To sequel or not…
Randy: Stab 2? Who would wanna do that? Sequels suck! Oh please, please! By definition alone, sequels are inferior films!
Mickey: It’s bullshit generalization. Many sequels have surpassed their originals.
This is a quote from Scream 2 and a great opening for this entry which I wanted to write for a while and re-wrote a few times cause it’s a good discussion, but one that needs considerable thought. Sequels most movies have them. Most great film studio stay on the familiar path, simply because it’s easy money, and if the sequel is received good, heck, let’s do a third. Don’t get me wrong I am a huge fan of the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones. But things go bump in the night, from time to time. Not all movie need it sequels, because the first part already s€&@$£. Sister act is a great example of a bad first, why they did a 2 is beyond me and even a musical.Most first movies are great but then they try and redo all in a second installment. Take for instance Ghostbusters (1984) was great , part 2 entertaining but not as great as the original. The same goes for Gremlins (1984). The original was fantastic! 20 Years after the movie is still great. But prt 2, well we could do without. It had some funny moments but again the first one can’t be beat.
A few weeks ago I read a rumor that WarnerBros has plans/ideas of remaking Gremlims…. I understand it’s outdated but if they would do a remake we probably get a CGI Gizmo(who would want that?. Like Yoda. In Empire and ROTJ he’s was a puppet, and besides his funny way of speaking, that was so loved about him. The CGI version in the prequels, was not Yoda. He was too shiny, I mean too animated instead of the awesome puppet.
But we’re wondering of, back to the sequels. Sometimes I really wonder why? But the thing is, most memorable films have a part 2 ,3 or 4. Think of a great movie and bet you, it has a sequel or is part of a trilogy. Are we as moviegoers so easily entertained? If we look at the classics like Citizen Kane, Casablanca, High Noon, To Catch a Thief, White Heat, hits in their time and no sequels. But back than very few sequels were made.
So are sequels inferior to the original? I think that question will always remain open for debate, as long as, we, the public love it, then why should the studio’s change. How far will they go making sequels, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, basically blasphemy. The last installments of the Die Hard franchise and Resident Evil, both were bad but still they’re thinking of doing a part 6. Actually Resident Evil already has a release date.
And with that said, here are a few trailers of great sequels:
28 Weeks Later
The Color of Money
The Dark Knight
Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
Indiana Jones and the LAst Crusade
Die Hard 2 (Die Harder)
What is your favorite sequel?