Sunday, July 25, 2010

too much time on my hands

You've Got Mail  has been one of my favorite movies for years.  Hard to believe it was made in 1998, but then it's hard to believe how long a lot of other things have been around.  Anyhow, I knew YGM was a re-make of another movie, but didn't think much about it.  Then I came across something in Netflix, and I read that YGM was one of 2 re-makes.  That got my curiosity up a bit, so I decided to watch the other two.   Through Netflix, I can get one movie at a time, so I started with the first one. 

The Shop Around the Corner was a charming little film, good characters, and I could see how YGM was a modified version of the original.  I could even see how some of  Meg Ryan's mannerisms were very similar to Margaret Sullivan.  I really like Jimmy Stewart, so all together it was good.

In the Good Old Summertime came out in 1949 with Judy Garland and Van Johnson, and this version is a musical.   Still good, and at that point a toss between the two on what I thought of them, leaning towards favoring the original .

I had YGM next on my queue, wanting to see them all in sequence.  Well, while I liked the original just fine, I have to give You've Got Mail my nod for the best of the three.  It may be a generational thing, but I prefer the modern day interpretation.  And yes, even though I've watched it who knows how many times, I still had a few sniffles at the end.  That's always a sign of a good movie!

Is this a sign that I don't have much of a life?  Eh, maybe.  But I must not be too worried about it, because I plan on seeing what other remakes are out there, and taking a look at them too!

1 comment:

Liz said...

Too much time on your hands is part of the job description of being retired, isn't it? If you can't handle it, I am sure I could help out!