That's not to say the first half is irredeemable, there are some good little bits, in particular a lot of specific shots, outfits moments etc that almost directly mirror the original.
No messing, that opening 10 minutes is some of the most beautiful heartbreaking stuff ever made, as we see Carl and Ellie's marriage and life together put together in one stunning montage, so good that if you arent in tears already by this point, this humanity thing isnt for you.
The Amityville Horror 10/29/18
Interesting watching this now while I've been watching Hill House on Netflix...I don't think this does quite as good a job on the evil house genre, but I don't think it's a total bust either.
Teen Wolf 10/25/18
Take every jokey negative trope of the genre and the decade, the horrendous slow motion montages, the terrible masculinity that being good at sports makes you suddenly infallible as a human being, the bad BAD soundtrack, massively slutty dreamgirl who of course is dating that older douchebag who des...
Practical Magic 10/25/18
The two sisters as children summing up their completely different attitudes to the family curse with 'I hope I never fall in love,' to 'I cant wait to fall in love!'
The Net 10/25/18
There are plenty of other bits though that felt a little silly and needlessly padded out with random techno-speak to fill holes.
I enjoyed it then, but I think watching it back now as a proper horror fan, I got so much more out of it and spotted all the more subtle horror references.