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Sequels: The Good, the Bad and the Mediocre

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In the realms of movies today, many sequels keep spawning in the recesses of the movie studios…some good…others not so good. Why is this happening? It’s because people are taking to heart the concept that there are no new ideas in the world. Rather, we as humans are simply reinventing old concepts for the newer world. While I do think that there is some relevance to the whole no new ideas concept, I still think that there are some fairly clever writers out there that can think up something better than such gems as Step Up 2, The Ring 2, etc. Each of these movies have several things that make them poor sequels.

1. The whole idea of a sequel is pretty much saying that it isn’t going to be as good as the first. The reason for this is the idea that “we can’t think of anything else, so we’re going to make another one of these” mentality. In reality, a sequel should be bigger and better than its predecessor because we’re already introduce to the characters and therefore should be able to start with just the plot of the movie. Very few sequels actually seem to realize this. Most of them want to reveal the characters to us again…on the off chance that a sequel doesn’t use the same base characters or have them appear in the movie…to me, it is another movie. It should be named as such (i.e. Step Up 2…etc.). The idea behind a sequel is that it is a continuation of the former movie…the same title with new character thing doesn’t fly with me.

2. Sequels should either be continuing the plot from the previous movie or should contain a plot complete and entirely to itself. Don’t try to rehash the same plot with a different antagonist…it’s irritating to be watching the same movie with a different villain (I’m sure many of you out there will agree).

3. For the love of God, Subtitle your sequels or change the title!!! I don’t think I have ever seen a sequel that didn’t have a subtitle which was any good…think the Step Up movies, Save the Last Dance, and others…the fact is that if they didn’t give it enough thought to give it a little something extra very rarely will it be any good (however, there are always exceptions to this ideology).

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that all sequels are shit because that’s not true. I’m just saying that a vast majority of them are…for ever Diehard franchise there is a Speed…for every good there is a bad. The title of this blog is even based on a movie trilogy which is excellent. It’s Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Name” trilogy which includes A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. These movies were brilliant and carried over a character as part of the continuity…they are well-made sequels. However, the writer and director of the films had a clear, artistic vision of where they wanted to go with these films…most sequels made today are just created as a cash cow.

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