Old Boy (2013)
The Korean (original) Oldboy is currently my sixth favorite movie as of right now. I’ve been putting this remake off because of how terrible it looked, but I added it to my watchlist for the year so I thought I should just rip the bandaid off and get it done. I was right, this movie sucked. It’s the kind of remake that’s completely unnecessary and has no reason to exist in the first place. I get that it would appeal to Americans because most are turned away by a foreign film, but this basically ruins the original. I’m shocked Spike Lee stepped up to direct this because it came out horrid; there’s no quality that surpasses the original in this version. I have this theory that Josh Brolin can pull off any character and truthfully he’s not bad in this, he’s just not meant for the role. And quite honestly, nobody could compare to Min-sik Choi’s Dae-su Oh. The major drag is the characters and plot. Change isn’t bad, only when it’s done correctly though. There are a lot of unwanted scenes which led to pacing issues. A lot of moments of tension and emotion is wasted, too. For example, in the Korean version’s ending, there’s so much going on that it’s hard to even cope with. Since there’s a lot that builds up throughout If you couldn’t tell, I don’t like a lot about this film, but it’s not the worst instance of filmmaking I’ve ever seen. For a movie that stands alone, it’s not that bad, it’s the idea that this came from one of my favorite movies that makes me mad. It’s unoriginal I guess is what I’m trying to say, and the differences suck. The only positives I can find are the action/torture scenes and the setup for the storyline (which are done 1000000000x better in the original anyways). I wouldn’t recommend this film at all. Watch the original for me, it’s on Netflix don’t worry... you’ll be a lot more satisfied anyways. 2.5/10.