Please Don’t Mess With Perfection

Some classic movies stand up as well today as they did when released… and remakes of said classics would not just be a bad idea, but an abysmal one. Think of The Godfather. This Is Spinal Tap. Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Natural. The Princess Bride. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Nothing about these films cries out, “Please, do it again but with modern actors, and tweak the plots for modern audiences,” right? When a rare movie is done well enough the first time, leave it alone.

Well an all-time classic is under siege in Hollywood, and one that we as hockey fans should tremble at the thought of what today’s filmmakers would do to a classic. Today’s Tank McNamara comic strip weighs in rather effectively on the supposed Slap Shot remake in pre-production:

Tank McNamara Slap Shot Comic March 22 2009Look: about the only person with the required foul-mouthedness and love of hockey to make a movie like Slap Shot alive today is Jersey-boy Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy, etc.).

But if someone with a true love of the game wants to make a hockey movie, then make a new hockey movie! Don’t mess with a classic just because that’s easier than coming up with a new idea.

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8 Responses to Please Don’t Mess With Perfection

  1. Capsaholic says:

    That’s great!

  2. Susie says:

    Y’know, I just don’t see the point of remaking a movie that’s already so good. With the exception of Ocean’s 11, I can’t think of a remake that was better than the original. Let Paul Newman rest in peace!

  3. MulletMan says:

    On the bright side, at least this means that they won’t be making Slapshot 4.

  4. twoeightnine says:

    I wouldn’t even want Smith to touch it and I’m a fan of most of his work. He’d still bastardize it. It’s a perfect period piece.
    Interestingly enough, I was at a Syracuse Crunch game this weekend and they have three fans dress up as the Hanson Brothers in a scene that is embarrassingly funny. (I had completely forgotten that they filmed part of the movie at the Oncenter.)

  5. Capsaholic says:

    Was there a Slapshot 3?
    Slapshot 2 was SO bad…..

  6. OrderedChaos (Mike Rucki) says:

    Yes, I’m sad to say that Slap Shot 3: The Junior League does exist. I’m sorry to have been the one to break the news… I know, I know, it’s like finding out there’s no Santa Claus while reenacting “that scene” from Deliverance.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245734/

  7. I didn’t think hockey movies were even big box office draws – what would compel somebody to rape a classic for such little gain? I mean, maybe if they filmed it in Vancouver, but I don’t know why Hollywood would touch it.

  8. Krafty says:

    no No NO. If you don’t understand something, leave it be! Especially don’t include Eddie Murphy!
    more info: http://rockthered.net/?p=408

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