Jake Gyllenhaal’s Road House Remake Looks Even Worse Than We Feared

Summary

  • The Road House remake’s first images suggest that it won’t live up to the original, with a generic action film aesthetic and a comical tone.
  • Jake Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of Dalton in the remake is lighter and more comedic, distancing it from Patrick Swayze’s serious and stoic character in the original.
  • Remaking Road House was already pointless, as the original film’s value is tightly attached to its contextual elements and there is no significant twist or addition to justify the remake.


The first images of the Jake Gyllenhaal-led Road House remake are out, and they suggest what was already feared: the movie won’t live up to the original. Prime Video has launched its 2024 video preview, which contains footage from several TV shows and movies, including the first images from the Road House remake. While there are some encouraging aspects of this upcoming release, such as Gyllenhaal being the lead actor and The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, being at the helm, there was never much hope for this to be good, and the images confirm it.

The original Road House was released in 1989 and starred Patrick Swayze as Dalton, a man with a mysterious past who works as a bouncer in a New York City nightclub. Being one of the best men at his job, Dalton is enticed to take over security at a club in Mississippi. He meets Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara), the most powerful man in town, and someone who tries to prevent Swayze’s character from cleaning up the club. While it didn’t do so well with critics at the time, through the years the original has become a cult film. The Road House remake, though, seems unlikely to be successful in any way.

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The Road House Remake Looks Nothing Like The Original

Jake Gyllenhaal shirtless and ripped, posing in a martial arts fighting ring surrounded by rabid fans, in a dramatic scene from Road House

A proper teaser or trailer hasn’t come out yet and the footage shown of the Road House remake in Prime Video’s preview is rather short. However, two key things have already become evident. Regarding aesthetic elements, the upcoming movie will surely not try to evoke the ’80s look that is a significant part of the original’s value, as the cinematography instead suggests a generic action film from the past 10 years. The costume design, on the other hand, might be closer to the original movie’s given what can be seen of the bikers, who are the bad guys.

Regarding the tone, the feeling of the Road House remake seems slightly different. Part of the first film’s value and a huge reason behind it becoming a cult classic is the fact that it took itself seriously and there was no place for self-parody or other intended comic relief. The first images provided by Prime Video, on the other hand, while showing that the Road House remake retains the original’s violence, suggest a rather comical approach more typical of modern films.

The original Road House is available to stream on Max.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Character Looks Like The Opposite Of Patrick Swayze’s

Jake Gyllenhaal as Dalton in Road House footage from the Prime Video preview

Another very important aspect that can already be seen in the brief footage of the Road House remake is the difference between Jake Gyllenhaal’s Dalton and Patrick Swayze’s original portrayal. Besides its ’80s look and violent action tone, the 1989 movie’s charm is all about Dalton’s character. Swayze’s approach to Dalton was a response to the tough and stoic man stereotype. He is perfect for the job, as he is a cool-headed man able to solve the most dangerous and violent situations, remaining calm without showing emotions.

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, on the contrary, seems to offer a lighter approach. The comical tone of the jokes he makes while beating the bad guys up suggests that this Dalton will be closer to Peter Parker than to Patrick Swayze’s original version of the character. This is another aspect that distances the remake from the original and places it closer to a generic action movie from the past 10 years.

Road House Was Always A Difficult Movie To Remake

Leaving aside the fact that the footage does not look promising, remaking Road House was already pointless in a way. Considering that everything that made the original film transcendent is tightly attached to contextual elements, it’s hard to think of something new that would add value to the story. The aesthetic is entrenched in its time, but so are the tone and all the stereotypes that hold the movie together. Despite Jake Gyllenhaal being a far more talented actor, he is not even close to being as perfect as Swayze was for the role of Dalton at that particular point in time.

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For a remake to make sense, there has to be value added to the piece in some way, and to achieve that, a film like Road House needs a very interesting and powerful twist. Although that seemed unlikely, there was still a chance of that happening. However, Prime Video’s preview teaser seems to have proven otherwise.

Road House (2024)

Release Date
March 21, 2024

Director
Doug Liman

Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal , Daniela Melchior , Billy Magnussen , Jessica Williams , Joaquim De Almeida , Conor McGregor , Lukas Gage , Arturo Castro , B.K. Cannon , Beau Knapp , Darren Barnet , Dominique Columbus , Bob Menery

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