Four Movies That Should Have Sequels and Four That Shouldn’t

“The only reason I would write a sequel is if I were struck by an idea that I felt to be equal to the original. Too many sequels diminish the original.”

–  Dean Koontz

 

My post today is straightforward: first I’ll list four movies that I believe should get sequels. Then I’ll list four more movies that are getting sequels but shouldn’t. Enjoy!

 

Four Movies That Should Get Sequels:

1.  The National Treasure Franchise

This is one of those movie franchises where no one can figure out why a sequel hasn’t been done yet. Maybe not every single person thinks the films are amazing, but enough people thought National Treasure 2 was good to earn it nearly half a billion dollars when it opened. Since then, though, it’s dropped off the face of the Earth. Why? Last I’d heard, Jerry Bruckheimer announced back in 2010 that a script for the movie was finished. Justin Bartha has had time to make the entire Hangover trilogy since the last National Treasure movie. Get going, guys!

2.  The Chronicles of Narnia movies

I get that people either love or hate this series, but I personally love it. I’ve read the books countless times, but this is one of the few cases where I’ve enjoyed every movie better than the novel. I think the team behind this franchise is genius, and Prince Caspian is still one of my favorite movies.

So, what’s the hold-up?

Well, there’s an entire mess of paperwork that has since gotten in the way, and essentially, no studio is allowed to make another Narnia film until 2018. By then the kid actors will most likely be way too old to play their parts in any future films. Which is really annoying, because I don’t think any reboot could top these adaptions.

 3. The Taken series

I know, I know, every character in this series has already been taken at some point or another, and by now there’s literally no one left to kidnap. I know that Taken 2 just barely got by, scraping on the untapped elements of the first movie, and by now there’s really nothing left to do with the franchise. I understand and agree with all of that.

My argument?

Liam. Neeson.

If Apple is so smart, why haven't they made him the voice of SIRI yet?

If Apple is so smart, why haven’t they made him the voice of SIRI yet?

 

 4.  Super 8

Ah, you knew I was going to throw in a personal choice.

I admit that this is the kind of movie where a sequel would probably ruin it. After all, everyone’s stories came to a close, the movie ended on a happy note, and it was a lot of fun. Turning it into a series would feel weird, and to be honest, I probably would be disappointed if that actually happened. But, this is my favorite movie, so I feel like I should hope for a sequel just to give J.J. Abrams a chance to wow me a second time.

 

Four Movies That Shouldn’t Get Sequels (But they are anyway):

 1.  The Transformers series

I like to think of this series as a marathon runner who started off great, tripped and sprained their leg on the second lap, hobbled along for a bit, then recovered enough to make a passable finish. That being said, they shouldn’t be running again anytime soon.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the Transformers series overall. The first one is a great movie; the second one, not so much, but the third one is decent entertainment. That being said, I don’t see any way to properly make a fourth movie, especially one that dumps the entire human cast. Stay back, producers! Unfortunately, said film already has a release date of June 27, 2014, one year from today.

What’s more unfortunate is that I’ll probably end up seeing it anyway.

2.  Inception

To address the obvious first: Inception is an awesome movie. The concept of breaking into subconscious worlds through dreams is a great one, and the emotions coupled with the action scenes make this an unforgettable film. I love the actors, the story, the twists, and the dynamic bits, even if the whole thing is almost three hours long.

But, let’s be honest. How in the world would Christopher Nolan pull off a sequel that’s better than, or even as good as, this movie? It finishes up all of its subplots, literally ending at the beginning of the story. It’s a closed loop.

So, I don’t know why the entire cast has signed on for sequels. But, luckily it’s in the planning stages, so maybe Nolan will do the smart thing (which he’s good at when it comes to filmmaking) and let this brilliance stay put.

 3.  The Pirates of the Caribbean series

I’ve probably never loved a series this much and wanted so desperately for it to end. Originally, The Curse of the Black Pearl was supposed to be a standalone film, and it worked out well that way. Then the production team decided to make not one but two more sequels.

And guess what? I loved those just as much! In fact, I’ll be so bold as to say the third film is the best (then the first, then the second). They’re all great. By the end of this trilogy, the story truly was finished, tied up in a neat, humorous, heartwarming little bow.

Then On Stranger Tides happened.

I try to keep meanness off my blog, so I won’t get into the fourth PotC movie, but suffice it to say this ruined the series for me. Please, producers: I barely escaped with my life from your fourth movie…don’t finish off the fans with a fifth. I admire Johnny Depp enough to see practically anything he’s in, so don’t trap me!

4.  The Final Destination movies

You’re supposed to write about what you know. Which means I’m not going to go on too long here, because I haven’t seen any of these movies. But just on principle, I don’t think there should be any sequels to this five-film series, even though there are two back-to-back ones in the works.

I’ll let the Philosoraptor meme explain why:

(I didn't make this meme, though I wish I had)

(I didn’t make this meme, though I wish I had)

It’s a good point.

Movie Review: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

“I’m going to kill you, Dave. Oh yes, right here, in this dismal bathroom. It’s not very classy, but there you go.”

 –  Maxim Horvath

 

The Sorcerer's Apprentice PosterI’m a bit nervous writing this review, because I think it’ll either attract a bunch of nerds who are secretly just like me, or—in the more likely case—I’ll drive away readers due to the fact that I actually enjoyed this movie.

There’s also the scenario of nobody caring one way or the other what I think, but I’ll set that one aside. For those who do read this review, though, note that it is indeed free of spoilers.

 So, here goes: I liked this movie. Quite a bit.

Is it clichéd? Absolutely!

And I mean really clichéd. At one point the villain walks up to someone behind a desk and asks for a file, and the man replies, “First I’ll need to see your faculty identification card.”

At this the villain holds up his cane, glowing with magic, and says, “You don’t need to see my faculty identification card.”

And the man replies, “I don’t need to see your identification card.”

It’s that kind of movie.

And I think that’s partially why I enjoyed it. To me, clichés are a best friend I can’t decide if I love or hate. I’m currently on a quest to drive them out of my manuscript, which I think I’ve done with reasonable success. I know there’s nothing that sets people off more than opening a book to orphaned farm boys, maniacal dark lords, conspiring uncles and wicked step sisters, though these elements in moderation can be perfectly enjoyable.

This film, in short, is about a New York City college kid named Dave who is found by a sorcerer, Balthazar Blake (who studied under Merlin…yes, the Merlin). Now Balthazar needs to teach Dave how to defeat Maxim Horvath…a man who is working for Morgana le Fay, Merlin’s greatest enemy, to destroy New York. So, it’s Balthazar and Dave against Horvath and Morgana.

I agree, the concept is so hammy it should be served on a plate alongside scalloped potatoes. But if you get it into your head that this will be a clichéd movie, then you’re in for a pleasant thrill ride. It’s handled by the same team that made the National Treasure movies, right down to Nicolas Cage as the main character.

Let’s talk about Nicolas Cage for a minute. I know plenty of people who both like and dislike him. I think he gets very into every role he’s given, and he’s simply been given some bad roles in recent years (who can forget the Wicker Man’s “Not the bees!” moment?) However, I firmly believe this movie wouldn’t be worth watching if Cage wasn’t the lead. This is one of his better roles, however you want to interpret that.

So, yes. The acting is fit for the movie. The characters are corny, but reasonably likable. Most of my enjoyment came from the excellent CGI effects, the fun albeit simple storyline, and the adventure to be had between the magic battles and car chases. All the thrills of a PG-13 film are packed into a PG movie.

I realize I might seem like a foolish blogger (I hope I’m not the first one you’ve met) since I recently reviewed Breaking Dawn: Part 2 and gave it an awful rating. Some people hold Sorcerer’s Apprentice on the same level, but my argument is that at the very least, this has a storyline. Plus it has magic…lots and lots of magic.

In conclusion: See this movie! Either you’ll laugh at it because you’ll think it’s stupid, or you’ll get sucked into the fun like I did. It won’t blow you away in either case, but in both instances you’ll be entertained.

Rate: 6 out of 10.