Who Played It Best? Joe Douchett/ Oh Dae-Su
So, of course, the American way is to make an American version of this tale.
Josh Brolin headlined an American remake of "Oldboy" last year. A movie that never seemed to hit theaters. While I detested the idea of an American remake of a foreign film, simply for being popular, I decided to give it a go. I thought there had to be a good reason for director Spike Lee to make the film. There had to be a good reason why Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson all signed up for it. Now I have seen it and I am wondering how Brolin stacks up against Choi Min-sik?
My Two Cents
I said it last week, and I'll say it again, I'll never understand the reason to remake something that was already good. I don't see how someone can improve upon something that was already perfect to begin with. It's like a teacher give their students permission to re-submit a paper, and a student with an A+ paper deciding to re-write their paper, it makes no sense to me. I still would rather see people remake garbage, movies that have great ideas but fumbled in the process. Look, Josh Brolin is a great actor, one of the very best of his generation. I love him, and I love his talent. I can honestly say that I feel he gave it his all. But his performance just doesn't pass the raw power of what Choi Min-sik did onscreen. Despite being apart of the terrible "Lucy," I really hope Choi Min-sik continues to make an American breakthrough. Films like "Oldboy," "I Saw The Devil" and "New World" indicate that this guy is better than good. For these reasons, I think Choi Min-sik gets the edge on this one.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sound off on the comment section below. You have until next Wednesday to vote for your favorite portrayal.
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