Reviewed by Bob Currie
Rating: 7 Beans
he newly released version of Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Psycho" is more than merely a colorized version of the original, but is a validation of Hitch's view that movies are made in the pre-production. Gus Van Zant ("Good Will Hunting") has used not only Hitch's original script, but also the original storyboards and music cues, and has crafted a very serviceable thriller. That having been said, the fact is that the sense of dread is somewhat mitigated by the sense of deja vu.
The fact that the film works at all probably says more about Hitchcock's blueprint than Van Zant's color Xerox copy. And this is another disturbing Hollywood trend in the making. It is bad enough that it is easier to have an expensive rehash of bad television shows, such as "Lost in Space", green-lighted than anything, God-forbid, ORIGINAL.
Now even the more revisionistic remakes, such as "The Thing" and "The Fly", will be discouraged. Why not remake "Citizen Kane" as a shot-for-shot color updating, maybe starring John Goodman (sorry Kenneth Branaugh, you're not fat enough yet, ego notwithstanding). Maybe "Star Wars" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" should go back to their old-time serial roots and be done in black and white, with cheesy effects and Buster Crabbe level acting.
The fact is, Hollywood is not satisfied treating us like idiots. Now we're idiot savants, blissful in the security that repetition brings. High concept has been replaced by quality control of the fast food variety. If they liked it in 1960, they'll like it in 1998.
Well, at least the shower curtain looked different.
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