This week we recast Maverick, a 1994 Western, comedy film starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner. This was based off the 1950’s television series that just so happened to star Garner in the title role. Maverick is one of a dying breed of mid-budget comedies that we rarely see anymore, which is too bad, because this is a very fun movie. Everyone brings their A-game and the chemistry between the principal characters is evident.
This week we decided to celebrate the solar eclipse by recasting the 1986 musical Little Shop of Horrors. Starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Levi Stubbs, and Steve Martin, this Frank Oz directed film holds up surprisingly well. The way this movie is filmed maintains a lot of the broadway aesthetic and that creates a self-contained universe reminiscent of life on Skid Row during what feels like the 1950’s or so.
Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy-comedy film* starring Michael J. Fox and nobody else’s name that you’d recognize. After all, the budget for this teen classic was a shade over a million dollars (1.2). Even though there may not be any other stars in this movie, it actually works in its favor. It adds to the small town feel of everything, which I think makes the fantasy aspect of this a little more…believable (for lack of a better term). If there was a kid who was in a New York City high school transforming into a wolf every night, it’s hard to believe that it wouldn’t be some sort of international story.
On this week’s pod, we recast the 1988 Tim Burton film Beetlejuice. This rated R comedy is somehow actually only rated PG, and stars Michael Keaton the year before his big role of Batman (also a Tim Burton flick). Keaton is actually in less than half of this movie, yet he’s the clear star and top billed. I can’t remember any movies off the top of my head where that is the case.