by Megan Provost, Asst. Focus Editor
What to look forward to in 2013: sequels, sequels and the occasional 3-D remake. Is it the audience’s unconditional love for these movies or the lack of original ideas in the cinematic industry that keep these same titles returning to the box office?
The Hangover Part III, Release date: May 24
It was funny the first time…and the second…and the third? It’s already hard enough dealing with the same relentless plot consisting of drunk friends and crude humor almost every comedy out there today, and now do we have to watch the same three drunkards, and their same stupid antics for yet a third movie? A plot twist, please.
The lamp fell, the girl screamed, they caught it on tape and now we’re on movie number five. While it’s true to say that we (especially teenagers) enjoy being scared, these movies have just become bets on which piece of furniture is going to move first.
In Your Face
3-D Disney Remakes (“Nemo,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Monster’s Inc.”) – Please, just don’t mess with the classics. Belle was just as stunning when her dress wasn’t swooping across the audience, and Boo melted their hearts when she was a figure on a screen. “Nemo” was just as good in 2-D as it was when Nigel was grinning right in my face. Though out of these remakes, this may be the most sensible because of it’s beautiful undersea 3-D effects. “The Little Mermaid 3-D”, which was set to release in September, has been canceled due to decreasing success in 3-D reissues.
Jurassic Park 3-D, Release Date: April 5
The fate of these remakes rests on the success of “Jurassic Park 3-D,” coming out on April 5. Who knows, just because these beasts couldn’t save themselves doesn’t mean they can’t save Disney’s 3-D endeavor.
“Despicable Me 2,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” “The Smurfs 2” – I must admit, I am a child at heart, and these movies were cute the first time around. Why risk ruining the first by attempting a second? I feel that sequels to the movies that kids loved the first time only take away from the initial and really, they get old.
We have to keep up with the times; they’re changing rapidly, and we can’t keep extending the same movies over and over again, especially in terms of movies based on books or shows, such as “The Smurfs.” It was fun to see a familiar story on the big screen, but let’s just leave it at that. Don’t ruin a childhood favorite by wearing it out with relentless sequels.
The Smurfs 2, Release Date: July 31
I laughed during “The Hangover,” I can’t watch “Paranormal” without hiding my face half the time and I can quote “Finding Nemo” without skipping a beat. Just because the audience responds positively to something doesn’t mean you feed it to them all over again. It becomes bland… Spice things up a little, Hollywood.
If I really have to listen to little yellow Minions mumbling nonsense for a third movie, I might as well spend my movie nights at home with the originals, thanks.