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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Would watch it again
As a fan of the Nightmare franchise, NOES (1984) is in my top ten films to watch, I wasn't to sure what to expect from this. Don't get me wrong I have been anticipating this films release for quite some time. Having just watched, I have to say that I came out of the film with a smile on my face, and that is a good thing as I really enjoyed it.
It strikes me as strange that supposed "fans" of the original have been on the hate bus since it was announced that the film was being remade. I mean anything that keeps the character of Freddy in the minds of people and introduces him to a new generation is good with me. If you ask anyone that knows me I have been a fan of Freddy for a long time, actually when I was 11 I used to have pictures of Freddy on the inside of my desk, when most people had pictures of footballers or New Kids On The Block.
Anyway onto the film I really enjoyed that they used the concept from Freddy Vs Jason that if no one talked about Freddy he would not exist as it was the kids fear that fuelled him. I also enjoyed how they blurred the line between the real world and the dream world, not just using the micro-naps, but also visually. I really enjoyed Jackies take on the character of Freddy, there was so much anger in his voice. The humour was not over the top, which is good as it was getting really annoying in some of the sequels.
Some of the dream sequences were excellent too, especially when Kris is in the classroom and falls asleep. I also enjoyed the fact that it payed homage to the original and the many sequels that came after. I really enjoyed the very last scene were Nancy and her mum come home from the hospital a Freddy appears in the mirror and drags Nancys mum through the mirror.
The back story was good too, as you did not really know if Freddy was guilty of the sick stuff that he was supposed to have done, until near the end, it was good how they used a dream to explain the back story. They could have done a really cheesy thing and did the back story at the beginning and then something come up on screen saying "ten years later".
The score was good too, they used mostly the original music but updated it a little. The only issues I had with the film is that Nancy needed to be stronger she needed to be more of a fighter, also the dialogue was not the best, but then again the original wasn't that great.
Anyway I would definitely go and see this film despite what some haters are saying about it. I'm actually going to see it again.
Loving the New Marple Series
I can't believe that there are quite a lot of people out there that don't like the New Marple. I have been a fan of Agatha Christie from a very young age (10). I've read most of the books, seen all the movie and TV adaptations. While in my opinion Joan Hickson was Miss Marple down to a tee. I thoroughly believe that Agatha Christie would have approved of the New Marple series, if she were alive today. People seem to forget that Agatha Christie was an author who was ahead of her time, and there are many themes running through her books, that when they were first published readers did not think twice about. Now however readers are a lot sharper, about reading between the lines. Some people out there who blast this series seem to forget that scripts for the new Marple have to be approved by the Agatha Christie estate before they are made, and if her own relatives approve of the series. Who are we to say otherwise?