Not sure what’s bothering me more, the broad fact that a remake of “The Manchurian Candidate” was made at all (and by Jonathan Demme, no less!), or the underlying lameness of the billboards I’ve been seeing for the film.
Did Paramount’s marketing department just throw in the towel or conveniently forget those millions who’ve seen the acclaimed 1962 John Frankenheimer masterpiece? Sure seems like it, because from high above the streets their ads ask “Who is he?” and “Can he be stopped?” Well [spoiler alert ahead for allayooz who Paramount must be targeting], he’s Raymond Shaw, and yes, he can be.
Now, I’m blissfully unaware of how Demme might have purportedly “updated” or twisted the telling of this ultimate way-ahead-of-its-time cold war chiller thriller (based on Richard Condon’s novel). Doesn’t matter; not interested. Even with the star power. Sure, Denzel Washington plays Frank Sinatra, Liev Shreiber plays Lawrence Harvey, and Meryl Streep does her best Hillary Clinton ó I mean Angela Lansbury. Hell, Lansbury’s even gone on the record wondering WTF were they thinking, and I’m so with her.