Sunday, July 30, 2006

A Ruined Memory

When I was 20 to my early 20s I loved The Dukes of Hazzard, and tonight, I watched the movie for the first time. What a waste of time and major disappointment. (Not to mention the waste of a rental fee.)

You know any man worthy of his Y Chromosome will find Jessica Simpson to be sexually attractive, but any man with at least one functioning brain cell will want nothing to do with her.

In the series Catherine Bach was also sexy, but she was sexy in a girl-next-store style. She came acrossed as a wholesome, decent person who just happened to be sexy. When Jessica Simpson played her, she came across as nothing more than a stunning figure showing a lot of skin. Catherine Bach will always be the only Daisy Dukes.

Uncle Jesse was originally a reformed bootlegger who had matured into a fount of wisdom and decency. Willie Nelson played an aged juvenile delinquent who never did grow up.

The original Duke boys were sort of outlaws, but in their own way they were also gentlemen. Not so the new crew. They were horny adolescents on the make and little more.

I once had the honor of meeting Sorrell Brooke, who played Boss Hogg, when he was making a charity appearance at the mall where I was the manager of a store. He was a nice guy and a real gentleman. He was nothing like JD Hogg.

Why is it that everytime Hollywood sets out to improve an old TV series, they miss what made the series great?


Blogger Lone Pony said...

I felt the same way about "The Horse Whisperer". The book was amazing, but the movie ruined the ending. Oh well, leave it to Hollyweird.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Haven't bothered with the movie, only because I figued it would be screwed up badly from the TV series.

8:39 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

cp You have the right idea

lp The worst "screw up the book" movie was Starship Troopers. The book was a carefully thought out philosophical thesis on violence and responsibility vs freedom with very little violence. The movie had a lot of blood and very little philosophy.

A close second was A Clockwork Orange which left out the entire final chapter which made sense of the rest of the book and turned it into a book of moral triumph rather than moral ambiguity.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Thanks for the heads-up. I won't bother to get it.

1:57 PM  

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