learning to embrace change!
This is good! Go with that!
VM893 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
just came back from seeing it. It was alright. certainly a lot better than I thought it would be. not a bad film, but it's hard to fully live up to the standards of the original. 
thegoodsamaritan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huh. It's actually kinda nice to see so many other people who are excited to see this movie. See you all at the theaters!
raieltoo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
I just watched the original an hour ago. Before that, I last watched it 2 months ago. It's aged very well. A few of the special effects may not be that great, but overall, it holds up as a timeless classic.
Chwen-Hoou Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
I'm gonna pass on it. Might catch the remake on cable if it appears but not worth blowing over $5 to see it. I might go see The Lego Movie again.
BATTILANA Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
I didn't like the remake version.  It looked nice and sleek, but this guy pretty much summerises my views on the remake.…
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