Did you love a movie and then go to see the movie’s sequel only to find that the sequel wasn’t really needed and definitely wasn’t as good? Yeah. Me, too.
What got me thinking about this was David Court’s 14 Sequels That Truly Didn’t Need To Happen posted at /Film. Before you click over, let me comment on three films that made Court’s list that would also make mine (and a couple more that he didn’t list, but I would have).
Highlander – I loved Highlander. It had a great cast (Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown); a fantastic story (Gregory Widen; Peter Bellwood; Larry Ferguson) and was cleverly directed (Russell Mulcahy). Highlander could have easily been a one and done. Highlander II was terrible. Now we’re dealing with an ozone problem that will destroy the earth and aliens who are like Lambert. What happened to “There can be only one?” In this case, there should have been only one… Highlander movie.
Jaws: The Revenge – Jaws is one of the best movies of all time. Critics loved it. Fans loved it. Jaws should have been a one and done. Sadly, it led to three sequels that were terrible. Since we’re talking Jaws: The Revenge, let me give you the synopsis: Chief Brody’s widow believes that her family is deliberately being targeted by another shark in search of revenge. Doesn’t that sound like a Saturday Night Live sketch? Jaws: The Revenge – critics hated it. Fans hated it. Even Michael Caine (the star) said he didn’t watch it, but heard it was terrible.
The Matrix Reloaded – Can you imagine if The Matrix had been the only Matrix movie made? What a legacy! It would have been like a movie star that never grew old. You know, how James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Bruce Lee died in their prime and their legacy’s grew? Same thing would have happened for The Matrix. It was so ahead of its time. The Matrix could have been a one and done film. The story had been told. It’s not that the sequels are as bad as the other two films above, but was The Matrix Reloaded really needed? No. Was The Matrix Reloaded as good as the original? No. Ok then, it belongs on this list.
Other sequels that I would have included…
- Speed 2: Cruise Control
- Basic Instinct 2
- Beyond the Poseidon Adventure