Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Hollywood has gone too far, what with the news for an upcoming remake of Roman Polanski's pitch perfect piece of cinematic heaven, Rosemary's Baby, to be produced by Michael Bay!! Horrors! As a fan of the original movie and the novel by Ira Levin, I am particularly livid, because few books are adapted so well (seriously read the book and watch the film-- it's impeccible how how it's transfered.) Plus the genius of Polanski was clearly evident, the immaculate production design, the grand, creepy pacing, the geniune horror and suspense of the material (which is all pretty much internal-- to watch the film again, it's shocking how really there's no violence or literal scares in the whole movie)-- which continues to make the film the classic it so deserves to be. The film is also a landmark achievement for Mia Farrow, with her classic chopped haircut and beautifully haunting fragility. She deserved an Oscar nomination, in my humble opinion.

So my point, why does a film still pertinent, still remarkably undated, still chilling need a remake. What possesses Mr. Bay to go forward-- few filmmakers are as grand as Polanski, how can a nearly perfect film be done better? How can you get an actress to match Farrow's iconic glory? Needless to say, I'm sure the finished project will be more blood-spotted and more choppily editted, possibly featuring a metal score to be better connected to 2008 youth (though that opening lullaby is still creepy as hell), but why? This is one of the cherished films that should not be screwed with. It be done before (Gus Van Sant's Psycho), but why?

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