So I've reluctantly started watching Hawaii Five-0, and it got me thinking. Are we that wholly unoriginal that we'd rather just reproduce a pre-existing show than come up with new ideas (of course, its the new millennium, so sub out fat Hawaiian Kono for hot Hawaiian Kono). The answer, of course, is Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.
I say that because there are few things in the world that are more intellectually devoid of thought than that movie. And I saw Snakes On A Plane. In theaters. Typecast Michael Cerra playing awkward hipster who's in love with ugly girl with purple hair. But it doesn't stop there. He also has to beat up her ex boyfriends (all way better looking than Michael Cerra - seriously what is it about this girl?) who are about twice his size. I'll bet he ends up winning and gets the girl.
If the movie making business is anything like the real world, there's a chain of command that proposals have to go through before becoming reality. So this wasn't some stoned moron who created an independent film that won rave reviews. This was a corporation that funded a major motion picture based on the above. MULTIPLE PEOPLE APPROVED THIS!!
What's worse. Now, when I want to watch a TV show "On Demand" I have to see non-fast forwardable clips of Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. While watching Hawaii Five-0. Is there no justice in the world?
So perhaps the best, safest thing to do is err on the side of caution. The old Hawaii Five-0 was a great show. Its recreation isn't so bad either. So there's a lack of originality. It saves us from cinematic holocausts like Scott Pilgrim.