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Does Nostalgia Kill Enjoyment?

My partner and I were talking about remakes, remasters and reboots of media franchises recently, he said that nostalgia can kill of enjoyment of franchises that either need new life added, via remakes or remasters, or long dormant franchises get rebooted for a more modern audience.

It got me thinking of times I’ve turned my noses up at franchises because I was attached to the original work. I have felt very reluctant to watch the live action adaptations of The Lion King and Aladdin, I’m worried they won’t live up to the standards that I feel the original movies set.

Although, I have listened to a few tracks from The Lion King soundtrack and I really enjoyed the live action movie’s version of the song “I Just Can’t Wait to be King”, more than the original, in fact. That shocked me.

Now that I have a Disney+ subscription, it might be time to take the plunge.

A Nightmare on Elmstreet 2010 | Heart Full of Horror

Recently, I was looking for a horror movie to watch on Netflix, I came across the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, while I like the movie now, I remember being absolutely repulsed by the idea of my favourite franchise being rebooted, despite it needing it after the quality of the sequels dipped. I also didn’t like the fact that Robert Englund was replaced.

I watched it and it wasn’t as bad as my mind had me believe it was. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as the original, it isn’t the worst movie to exist. I’ll be doing Nightmare on Elm Street posts down the line, so keep an eye out for those there.
In the meantime, here’s a review I found while I was looking for the Freddy photo I used above.

So, what do you think? Is nostalgia always a good thing and should you give any new version of old media the benefit of the doubt?

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2 thoughts on “Does Nostalgia Kill Enjoyment?

  1. I suppose as with many things it often comes down to the intentions or motivations behind breathing life into these dormant franchises. The recent live action Disney films seems to be mainly an artistic decision over money and profit. Equally there are many that feel like a cash grab. Probably the best in recent years was the remakes of the Resident Evil games which certainly felt and played better than the original titles and certainly didn’t suffer from the mists of time.


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