Do you remember Godfather Part II, The Dark Knight, or Toy Story 2 and 3?
Do you (achingly) remember Men in Black 2, Shrek 3 and 4, or Caddyshack 2?
What’s the difference between these sets of films?
Oh yeah…some of them majorly SUCKED.
For Hollywood, the world of sequels, prequels, and remakes is a tough venue to master. And honestly, whenever you hear that the hit movie of last year is coming out with a beloved sequel or any kind of movie cousin, you get a little bit worried: sequels tend to linger on the side of Why The Hell Did They Make This? So, whenever the deep voiced guy of the trailers proclaims that the latest blockbuster is birthing a new film with the number 2 at the end of the title, consult this guide to make sure you’re not about to fork over $15 dollars for a suck sequel.
-It may be suck if you wonder: “Where are they gonna take this?”
So you’ve watched the first film, you adored it, and the ending was satisfying, entertaining, and seemingly…the end.
But the trailer shows the beloved characters getting into more mischief, and a sinking feeling settles in the pit of your gut (it might be that stale popcorn, though). If the first didn’t provide enough room for a reasonable sequel, or just seems absolutely unnecessary (cough, MIB:3, cough) avoid it definitely.
-If genre is Superhero/Comic Book, Animated Cartoon, or Explosive Action
With these genres, it’s easy to produce sequels: throw in a new evil villain with even more techy gadgets, introduce more colorful characters, and add another greased hair bad guy and double the beers, bombs, and boobs.
But the story always reigns supreme – Toy Story 3 succeeded because it provided a heartwarming ending for its new and veteran fans, while also balancing new characters who developed the plot. Shrek 3 bombed (at least critically) because it was obvious its random plot twists and surge of new (annoying) characters were all creations of a greedy DreamWorks production team and justifications of its ninety-three minute script.
-If the first was amazingly great and its nearly impossible for its successor to out-shine it.
-The franchise is carried by a different, perhaps, lesser-known director with every succeeding movie.
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-This is probably the 6th film or so…
Really, how many Halloween slasher films is there now? Police Academy 6…come on. Hell, Rocky 4 was pushing it. What number do you need after the title to know that studios desire money, not critical acclaim? It comes to a point where the series becomes worn out…and so does the audience.
What do you guys think? How can you tell if that prequel, sequel, or remake is going to be super or suck?