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The highs and lows of the soft movie reboot

Unlike a conventional remake or reboot, which often abandon characters, plots and settings in favour of an entirely new approach, the soft reboot is less drastic.

It’s an approach that, if pulled off successfully, gives writers a chance to set aside years of increasingly complex canon and start again with a clean sheet, while at the same time retaining enough of the original property’s DNA to keep long-term fans satisfied. JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie is a prime example.

I largely agree with Ryan's point of view on this. We've gone from a string of sequels to a bunch of remakes, and now it truly is the era of soft reboots, which are kind of an in-between of the two.

I'm still not sure where I sit on whether I like the concept of the soft reboot or not. Ryan takes a look at Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys and Mad Max: Fury Road in particular, all of which I actually enjoyed (despite the spoiler-filled trailer that ruined Terminator Genisys).  I think that ultimately, we've reached a point where it's hard to surpass the magic and thrill of the original movies that we grew up with, but it's also hard to deny the desire to explore more of those characters and the worlds they inhabit because of the connection we've made with them over the last 20-30 years.

During a discussion on a friend's Facebook wall about this very topic, a guy called Alex put it perfectly; "We're all part of an abusive relationship with nostalgia. We know it's bad for us but damn it all if we don't still stay with it for that little thing that made us fall in love with it in the first place."

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