Wendell of Dell on Movies is hosting a blogathon! As the title suggests, we are to explain why a remake is better than the original. I had a hard time choosing on what movies to write on: either I’ve seen only the remake/original and haven’t bothered watching the original/remake, or I prefer the original movie. So for this blogathon, I decided to go with The Parent Trap (1998), and how it was a better movie than The Parent Trap (1961). Note: my defense has spoilers, just in case you haven't seen any of the movies.
I think we’re all familiar with the plot, but for coherence’s sake, here it goes: two girls who look alike meet in camp and immediately do not get along. They eventually discover that they’re sisters and planned a switch in order for them to spend some time with the other parent as well as try to get them back together. Unfortunately, when one of the twins (Sharon - 1961, Annie - 1998) arrive at their father’s place, she is informed that he is to remarry a beautiful, young, but vile woman that the twins detest.
I grew up with the 1998 version, so I have to admit that nostalgia plays a part in my preference. As I've mentioned, there really wasn't much difference between the two movies, so it just lays in the manner of delivery. In the context of seeing both movies as they are, the original version has more strengths. It doesn't deem itself to be idiotic, as the head camp administrator mentions that they could be sisters, something not addressed in the remake. It also touches more into the everyday lives of the adult characters, instead of just motioning what they do for a living. While the 1961 version took the detailed route, it was also the movie's weakness, having a longer running time for a family movie.
Hayley Mills played Susan and Sharon well, spawning a Parent Trap trilogy, but it doesn't defeat the charisma that Lindsay Lohan's portrayal had brought. Lohan was delightful, charming, and vibrant, being able to transform from one twin to another with distinction. She had more childlike expressions, and had a more convincing transition to teen hood.
The original movie had one redeeming factor that could not be contended. Vicky is a fantastic character, and I love how she was used in the movie. Joanna Barnes could have easily stolen the entire movie, she deserves a spin-off.