The original 1990 film “Jacobs Ladder” was a critically acclaimed surreal psychological thriller film that went on to inspire future filmmakers.
The same cannot be said for the 2019 “Jacob’s Ladder” remake. It’s regarded as one of the worst remakes ever made due to its hollow plot and lack of character. The film was such a flop that Rotten Tomatoes dubbed it “A needless remake that quickly loses sight of the themes that elevated the original, this is a ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ that leads straight to nowhere.”
While the 1987 "Overboard" featuring real-life love birds Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel was a smash hit, its 2018 remake should've been thrown... overboard in our opinion.
The remake attempted to breathe new life into the story by gender-swapping the characters. Despite the creative attempt, the film's acting and the script just didn't hold up to the original.
Stephen King's bone-chilling novel was successfully adapted into 1976's "Carrie." The film cemented itself in Hollywood horror film history as one of the greats. It then remains unclear why on earth anyone would attempt to try to resurrect such a classic. Even King himself asked, "Why, when the original was so good?”
The 2013 reboot couldn't fill the massive (bloody) shoes left behind by Sissy Spacek's exceptional performance.
Lion King (2019)
Rebooting the iconic Disney animated film "The Lion King" sounded like a good idea...in theory at least. However, the final live-action result was sadly underwhelming.
Critics slammed the film as lacking in soul and missing the message of the original animated classic. This was made even worse by the CGI animated lions that were almost too realistic to properly show the animated emotions that audiences have become accustomed to. While Hakuna Matata means "no worries" perhaps filmmakers should've had less Hakuna Matata when making the film.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
The classic piece of American literature, F. Scot Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby", has never had much luck when adapted for the screen. However, Baz Lurman's reboot of the novel and the 1974 film adaption was a major disappointment to Gatsby fans the world over.
While the cast, screenplay, and costumes were critically acclaimed, it was Lurman's over-reliance on unnecessary and garish CGI that left audiences feeling bewildered, but not in a good way.