What year are we really in right now? 2015? We keep pressing the rewind button and the number of sequels, prequels, reboots and remakes of classic movies are running at an all time high. Are we running out of ideas and playing safe by milking the good old classic-movies-cash-cow?
Lets have a quick look down the list shall we;
Mad Max: Fury Road: Sequel
The greatest spiritual sequel and the best movie of 2015 so far, except for Mr. Mumbles aka Tom Hardy; thankfully the convoy chase action-thriller in the post-apocalyptic desert roars everything back to life! Hats off to George Miller who shows us how to revive a Mad Max, and reminds us that sequels have the potential to not only be an art, but also radical visionary – even with the fourth sequel. What a lovely day, indeed!
Park World: Sequel
It’s a cracking, entertaining sequel – Jurassic World definitely fits the first category and it is well worth watching it in the cinema, especially if you’re a fan of the originals
Django Unchained: Reboot
A masterpiece by Quentin Tarantino and one of the very best of all the remakes! Bold, bloodthirsty and daring. Some say Sony may produce a Django/Zorro crossover movie, which exists in Dynamite Entertainment comics already. Hope they don’t forget to hire Mr. Tarantino.
Terminator Genisys: Reboot
Love Arnie and Terminator 1 & 2 were bad ass science fiction films, but this dead horse is heavily flogged enough already. Despite everything going downhill after The Terminator 2, Genisys actually ticked all the right boxes; lots of nods to the originals and wasn’t a slave to the past. Genysis felt as a continuation of the story from T2: Judgment Day, the feel and the soundtrack of the film certainly kept the original soul of the film. Very decent effort for a reboot; the Terminator is old, but not obsolete, not yet!
Star Trek: Reboot
Star Trek reboot was full of action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant lens flaring visuals, and pleased traditional Trekkies as well as the new fans! Must watch and brilliantly executed remake.
Christopher Nolan gave us the best Batman created, ever. The trilogyreboot was dark, complex and unforgettable. Every great hero needs a great villain. And in 2008, Christian Bale’s Batman found his in Heath Ledger’s demented psycho, the Joker. The Dark Knight was ranked the 3rd greatest film ever made on Empire ’s list.
Planet of the Apes: Remake & Reboot, Prequel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes finally breathes new life into this long-running franchise. It was wonderfully executed as well as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. We can look forward to more Ape-y action in 2017.
- Planet of the Apes (1968)
- Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970)
- Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)
- Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972)
- Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973)
- Planet Of The Apes (2001)
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
- War of the Planet of the Apes (2017)
The emotional trauma was one of the primary highlight of this remake, in certain respects, it did better than the original, but it’s not a problem that they went and remade Robocop. The biggest problem with this Robocop is that it’s a remake. A sequel would have had a better chance to prosper.
Prometheus, Alien and Predator: Prequels and Sequels
Is there anybody out there who actually liked Prometheus? The first few sequels were excellent and it all went “silly” ever since the Alien Vs Predator came out. Here’s the list.
- Alien (1979)
- Aliens (1986)
- Predator (1987)
- Predator 2 (1990)
- Alien 3 (1992)
- Alien Resurrection (1997)
- Alien Vs Predator (2004)
- Aliens Vs Predator – Requiem (2007)
- Predators (2010)
- Prometheus (2012)
A prime example of a reputable franchise turning into a laughing stock – utterly. Today this franchise lacks not only creativity but also common sense, just like the characters in Prometheus.
Total Recall: Reboot
One word to describe it – horrific! This reboothas some impressive action sequences but lacks the intricate storyline of the original, very dry humour and they really should have made a sequel instead.
The Good, Bad or Fugly
Star Wars The Force Awakens: Sequel
Better left alone, maybe? With expectations so high, the stakes are even higher and so are the risks. All the Star Wars fans will be sharpening their daggers for J.J. Abrams as they did with Lucas a couple of years ago.
Super Man of Steel: Reboot
An underwhelming remake of the Superman, with underdeveloped characters and overly dragged supercharged fight scenes. To make matters worse, Warner Bros plans to copy Marvel Avengers success story, the sequel to Man of Steel would be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: A bad joke?
Christian Bale has said numerous times that his story as Batman was completely told in Nolan’s trilogy and that’s enough. Christian Bale set the benchmark so high that it really doesn’t help Ben Affleck much, does it? Mr. Affleck’s casting has caused significant upset, many online petitions demanded his removal from this role already! Daredevil was merely watchable and most of us hopefully still have not forgotten about it. The concept of having two superheroes going head to head is nothing new, but to make a title such as this ends up looking silly, suits a name for next DC game maybe?
After 5 films, 3 directors, 2 lead actors and a reboot all in the past 13 years Marvel and Sony have decided we need MOAR!!!! MOAR SPIDER-MAN!!!!!! MOAR REBOOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!! And with all that comes one more thing – MOAR NEW ACTORS and DIRECTORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE STOP!
One of the worst remakes in its genre, special thanks to Ben Affleck, he later won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor for his work in the movie. Netflix series was pleasantly enjoyable and makes more sense to make a movie as a sequel to the series rather than a reboot, again.
Fantastic Four: Reboot
The first two movies were not fantastic, at all. They were goofy, mediocre and boring without any climax, they were just an embarrassment. But do we really need another reboot? No, not again, please. We all know how it all begun, a sequel would suffice.
Independence Day Resurgence: Sequel
Independence Day was great Sci-Fi cheesy entertainment! The script was full of wit, cheesy catchphrases and some great special effects, a bit unrealistic nonetheless. The sequel is set to take place
coincidentally twenty years after the original, when reinforcements of the original aliens finally arrive on Earth after receiving a distress call. Hope the sequel does better than the original one.
Top Gun 2: Sequel
The original movie had some of the most memorable and electrifying aerial footage! The dogfights were absolutely the best since Clint Eastwood’s Firefox. It was a cool cheesy film. For the last 30 years Paramount have been trying to make a sequel and they’re not going to stop. So what are we expecting in the sequel then? Granddad Tom with overly stretched wrinkles in a F-22 breaking sound barrier and taking our breathe away? Sonic boom? No, thanks?
Even MOAR and MOAR are in the pipeline. Even a few years ago, this hardly used to be the case. Sequels of recent successful blockbuster movies are always well expected, such as X-Men, The Lord of the Rings, The Martix, Avengers, Men in Black, Bourne, Riddick, Hellboy, World War Z, Pacific Rim etc., but it’s not always a good idea, such as Transformers, Taken, Fast & Furious, G.I. Joe, 300, The Expendables etc.
Why can’t we have more of movies like The King’s Speech, Hugo, Zero Dark Thirty, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, District 9, Elysium, The Wolf of Wall Street, Interstellar, Edge of Tomorrow, The Interview, Inception and many other recent super hits? None of them were a sequel or prequel or reboot or remake of a classic.
The return of many classics have been very successful, but is it really necessary to revive each and every classic out there? It’s all about making money but let’s not get too greedy, let’s not get hung up on the past, it’s not always refreshing.