High Fidelity: The Art Of The Remake
The art of the remake is delicate and finite. Sticking to the source material too closely can elicit criticism, but so can veering too far off. High Fidelity, a new 10-episode series from Hulu that premiered on Feb. 14, toes that line.
With Zoë Kravitz as its lead, this High Fidelity is a remake of the beloved 2000 romantic comedy-drama of the same name, which starred John Cusack as Rob, the misanthropic, obsessive owner of a Chicago record shop dealing with a recent heartbreak. The TV show and the film are adaptations of a 1995 British novel by Nick Hornby. (The story was also turned into a Broadway musical in 2006.)
Hulu’s version, with its Brooklyn setting and its hipster-cool-girl protagonist, is the biggest leap imaginable from the source material. Let's look at why that’s probably a good thing.