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Response to Ghost of Tom Joad (Reply #21)

Mon Dec 27, 2021, 02:21 PM

26. *NAILED*! - and Box Office "wins" are their own thing, separate from artistic achievement.

Since the O.P. is about Box Office, let's grant that most of the reasons in the thread about the Box Office failure are correct - covid fears, alternative streaming venues, aimed at older base.

*** That said, the original stage version wasn't a hit, had hundreds walking out because it wasn't the gooey goodie thing that musicals were supposed to be. Guess what won the Tony that year: The Music Man, a hokey toe-tapper.

*** But back to the NAILED post: "Why remake a classic?" SPIELBERG said he did it from his absolute reverence for it (the music) that he played the soundtrack of endlessly since he was ten years old and that he has wanted to film a musical throughout his career. Fine, just personal reasons or even just personal caprice. Despite the small changes he made - correcting some historical details (Robert MOSES demolishing housing for Lincoln Center) and YES WOKE casting of minorities instead of face paint - his absolute accomplishment and tribute here is KEEPING THE BERNSTEIN MUSIC INTACT, that is all.

*** So note to SPIELBERG: It's. Been. Done. Although in a way, everything is a remake, including SHAKESPEARE. Aside from the ABSOLUTE MAIN BRILLIANCE BEING BERNSTEIN's MUSIC, its original concept was of Irish vs Jewish gangs, which might have satisfied some of those critics of the first film.





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