12 Angry Men (Remake)
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  • The problem for me is that the original production was about as near to perfect as you can get

    • by Orrymain

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      In 1997, someone got the not-so-bright idea to recreate a theatrical classic, 12 Angry Men. The problem for me is that the original production was about as near to perfect as you can get. Headed by Henry Fonda and a legendary cast, this film was dramatic and intense. It had emotion and heart. It was simply phenomenal. In this remake, there is a good, modern cast, but

      the zing just isn’t there overall.

      Don’t get me wrong. The 12 Angry Men remake is okay. How can a film that includes a cast of Jack Lemon, Ossie Davis, Hume Cronyn, Courtney B. Vance, George C. Scott, Dorian Harewood, William Petersen, Tony Danza, and Edward James Olmose not be brilliant? Well, it’s not. It’s okay. To an extent it’s even good, but it’s just not as good.

      Lemmon ...

      • tries in the Fonda role, and Lemmon is a fantastic actor. I will go as far as to say that he was one of the last really great actors. He does have a different delivery style, though, and a different way of being forceful. It’s a slight difference, but it’s enough that it has his portrayal paling in comparison to the great Fonda.

        The story pretty much stays true to

        the original, but maybe it’s being in color that helps to go against the production as well. The first film was black and white and that actually helps with the angst and heat intensity of the story.

        So, 12 Angry Men the remake just gets an okay mark from me. Whereas I watch the original repeatedly, I only watch this version on very rare occasions. The effect is just not the same.

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