20 Surprisingly Good Reboots And Remakes From The 2010s  

Terrance W. Pryor
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List Rules Vote up the reboots and remakes from the last ten years that had no business being as entertaining as they were.

Whenever fans hear about reboots and remakes, most of the responses can be negative. The best reboots 2010s, however, have surprisingly turned several fans into believers. Many of the individuals behind these retellings understand there's a history with the property. Instead of seeing it as a quick buck, they pay homage to what made the original great while adding their own flair. 

For fans, it's all about grasping what made the original product great while still enjoying its upgrades. Many remakes, including The Departed and The Birdcage, find themselves on the same level as the originals. Fortunately, these best remakes 2010s managed to captivate audiences in the theaters and on television.

It: Chapter One
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Bringing the Stephen King classic It to the big screen was a tall task. Folks who enjoyed the beloved '90s TV adaptation were just as satiated with Andy Muschietti's version though.

As expected, the biggest difference between the film and TV miniseries is the appearance of Pennywise. As envisioned by costume designer Janie Bryant, the title character has an iconically menacing appearance. “The costume definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will,” Bryant told Entertainment Weekly.

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Beauty and the Beast
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Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast was 2017's second-highest-grossing film with $1.2 billion earned. The ensemble cast, which features Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, gained unanimous praise from their majestic performances. 

One major change in the live-action version is Gaston's sidekick LeFou being gay. This led to a theater in Alabama refusing to screen the movie. The live-action film also introduces Belle's mother and a new character named Maestro Cadenza. While the Beast couldn't sing in the animated film, he belts out a new ballad titled "Evermore."

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Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Surprisingly Good Reboots And Remakes From The 2010s
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Les Miserables has been adapted numerous times since the novel's publication in 1862. In 2012, a film of the beloved 1980 musical version had moviegoers singing while leaving the theaters, and earned Anne Hathaway an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

There are a number of alterations from the stage version: the film features edited versions of some songs and omits Thénardier's musical number "Dog Eats Dog." The film also throws in a new song titled "Suddenly," which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.

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Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Surprisingly Good Reboots And Remakes From The 2010s
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In 2013, horror classic Evil Dead recieved a fresh reboot thanks to director Fede Álvarez. In Ash Williams' place is former substance user Mia Allen, who is played by Jane Levy. Despite the change of characters, Mia appreciates the chainsaw as much as Ash.

Longtime fans of the franchise embraced the new change in direction. "This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] Evil Dead without being the same movie," actor Bruce Campbell told Digital Spy .

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