I couldn't agree more! Furthermore, I humbly submit to you other adaptations that have given the "kiss of life" to their dreary originals:
- The Christopher Lambert Beowulf, which was the first savior of the poem.
- Weekend at Bernies II, which finally resolved all those unresolved issues from the original Weekend at Bernies.
- Hannibal, which was a marked improvement over the historical Hannibal.
- Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, which gave the kiss of life to the Stevenson original.
- Mansquito, which is a definite improvement on Mansfield Park.
- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein -- if Mary Shelley had any talent, she'd have written that screenplay instead.
- Franklin and the Green Knight, which improves on Sir Gawain.
- Cormac McCarthy's The Road, which improved on Jack Kerouac's On the Road with the addition of more baby cannibalism.
- Van Helsing, which improved greatly on boring ol' Dracula.
- The town of Hamlet, Indiana, which is like Shakespeare without all the "prithees."
- Ishtar, which brought only honor and praise to the Sumerian goddess.
- World War II, which had the kind of climactic ending World War I lacked.
- Judge Dredd, which improved upon the concept of social justice.
- Paris Hilton, who has entertained far more drunken Frenchmen than Paris, France.*
- The "Bible Adventures" video game -- just the facelift that boring old book needed.
As you can plainly see, old stuff is boring. New stuff is always better. New stuff with special effects and big marketing campaigns are best.
*Oooof! Yes, I know, a very cheap shot ... I just couldn't help myself.