Here on the Demise of Film, I talk a lot of shit on remakes. I know it and you know it. Remaking a movie is a difficult process. I shit on The Thing back in 2011 for having way too much CG, which I found out later was the fault of the producers. Despite crapping on remakes all the time, I occasionally find one that I really enjoy.
This was actually the first Night of the Living Dead that I saw. It was Spooptober for teenaged RJ and I saw NOTLD was going to be on later that night. I decided to watch it and initially thought that it was a colorized version of the black and white film. I didn't know a remake even existed at the time and we didn't have smart phones where I could look up every intricate detail of the movie.
Perhaps the best part of this remake is the return of John Russo, George Romero, and Russell Streiner. I've mentioned before that Resident Evil REmake is one of my favorite games and I think what helps this movie is the same thing that made that game great, it's the original creative team revamping a project they created years before.
I also like the effects quite a bit in this movie. They're very reminiscent of Day of the Dead and I think the team Savini picked did a great job.
I'm sure in the modern era of streaming that everyone has seen the 1968 original. The thing I enjoy about this one is it doesn't try to follow the same story beats as the original, such as Barbara not being entirely useless. While one may argue that it's too "Final Girl," I do think the film does have a bit of a balance and doesn't feature Barbara running into a group of zombies because one of them looks like her brother.
Overall, I don't think this replaces the original but I think it manages to stand on its own.