Look, you don't need my cheesy defense of remakes in history from The Maltese Falcon and Ben Hur to The Thing and The Fly, do you? I mean, what's your favorite version of Dracula?
And for all the people trying to create rules about what does or doesn't make a worthwhile remake, but none actually hold up. Some great remakes are remakes of great movies, some of not so great. Some are completely different, some retain much of the originals moments and themes. Like song remakes, it's all in finding what part inspires the artist in a way that they can play it to their own strengths.
The problem, of course, is that we're overrun by remakes these days. It's one of the signs, although not even the biggest one, of the creative bankruptcy of Hollywood moviemaking. Almost none, if not absolutely none, of the recent rash of remakes demonstrates anything even resembling inspiration. Some have been competent, but all of them reek of having begun in a marketing meeting and being given to moviemakers more interested in making a movie or in making a movie with potential for more exposure than anything like true inspiration.
Whatever, though, I'll write more later, I need to pre-order tickets for 3:10 to Yuma...