Yeah but both versions have instant credibility because the 1932 version was a Howard Hawks film and the 1983 version was a Brian De Palma film.I mean, the 80s one is itself a remake, so....meh. Can't really care much one way or the other.
I'm not so sure. The big issue with the '83 version was (if I recall correctly) that it implied all Cuban "boat people" were potential Scarfaces. With this, I'd figure that they'd make it clear that isn't the case so as not to tick off a good portion of the U.S. population of paying moviegoers.If the scuttlebutt about basing it on the Mexican cartels is true, I wonder if it will upset Mexican-Americans as much as the '82 version pissed off the Cuban-Americans...:unsure
Pacino brings the emotion to the role, but the thing that has always, always, always bugged me is his accent. It's SO over the top. Really, all the white actors trying to play Spanish-speakers...it's just...difficult to listen to.The '83 movie was never a favorite of mine but it's perfect at what it tried to be. Gotta give it that.
The two strong points were Al Pacino OWNING the lead role, and the generally uncompromising & dark tone. Neither of those are likely to be repeated this time.
Here's the thing, though. Doing an extreme accent requires both skill on the actor's part, and the ability to accurately get across the regionality of the accent. Like, Natalie Portman's "British" accent is ATROCIOUS because it's not really "from" anywhere. It doesn't track to an RP accent, it doesn't track to any region, let alone any sub-region (e.g. "the sorth" vs. "estuarial" vs. "East London"). It's just "here's what an American thinks British people kinda sound like." To be fair, a lot of English actors do the same thing when they do the "hard-R generic American" accent. Very few actually manage to pull off a convincing American accent, let alone a regionalized one.I don't know the Cuban sound well enough to know the accuracy of Pacino's accent. But in terms of sheer heavy-ness of it, IMO it's not bad.
There's a phenomenon with familiar actors where even a little accent goes a long way in our minds. Look at Nic Cage in "Con Air" - the accent seemed really heavy & bad & overdone. But it's not really inaccurate for the character, it's just farther-out than we want to hear from our movie stars. I have met some deep rural southern guys whos accents really do sound as "overdone" as Cage's accent in that movie.