If there is one thing Hollywood loves as much as remaking their own classic films, it’s remaking recent foreign hits, which is exactly what Delivery Man is, as it’s a remake of the awesome 2011 French film, Starbuck. But, as with those remakes of their own films, it can be hit and miss how these remakes of foreign films can play out. For every awesome, The Departed, based on the equally awesome Hong Kong action films Infernal Affairs 1 and 2, there are many very average rushed versions that just don’t have the originals je ne sais quoi.
So having loved the original meant I was both excited and sceptical to see a Hollywood version, but with Vince Vaughan as the leading man did put my mind at ease, even though he has had a few average films as of late. But generally the dude is awesome, and Wedding Crashers is still one of my all time favourite comedies. Also what made me more optimistic really was the strength of the original film, which made me think that even if they did an identical remake it should still be really good.
As I sat down to watch the film though and the opening credits played, I realised that the person who wrote and directed the French version, also wrote and directed this version. Of course that also brought up two conflicting thoughts in my head, one being that the magic he had in the first will most likely translate across better seeing as he’s doing it all over again. The second thought was the negative side of that, as if you are retelling the same story all over again, what’s keeping it from being stale?
And well, I guess it was kind of stale, in the sense it was almost shot for shot, scene for scene, from the original, which isn’t really a bad thing, but for someone who had seen both it was oddly familiar. They even used a couple of actors from the original film which made it even more a little strange, but once again not in a bad way, because if this was your first viewing, then it had all the tricks and surprises that made the first one so damn good.
So the question is, was this better than the first, and I must say it wad damn hard to separate the two seeing as they were so damn similar, expect for the actors and the language they were speaking. But, if I had to put my money onto one over the other, then I‘d say Starbuck, the original, was better. Though I will say that was mainly to do with the fact it came first and was such a pleasant surprise when I saw it. So even though that was the better of the two, it shouldn’t take anything away from Delivery Man, as I’m sure audiences will get a real kick out of it, especially if they haven’t seen the original.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!