Everyone has those movie they love so much, they leave the theaters thinking “I can’t wait for the sequel.” It happens. It doesn’t even have to be about continuing the a great story. Sometimes it’s just because we want to see more of the world that was established and spending more time with the characters we know. There are some movies so great, we desperately want a sequel in order to see more...but that’s not always the best idea. There are times when a story, and it's characters, just need to be left alone, no matter how badly we want a sequel. So today, I've compiled a list of films that fit this description. Come inside to check them out!
The Goonies (1985)
I have a strong feeling a lot of people will disagree with me on this one. For the most part I always see this film show up on people’s list of sequels they want to happen. Believe me, I’m a very big Goonies fan. I wore the VHS tape out during my childhood I watched it so much, and it's something I still enjoy today. So, as badly as I want a sequel, I don’t think it's a good idea to do so.
The fact is, the cast is way too old now (the movie itself is 25 years old) and the time of its relevance has really passed. Many have suggested they bring it back with the children of the original Goonies, but that would be way too cheesy and cliche. What made Goonies so fun, was it’s originality and sense of adventure. These feelings can be capture by other films, but a direct sequel may only ruin our perspective on the original (Sandlot 2 anyone?).
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
You have no idea how much it hurts me to put this film on the list (which I guess could really include all of the Cornetto Trilogy). Shaun of the Dead is one of my favorite films, and one I enjoy coming back to on a regular basis. It’s a fantastic comedy/horror film, that’s filled with wit and memorable characters.
The problem with a sequel, is that there’s really no where for the story to go. The outbreak of zombies was contained by the end of the first film and while the way the zombies are being used for menial labor could be an easy lead-in to a second outbreak, it’d feel more than a little forced. What made the first film so great was it’s original take on the zombie genre, so rehashing it in the form of a sequel would only take away from it.
V for Vendetta (2006)
The comic book movie genre seems nearly synonymous with sequels these days. Not only are they getting films, but studios begin working on the sequels while the first one is still filming, or planning them way out in advanced with multiple pictures. So it seems natural that one of the best comics around (and subsequently phenomenal film) would be deserving of a sequel...Right?
As great as this movie was it’d be incredibly hard to make a sequel out of it. SPOILER, the title character is dead! While the idea of V could be carried on by another (a fact that was alluded to in the comics and essentially happened at the end) to continue the terror and injustice fighting...it would still be a hard sell. We’d lose the deeper story in exchange for an action-packed, generic crime-fighter type story. In that case, it’s better off as a single film.
Another great comic book movie is showing up on this list. There has been quite a bit of talk about a sequel to Zack Snyder’s Watchmen film, especially with the prequel comics having released this past year with reasonable success. With it’s unique take on the superhero genre, and an ending that left the door wide open for a sequel, it’s easy to see why several fans want to see it happen.
Frankly, I don't want to see any more Watchmen related movies. While I think adaptations of a couple of the prequels would be quite interesting to see, I don't want them. The characters, and their individual stories, is what made this movie so powerful. Yet, it's the characters as they exist in that period of time, which is of most interest. Filling in more gaps in their past, or showing what happens later wouldn't have quite the same impact. It would feel more like a traditional action, comic book movie, unable to recapture the depth and substance that makes this one so amazing.
This is a big one for a lot of people actually. It's an amazing film and as soon as the credits started rolling, I instantly wanted to go back to the beginning and watch it all over again. I didn’t want to leave the beautifully crafted world Christopher Nolan had created. Typically that means it’s a good reason for a sequel, and despite things being generally wrapped up in the story, there's plenty of room for expansion.
It’s better left alone. While we all want to know what happens next (was it still a dream?), finding out, could ruin all that was special about the film. Any addition to the story in Inception, would only detract from the first film. The only way to successfully handle it would be an all new story set within in the same world...which wouldn’t exactly be the sequel fans have been hoping for.
Elysium was probably my favorite film of the Summer (sorry Man of Steel), and barring some of the heavy hitters coming up this Fall, it could very well end up becoming my favorite of the entire year. While there is plenty of story left within the established world of the film, and a whole lot of repercussions as a result of the film's ending, I don't think a sequel would be a good idea. Believe me, though, I want one really bad.
I feel like an Elysium is a story that works better because it leaves so much open to interpretation. They aren't plot holes or anything like that, but it's entirely up to the audience to think of what happens next, or how people would react to the events that unfolded. Those are the thought that keep my attention focused on Elysium, and gives the film a long-lasting quality, which would only be diminished by a sequel.
The problem with sequels always seems to be, that no matter how difficult it may seem to make one, Hollywood inevitably finds a way to do so. But for the sake of these films, let’s hope they remain unmarred, even though we really want to see more. Let’s just cherish the memories we have...
Now that you've seen my list, it's time to talk about yours, or why you think I'm wrong and that these films could work with sequels. Share your thoughts in the comments below!