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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Sequels are normally not as good.

Its a common adage that sequels to a high profile event, album or film are never as good.

On the whole this is indeed correct.

For example on the event front: Woodstock II, Gulf War II, being a mature student, when Jesus returns to earth. All not as good the second time around.

Music?- How about Band Aid II, Any post-whitening-plastic-surgery-Michael-Jackson music, Limp Bizkit's version of 'Faith', Madonna's 'American Pie', Shania Twain doing "You Shook Me All Night Long"??? - AC/DC should be left alone. Kelly Osbourne - using Ozzy's name in vein. What All Saints did to "Under the bridge".

I could go on and on

It is much more obvious to look at movies that don't stand up to the original.

- The Matrix sequels spring to mind as not capturing the imaginative heights as the first installment.
- Indiana Jones and the temple of doom was terrible - except for that one scene where the bloke tears the heart out of that other live bloke and then holds it beating in his hand. Terrifying.
- All the Batman sequels are crap and don't match the dark and dinginess of the reality of modern life in Gotham city
- Revenge of the Nerds II is... well... nerdy.
- Highlander II - What were they thinking??
- Mission Impossible II - Were they even thinking?
- Jurassic Park: The Lost World - Quit while you are ahead.
- Predator II - No mini gun.

Obviously there are a few exceptions to the rule.

The Empire strikes Back (Star Wars Episode 5) was the second installment of the Star Wars franchise. The characters are more interesting, the story was deeper and the special effects were fantastic (Ice moon land assault is still kick ass) We also met Yoda.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King -2003 Peter Jackson's third film of the ambitious Ring trilogy is the best. Even if you were not obsessed with the books , this is one of the most breathtaking epic adventure films ever made. It's fantasy and humanistic elements are blended seamlessly at least until the film's sappy last half hour. You can quibble about all kinds of things with the films (yeah some interesting characters were left out of the series - I want to BE Tom Bombadill) but they are just quibbles. It's an incredible 3 and a half hour long experience.

ALiens - Directed by James Cameron. The first Alien set this film up perfectly and it managed to go one further - good sets and scary plot. Perfect female lead - tuff but feminine Sigourney Weaver as Ripley. Incredible special effects highlight the film.
Excellent one liners - Alien opens the door to the Armored vehicle, shotgun in it's mouth "Eat this" - Boom.
Or,
"Let go of her you BITCH"
Gold.

The Godfather Part II springs to mind directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It would have been hard to top the original Godfather-- particularly Brando's acting. A wider story retracing the history of the Corleone family and the continuation of that story. The movie includes a host of impressive performances from an impressive cast that includes Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, John Cazalle, and Robert Duvall who are eclipsed by a stunning performance from Al Pacino.

Superman II - super.

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey - Philosophy, physics and humour for early 90's teens to chew on.

You are welcome to suggest further examples for all sides.

Jordan Carter has looked into what kind of topics Brash could focus on in his Orewa II sequel speech next week.

Let me make a prediction: Brash's Orewa sequel will not live up to the same sequel status that say the sequel status of say "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" received and instead will fall to the disturbingly crap sequel status of say any of the films that dared try to try and build on the status of "The silence of the lambs".

14 Comments:

  • I hoped that Gulf War II would bring Clooney, Wahlberg and Cube back for a Three Kings sequel (Four Kings?). Nonetheless, you are spot on with your music sequelitis.

    The movie front is all good too. Might I add a couple?

    Bad:

    Shock Treatment - After Rocky Horror Picture Show, where can you go?

    The Two Jakes - Nothing on Chinatown

    Good:

    Terminator 2 - Apart for Arnie's cheesy 'right on' into the iron furnace at the end (one mitigates the other), one smooth mofo of a story.

    Toy Story 2 - Sugar content aside, it's all good.

    Spiderman 2 - Alternative Fuels do-gooder vs. geeky teenager with a non-stick problem. Fortunately, Kirsten Dunst is around to get him sticky again.

    By Blogger Zippy Gonzales, at 7:05 PM  

  • As an expansion to your thesis, I would add that if sequels aren't usually as good as their predecessor, prequels are almost univerally worse. Springing to mind, of course, is Lucas's perversion of Star Wars. Just what the hell was the guy thinking with episodes 1 and 2? Jar Jar Binks was quite possibly the most annoying character ever created and in episode 2, what's with that bit when OB1 falls through the sky from one flying-car to another? I mean, as if! I do not hope to believe that episode 3 will be any better than the original movies, but hopefully George can at least muster a performance to salvage what's left of the reputation of the Star Wars franchise.

    By Blogger Rob, at 1:28 AM  

  • here's hoping that the relaunch of the Batman franchise, which starts it back at the beginning, in Bruce Wayne's first year in the bat suit, will prove you wrong. it'll be out here late June (finally).

    By Blogger span, at 9:15 AM  

  • The Bridget Jones sequel is awful too.

    Silence of the Lambs is probably the best sequel.

    By Blogger Nigel Kearney, at 9:43 AM  

  • I thought about terminator 2 however I consider it on par with the original. The first one is heaps darker and more scary. Of course they are in different eras of film making so the special effects in 2 where amazing - however they are matched if you look at the relative special effects of the first.

    Oh and who could forget
    "Sarah Connor?"
    - "Yes"
    Bang.

    People hated Terminator 3, i remember it coming out at the same time as the new matrix movies and rated them higher based souly on the chase scene with the crain.

    By Blogger Constar, at 12:00 PM  

  • Why do people hate the Star Wars prequels so much? Aside from that stupied love sceen... Jaja... And the sense that the movie was a two hour long toy commercial.

    I mean Yoda kicked ass in the last one and the clone battle scene is great.

    Remember the movies are not ment for you, unless you are 7-12 years old. You bring to much baggage to the films from your experiences with the orginal ones.
    I mean Jake the Muss was in the last one and our Anna will be in the next.

    Agreed they are not as cool. But there are cool bits.
    I cant wait to see the next one!

    I am a loser.

    By Blogger Constar, at 12:18 PM  

  • The fight scene between Yoda and Christopher Lee's character (can't remember his name) in the second prequel was terrible, Conor! It was just obscenely cartoonish. Tsk.

    By Blogger Xavier, at 2:03 PM  

  • i'm hoping for some Mon Mothma action in the third film, that would make totally make my night.

    I think part of the reason that the new Star Wars films seem so bad is because of the juxtaposition of the new Harry Potter films and LOTR, where the plots are much much stronger, really highlighting the holes in Lucas' writing abilities.

    By Blogger span, at 2:31 PM  

  • Yes you are right.
    I'd love to have seen more intergalactic planetary political intrigue.
    But I would say that.

    By Blogger Constar, at 2:58 PM  

  • OK, I can't let that go - the Yoda fight kicked ass (and is the only reason why I bought the AOTC DVD). Yoda is the kung fu master - the wizened old man who can kick anyone's ass, but most of the time shuffles around with a stick.

    By Blogger Josh, at 3:20 PM  

  • I agree Josh. And I would point to those that doubt to the fight scenes of the orignal movies.
    They where crap-diddy-crap-crap.
    The fights between Vader and Skywalker are poor for even the time they were made.

    By Blogger Constar, at 4:50 PM  

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