HEIDI (2015) by Alain Gsponer
“The girl who has excited generations”
If there are films in which one asks herself: “Could it be even worse?”, there are others where the question is rather “was this really necessary?”. This film fits better on the second kind. I’m not sure if me being from the gen X, and growing while reading Johanna Spyris’s classic (“Heidi”), watching the acclaimed japannese cartoon, or even whatching the adaptations from 1937, 1952, 1965, 1993 and 2007… Anyways; this movie bored me to death. Furthermore, if you add to all this that the topic goes from the bucolic to totally cheesy, instead of being a hommage to life in the Alpes, it is the uttermost sleeping pill. This can be remembered as the most unnecessary remakes of all time.
I really would like to say that this film has something fresh (or new or funny) that the other versions don’t. But not only it doesn’t, it also empoverishes the idea of the whole Swiss girl in the Alps, making it look smaller and more insignificant.
For one thing I can give to the film is that, from all the little girls to choose, Anuk Steffen was a good choice. The shining of her eyes, her smile and the gorgeous landscapes picturing nature and rural life are the only good things to say about it.
As I see it, a remake needs to add something new to the original, wether in quality, originality of concept or innovativeness, otherwise, it should never be pictured. Like choosing a barroque frame for an amazingly beautiful painting… the result becomes too overwelming. I think the result of the industry making so many remakes of classics that are already good, is literally an involution and is bad for culture; and they are doing it even so.
Traducido por: Julia García.