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Remakes, Reboots, and Decade Sequels

You may have noticed a recent trend happening within the film industry, especially with American Hollywood films. Remakes, reboots, and sequels made 10+ years after the original are soaring in popularity. Over the past 40 years the trend has increased steadily, often met with harsh criticism or large applause based on the production and how it parallels to the original film.

These remakes, reboots, and sequels play a huge nostalgic role for those who grew up with certain films that shaped their childhood or impacted them in some way. When produced right, and of course this is totally opinionated, they are perceived as being a worthy reboot or sequel that is accepted within the series. Some examples worth mentioning include:

-Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

-Jurassic World (2014)

-The Karate Kid (2010)

-The Parent Trap (1998)

-Creed (2015)

However well produced or terribly made these films are, it always comes down to the “money grab.” Many franchises produce these solely to keep the cash flowing. One of the few downsides to these films includes the lack of originality, and the film will contain repeated jokes, plot points, and themes. Some that really stand out to me in this aspect include:

-Anchorman 2 (2013)

-Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

-Superman Returns (2006)

-Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)

This is 100% my opinion on which movies did well and which ones didn’t. The only thing I stress is that if a movie was to have a sequel made it should be an original idea that carries the story further into the future….or the past. A rebooted or remade movie needs to be done with the highest of quality and not just thrown together to make a quick buck.

 There are many remakes, reboots, and sequels that I love, but if there’s one thing I think we can all agree on is that nothing beats the original.

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