Were They Better Or Worse? Memorable All-Black Movie Remakes
Movies, reinvented with an all star black cast, make for huge talent and entertainment. Actors must ‘bring’ it, providing their own twist to the original version of the story in order to make viewers fall in love with the film all over again. At times, the remake may prove to be better than the original, while in other cases, they may as well have ceased production rather than infiltrate TV screens with a version worse than the original. We know some folk question why there’s even a need for black remakes in the first place so when it comes to the following movies, should they have left well enough alone? You be the judge.
STEEL MAGNOLIAS (2012)
Queen Latifah heads this all-star, black cast, replacing Sally Field’s heart-wrenching role, in the recent LifeTime movie. Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad and Jill Scott take over roles played by Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis and Dolly Parton. Did you all pay attention to the reception music? Wedding patrons were grooving to Wobble With It; one of the many cultural differences in the movie.
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THE WIZ (1978)
Michael Jackson wowed us as the lanky-legged scarecrow in this black version of The Wizard of Oz. Diana Ross eased on down the road as Dorothy in those sparkly red shoes on her quest to meet the Wiz, played by Richard Pryor, and the soundtrack to this movie was on fire too, thanks to Quincy Jones.