Hello my name is and like most people I get bored sometimes, not because of a lack of ideas but because of a lack of money.But what if money wasn’t a factor and you could do and have done everything within the rules that worldly possessions can afford you?Whoever this person is, they most undoubtedly would not gain the same pleasure from activities that you or I would.This is the main theme of the remake of the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair.
The original Thomas Crown Affair was written by Alan Trustman and directed by Norman Jewison who also did In the heat of the night and the 2003 movie The Statement.It starred Steve McQueen as the Financer, Thomas Crown, and Faye Dunaway as an insurance investigator counterpart to Crown, Viki Anderson.In 1999 the original was rewritten by Leslie Dixon and Kurt Wimmer, and was directed by John McTiernan who also did the first two Last Action Hero.It stared Pierce Brosnan as Crown and Rene Russo as Catherine Banning, the remakes version of Viki Anderson.
On top of the changing of most the characters names, McTiernan’s version has many differences from the original. The first major difference I noticed was in the cinematography.In the original, Jewison used techniques that were new to the industry at the time.He used a split screen technique to enhance the action scenes by allowing for more than one point of view, giving the movie more suspense.However, in the remake, McTiernan chose not to use this technique or even any other that is newer to film making.
Mctiernan’s makes it easier for the viewer to follow the plot and focus in on what is going on in the movie.In doing this, the remake loses some of the intensity in it’s action and suspense scenes. Along the same lines, the remake makes it easier for the viewer to know more about what is going on by showing more of both sides of the story than the original.There is more mystery in the original because although Jewison gives the viewer all the pieces to the puzzle, he makes them put the story together themselves.McTiernan’s version “connects the dots” for the viewer thus allowing them to better understand what is going on. McTiernan did this to make the film more viewer accessible because this was the film audience of the time.He also did this to make the story easier to follow as he most surely felt that the original was hard to follow for the average joe.
Another difference in the two films involves the political environment and culture differences between the late 60’s and late 90’s.As we are well aware smoking was much more widely accepted in decades past, and this can be seen in how both of the main characters in the original smoke cigarettes.Other than Crown’s celabetory cigar after a smart business move, Mctiernan left out the characteristic of smoking in the remake.McTiernan’s choice to do this was to conform character’s to the 90’s idea of the uberwealthy financer and suave high class investigator.
The second change I saw relating to the difference in political environment of the times was in the reasons why Thomas Crown chooses to break the law.In the original Crown dvelopes and executes a plan to rob a bank.Although he does it to see if he can pull it off, he also does it because he feels as though it is “him against the “system” and this is a way for to fight against it.
This was making a statement about how the people in the late 60’s felt about the government and its actions, mainly about the Vietnam War, and also is giving reference to civil rights.However in the remake, Crown steals a priceless painting from the Metropolitan museum of art because he only finds excitement in attaining the unattainable.McTiernan chose not to include this type of statement not because there were no wars, but because as a director he had been walking on thin ice after some of his films were relatively unsuccessful, and so he was unwilling to risk being rejected by viewers for being to critical of the government. In the original, Jewison portrayed Crown as sporty and sophisticated through activities.
He expertly plays polo, is passionate and skillful at playing chess, and even takes Anderson up flying in a glider plane.Similar to the original, Crown takes Banning flying in a glider, but in the remake McTiernan includes scenes which portray a different Crown.In one scene Crown endangers his life in a sailing race by wrecking an expensive Hurricane catamaran when he tries to pass the leading boat because he does a stupid dangerous move which capsizes the boat.When he is picked up out of the cold water by a yacht, it is apparent that he does not care what happened because he seems unphased by it and has on a smile.In another scene Crown is playing golf and hits a ball close to the hole from a.