7 amazing movie remakes that actually worked better than the original

To mark the release of Kong: Skull Island on BT TV Store, we look at the films that were arguably even better than the originals.

When it comes to influential classic movies, it’s almost impossible to find one that either hasn’t already been remade (in some cases multiple times) or there’s a remake in the works.

Indeed, it seems there has been an endless stream of movie reboots in the last couple of years. Fortunately, instead of being uncreative money grabs, many of these have actually been praised by critics and provided their own unique takes on the classic storylines.

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Here are 7 of the finest movie remakes available on BT TV Store now.

1. Kong: Skull Island

The King Kong franchise began all the way back in 1933, when Radio Pictures released the pre-code film King Kong. Ranked by Rotten Tomatoes as the best horror movie of all time, King Kong was remade in 1976 and 2005 and then most recently in 2017 for Kong: Skull Island – which is now available on the BT TV Store.

Starring British actor-of-the-moment Tom Hiddleston, Kong: Skull Island sees a troop of Vietnam War soldiers and scientists explore an unchartered island in the Pacific. Here they encounter a multitude of terrifying monsters – including the mighty Kong.

Receiving rave reviews across the board and grossing over $566 million at the global box office, Kong: Skull Island is a great choice whether you’re meeting this hairy beast for the first time or want a fresh take on this legendary monster franchise.

Kong: Skull Island is available to buy now and rent from July 24th on BT TV Store.

2. Ocean's Eleven

Ocean's 11

Ocean’s Eleven, the smash hit 2001 comedy-heist film is actually a reboot of the 1960 film that legendary stars included The Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and co.) and Angie Dickinson.

Both films involve their stars planning and attempting to rob a series of high profile casinos in Las Vegas. The 2001 reboot also boasts some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia.

The latter, was an absolute runaway hit, and has spawned two sequels. Slick and yet funny, it’s a treat to see such megastars in one movie taking the Las Vegas scene by storm.

3. Beauty & the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

It’s a tale as old as time, and one that has just been retold via an all-star live action remake. Starring Emma Watson and Downton Abbey heartthrob Dan Stevens, this film definitely had tough boots to fill. A remake of the 1991 animation classic, the original won an Oscar for best original music score and gross $425 million at the box office.

Luckily, the new version has won both critics and audiences alike. With a 71% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating, it has also grossed an insane $1.2 billion – and still counting. While it stays true to the original score and storyline, there are some new elements and backstories thrown in as well as several gorgeous new songs.

You’ll see once again the daydreaming but smart Belle get imprisoned by the Beast in his cursed castle, and how they gradually begin to fall in love with one another. With this Disney remake, you may just discover something there that wasn’t there before!

Beauty and the Beast is available to buy on BT TV Store from July 10th.

4. Godzilla

We first met Godzilla all the way back in 1954, when the cult classic Japanese movie Godzilla was released by Japanese film production and distribution company Toho. The film sees a giant fictional lizard-like monster that’s sole intention is to devour and destroy as much as possible.

Godzilla has gone on to spawn a multitude of sequels and remakes and has been made into American movies since 1956. Its most recent remake was 2014’s Godzilla sees Navy bomb expert Ford (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) reunited with his estranged father (played by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston) to complete a scientific mission in Japan. Here they discover that Godzilla has risen again, only now there are many of them, and there next destination is Aaron’s hometown – San Francisco.

5. Independence Day: Resurgence

Who can forget when The White House was infamously blown up by aliens in 1996’s smash hit Independence Day? We saw Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum fight off extra-terrestrial powers and save the world from mass destruction – and all in time to enjoy a peaceful 4th July holiday.

While Will Smith’s presence is absent in 2016’s remake, Independence Day: Resurgence still grossed over $389 million at the box office and has been praised by critics for maintaining much of the humour and guilty pleasure elements that was beloved in the original.

In this reboot, satellite engineer David Levinson (played by Jeff Goldblum) spots a massive alien mothership heading for Earth – and you guessed it – planning to reach Earth right in time for July 4th. Can David & co stop them before it’s too late? You’ll have to watch to see!

6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Based on a series of comic books, first released in 1984, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles led to a popular cartoon series, three 90s hit movies and then the 2014 reboot.

Teenage Turtles sees four teenage brothers that are transformed into mutant turtles with ninja abilities and survive under the mentorship of a wise giant Rat Splinter. They go on to take on various evil presences across New York City. This may sound like a load of baloney, but somehow it works, and it has become one of the biggest and most profitable comic book movie franchises of all time.

The 2014 movie stars include Megan Fox and Will Arnett and sees the four turtles go against Splinter’s advice to stay below ground (they live in the sewers) to try and destroy Shredder and his gang members, who are intent on causing as much destruction in the city as possible.

A huge hit, this reboot proves that people have far from forgotten about these pizza loving, fighting for justice mutant turtles!

7. True Grit

True Grit

1969’s True Grit is both classic John Wayne and a quintessential American Western movie. John plays the tough-guy US Marshall who is tasked to help a teenage girl recover her father whose gone missing in Native American territory.

It’s been a while since there’s been a decent Western movie, but luckily True Grit was remade in 2010. Staying fairly true to its original storyline, the new version has the advantage of starring some of today’s most prestigious actors – including Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon.

It was also created by the popular and quirky Coen Brothers and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. A box office hit, it received international critical acclaim and was nominated for 10 Oscars. So why not take a walk on the wild side and explore this Western reboot?

To buy or rent these films and more, press the BT Player button on your remote control, scroll across to Film or Store and browse now. Alternatively, press the blue button to search for the film you want.

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