Best Movie Reboots Of All Time
These are our picks for best movies that rebooted a franchise!
Honorable Mention: Power Rangers
Rebooting a franchise is never easy, but these films pulled it off by setting themselves apart from the originals and keeping what fans love most about the first installments. This Power Rangers film is a very modern take on the teenaged superhero outcasts. The movie does a great job of setting up the characters and introducing them to the audience and each other. The character-driven nature of the movie is surprising and welcome. The action sequences also deliver and the sense of fun is enjoyable. Hopefully it gets a sequel which could explore more of the mythology.
10. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
The Jack Ryan movies are the thinking man's action films. There had already been four films in this franchise before Kenneth Branagh took over the series to tell the origin story of the CIA analyst. The character was created by writer Tom Clancey in his spy novels and the role had been played by Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, and Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears. So, needles to say, Chris Pine had big shoes to fill, but he did so with poise making us forget about the previous incarnations. It helped that he was a younger more inexperienced version of the character, and it was set in the modern day. It also focused on his relationship with his wife as played by Keira Knightley which helped set it apart.
Gareth Edwards took on the King of the Monsters in 2014 after his indie film Monsters managed to scare while focusing on the characters. He did the same thing here by centering the story on a family in the midst of the giant monster battles. The creatures design is great and there's plenty of great action here too. It's a well-paced movie with an emotionally driven story. Bringing it all to the present day while using the original films as a jumping off point is brilliant. It's got excellent special effects as well which bring Gorjira to life better than ever before. This one also set up the MonsterVerse which now includes King Kong and many more monsters to come in the sequel scheduled for release in 2019.
8. The Incredible Hulk
Superheroes get more reboots than any other characters. This makes sense since they can be reinterpreted for modern audiences all the time which is exactly what the comics books did. One of the most popular characters in all of comics is Hulk. He had his own television series for many years, has been featured in animation, and of course movies. The best thing about 2008's The Incredible Hulk from director Louis Leterrier is that it take inspiration from the TV series and the comics while setting it in the present and not holding back the action fans want. Edward Norton is genius Bruce Banner and Liv Tyler is perfect for her role of Betty as well. William Hurt also plays General Ross brilliantly and Tim Roth is great as Emil Blonsky. While 2003's Hulk from director Ang Lee failed on so many levels this one succeeded in everything. It is the most underrated Marvel movie ever made.
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man had already been rebooted once and now twice in just 15 years. That'd make any studio or audience member want to give up on a franchise, but the character is so relatable people can't help but check out his movies. The most recent effort, which is a collaboration between Sony Picture and Marvel Studios, worked wonders. It's rare that you see an actor so in tune with a character as Tom Holland is with Peter Parker. Add in Michael Keaton as the villain and you've got one of Marvel's best films to date. It's got amazing action and effects and some spectacular visual effects, but most importantly it develops it's characters well and keeps the focus on the high school angle which sets it apart from the rest. Also, having Robert Downey Jr. show up occasionally as Iron Man doesn't hurt.
6. X-Men: First Class
After the critical failure of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this franchise needed a fresh take. Enter Matthew Vaughn off his hit films Stardust and Kick-Ass. He brought the series back to it's roots crafting a character-centric story about outcasts who find each other and join forces for a greater cause. Making it a prequel and putting the characters in the 1960s gave a film a totally unique look and feel. It was a stroke of genius introducing us to younger versions of the characters we knew like James McAvoy's Professor X and Michael Fassbender's Magneto, while also bringing in new heroes and villains such as Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw and Janurary Jones as Emma Frost. This one is one of the best in the X-Series and remains a great movie from beginning to end.
5. Batman Begins
Chris Nolan was inspired by Bryan Singer's X-Men in 2000 and thought that was the way to bring Batman back to the big screen. He did so in 2005 with Batman Begins. This is still one of the best superhero origin stories ever told and it's told in a grounded way that makes you believe a man would dress like a bat and fight crime. It is really more of a crime drama than a superhero film. Casting is incredible with Christian Bale delivering the definitive Bruce Wayne for a generation, Liam Neeson as the unsuspecting villain, and Gary Oldman as the good cop in a corrupt city, Jim Gordon. There's scary moments, and lots of action, but there are also moments of levity which help balance the film and make it all the more real. This is exhibit A when rebooting a franchise that's become too campy or silly which needs to be taken seriously again.
4. Man of Steel
Taking a page from his comic book counterpart, Superman was in dire need of a bold, modern retelling of the character's heroic, symbolic, and mythic origin, so Zack Sndyer directed the film from an idea by Batman Begins director Chris Nolan. Bringing the character to our current world from his home planet of Krypton, Henry Cavill played the part with angst as a man unsure of himself and looking for answers as to where he's from and how he fits in. His two fathers played by Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner do a great job and give him two unique perspectives on the world. Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Shannon an Amy Adams round out this all-star cast which supports the film and gives it weight. There's more action here than in any other film featuring the most powerful superhero of all time. It all works because it's grounded in an emotional story of discovery feeling like a first contact alien invasion film at most of the time without forgetting the fun and hopeful wonder of the character.
3. Casino Royale
James Bond had gone off the rails again, just like Connery in Diamonds Are Forever and Moore in Moonraker, Brosnan did in Die Another Day. Therefore it was time to recast 007, but when Daniel Craig was chosen, fans were in an uproar. After all, he was blonde-haired, blue-eyed, and far too short to play the tall, dark, and handsome spy. He proved everyone wrong when people saw the film directed by Martin Campbell which finally gave the decades-old character an origin story as a younger man who just received his license to kill. The rest of the movie, however, is where we get to know the man who would become 007 as he hunts down a villain, played flawlessly by Mads Mikkelsen, at a casino and meets his first true love played by Eva Green. The action is gripping and intense, Bond actually gets dirty, and not everyone survives. It's a thrill ride and a memorable one for it's risky take on the character.
2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
In the 1960s and 1970s the five Planet of the Apes films were met with varying degrees of success and acclaim. The original is still rightfully hailed as one of the best science fiction films ever made, but it's sequels left much to be desired. After a failed remake of the original film by Tim Burton starring Mark Wahlberg, the studio decided to reboot the series instead with a modern-day reboot. Rupert Wyatt directed Rise and brought the franchise to the present and introduced us to a character we could grow up with and have a connection to: Caesar. Played by Andy Serkis, in the role which will define his career, the character goes from family pet to revolutionary leader before our eyes and it's an amazing journey to behold. The performance capture technology is astounding and it only gets better in the sequels. With the trilogy now complete, I can say it's one of the best of all time because of the quality of the films and their commitment to strong characters and compelling storytelling.
1. Star Trek
The best reboot of all time is Star Trek. The television series boldly went where no science fiction show had gone before with a diverse cast and optimistic vision of the future, but after it was cancelled all hope seemed lost. However, a passionate fanbase kept the show alive for another season and the smash hit Star Wars caused the studio to make movies about the further adventures of the starship Enterprise. Countless series and films later the series again began to flounder. It's then that J.J. Abrams came in to direct the 2009 film which would revitalize the beloved franchise. The key here is the casting as these are some of the most popular and well-known characters in pop culture, but they did so flawlessly with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin all delivering phenomenal performances. The updated visual effects and high-octane action helped make the philosophical series more palatable for a modern audience, but it still maintained it's complex storytelling and devotion to well-developed characters. It's a film focused on the character's relationships, exploration, and unity.