Gender And Race-flipped Remakes Like Ghostbusters And What Men Want Aren't Living Up To Their Potential

Actually, “gender and race-flipped” remakes comes across as patronizing, insincere, and/or cashing in on an issue. Remakes can be a good thing, if done right and with care. Gender flip like “Battlestar Galactica” reimagining where Starbuck was cast as female instead of male, was meet with resistance from fans at first, but was later embraced, more or less, because the new series was a breakthrough in many aspects (except for the season finale where they jumped the shark with the character), and it was the only “drastic” character change they did. Shows these days who change a character's attitude for the sake of “political correctness” is tacky. There seems to be plenty of this recently, and it's not right. Why not create something new and create new characters that speaks to the intended niche demographic?

New York (The Verge) — Gender and race-flipped remakes like Ghostbusters and What Men Want aren't living up to their potential….

Films that reboot familiar stories with updated protagonists aren’t a new phenomenon. They go back to at least the 1940s and films like Carmen Jones and His Girl Friday. But they’re finding renewed ground in films like Death at a Funeral to Paul Feig’s 2016 Ghostbusters to What Men Want and The Hustle. Given the chance to really take on social issues in a funny, relevant, smart way, why aren’t these films doing more with the gender- or race-swapped premises? Jesse Hassenger/@verge

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