What If These 5 Films Were Directed by Somebody Else?

Ever wonder what your favorite film would look like if it was directed by somebody else? No? Well, you’d be surprised how much you can keep the same about a film i.e. the script and cast, but a change in the director can radically alter the feel and perspective of a film so much that it is barely recognizable. So imagine what would’ve happened to these five classic films if they’d been directed by someone else . . .

The Shining – directed by Wes Anderson

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The Shining is Stanley Kubrick’s first foray into out and out horror. The director gave the film a mental instability and surrealist tone which explored the idea of a lonely, isolated family who suddenly have their reality  turned upside down as it gives way to the deep lying fears of their subconscious’s, and the secrets of the haunted Overlook Hotel which they have been tasked with looking after over the quiet winter season. So no wonder The Overlook Hotel is now the main reference point for any hotel that is either creepy or haunted, but the Overlook doesn’t want to carry a bad name all the time. It wants to become a knock about romp of a place where Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Ralph Fiennes can welcome oddball and dysfunctional families. Yep, this is a recut of The Shining in the form of Wes Anderson’s, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Incredibles – directed by Christopher Nolan

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We all know The Incredibles, it’s a big old popcorn, family-friendly animated blockbuster about a family of superheroes who are suddenly forced to, despite their own bickering, to save the world. It’s a funny and smart commentary on super heroes and family dynamics, but what if suddenly The Incredibles got a little more serious, a little grittier, a little, well no, a hell of a lot louder? Check out what happens when you bring The Dark Knight’s Christopher Nolan on board to pump up the intensity in this explosive recut.

Frozen – directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson

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Frozen, the film that got stuck in virtually every young girl’s head with its twee Soundtrack and that spawned endless viral videos of girls and even families singing along to its incessant tweeness. Frozen is the story of a girl named Anna whose Queen Sister accidentally dooms her town by forever having it frozen in ice. Anna must now unfreeze the town through cute, cupcakey (just made that up) songs, but not in its recut. Sam Taylor-Johnson takes the reins fresh off her Fifty Shades of Grey stint, and spices up this fairytale into a kinky romantic flick where Anna no longer wants to heat up the ice outside, she wants to heat things up inside.

A Goofy Movie – directed by David Lynch

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A somewhat forgotten animated gem, A Goofy Movie was criticised at the time for being too low key for a Hollywood picture. However, over time it’s been appreciated as a fun and heart warming road movie that follows Goofy and his son Max as they make their way across the country so Goofy can attempt to repair his fragile relationship with Max. Of course this is aimed at children, but that hasn’t stopped a recut of what surrealist auteur, David Lynch, director of neo-noir mysteries such as Mulholland Drive and Lost Highway would have done if he placed his fever dream touch on the film. Now Goofy’s got to put up with abstract phone conversations, jolts of electricity, and horrifying visions. So buckle up and take a trip down Goofy’s lost highway.

It’s a Wonderful Life – directed by Martin Scorsese

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It’s a Wonderful Life is what you could call a true classic because, basically, it has everything. It has the ability to make you laugh, cry, and jump up in joy and make you sing! (Yep, Barton Fink reference), but it also has the ability to deliver an important message on the importance of life: no matter how small, no life is meaningless, as George Bailey the protagonist in the film, found out. At the beginning Bailey is suicidal and depressed, he decides the best thing to end the pain is to jump off a bridge, but just before he makes the jump, an angel comes from heaven to show him how his life is not meaningless, how he has helped and changed so many people’s lives that if he wasn’t there, their lives would change for the worse too. It’s the perfect movie, so what’s there to change? Well, there’s certainly time for Bailey ol’ boy to head down the ‘illegitimate’ route. In a Martin Scorsese recut, the master filmmaker has pumped some Wolf of Wall Street vigor to turn Bailey into a corrupt, morally grey and manipulative sleaze-bag called, The Wolf of Bedford Falls.

I hope those recuts haven’t changed your view of those films for life, but if it has, then the video’s have done the trick at least!

Be sure to let me know below which recut you would pay to see at the cinema, or if you wouldn’t see anything of them, it’s fine either way.