Stupid Sequels

Posted on Wednesday 23rd May 2007 at 00:00
On Sunday I took a couple of hours out of my busy schedule to go to the cinema. A little bit of organisation saw me there in time to watch the trailers for new releases before the film. And as we went from one to the next, I couldn't help but notice that not one of the half a dozen films being advertised was an original, they were all sequels. Not only that, but most of them weren't even the first sequel in their particular franchises either.

Now I'm not entirely opposed to the idea of sequels. In fact I quite like them. It can be fun being reunited with characters you like for another adventure. It's like watching a long running series on TV. But this really is a little over the top. The main problem with sequels is that they simply aren't as good as their predecessors. It is ok if they have been prewritten as a two-part or trilogy, with a continuous story line that links back to itself and which makes it seem like one long film. But when the original film ties itself off perfectly ok and then they make another one just to cash in on the success of the first one, I find that terribly distasteful.

The most obvious example is of course the Spiderman films, the makers of which vowed the other week to keep going until they can't make any more money out of them. This is a very poor attitude to film making if you ask me. Ok so I know these things are big business and a sure bet will be more likely to attract investors than a fresh new idea, but this is supposed to be an art form, and it makes me sad to see it being rogered by fat studio executives intent of bleeding the paying public dry.

So, what sequels are around at the moment? Well, Spiderman 3, Shrek The Third, Die Hard 4.0, The Bourne Ultimatum (Bourne 3), Pirates of the Caribbean 3, 28 Weeks Later, Alien V Predator 2, Boogeyman 2, Fantastic Four 2, Butterfly Effect 2, The Goonies 2, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Hills Have Eyes 2 and Hostel 2.


And that is just in the near future! Ok, so like everyone else I will probably find myself watching half the films on that list, but like most people I will probably be disappointed by what I see, and annoyed that no one seems to be bringing out anything new and original for me to love. Over the last few years we've had loads of epic new movie formats come out, but this year it seems that we are destined to re-watch old stuff, which isn't exactly my idea of a good time.

On the other hand, Next, which is what I actually went to see on Sunday was fantastic and at least slightly different from anything I've seen before. Go see.

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