Many factors can lead us to conclude that the years are passing for us. But with age comes baggage and maturity. Well, one of the clues can be measured by our highly regarded film productions. Especially when you notice that the films that we saw in the films “yesterday” have been released for no less than 21 years. Time really flies.
There’s no better time to celebrate a movie by revisiting it than when it’s a birthday. The interesting thing is to see how it still remains relevant today, or if it has aged badly, aged in its effects, and even worse: in its speech. Here, in this new article, we will discuss the sequels of the great hits of the seventh art which released their long-awaited sequels 20 years ago. Do you remember them all? Be sure to comment below on which ones you’ve watched on the big screen, which ones you prefer, and which ones you think haven’t aged very well. To verify.
The return of the mummy
One of the most successful tales of a classic, The Mummy (1999) reimagined the iconic universal monster of the same name (1931) as an Indiana Jones-style morning adventure. Brendan Fraser was the hero of the day in Stephen Sommers’ film, full of visuals and action. The blockbuster became a darling movie, and two years later the gang was back for that sequel – here featuring an even more menacing new villain, the Scorpion King, in the virtual forms of Dwayne The Rock Johnson in his first feature film. . Too bad it took so long for Part 3 (Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) to release (2008), losing much of the franchise’s hype.
Jurassic Park III
Speaking of a successful franchise, Jurassic Park – The Park of Dinosaurs (1993) is a real milestone not only in entertainment cinema, but for the seventh art in general due to the most varied aspects – many techniques, in particular. While he didn’t necessarily ask for a sequel, he did come with The Lost World in 1997, directed by Spielberg himself. Four more years and the filmmaker only returned here as a producer, in what is considered the sweetest escape from the “original trilogy.” In an uncompromising adventure plot, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) returns to Dinosaur Island to find a missing boy.
Although we have lived for a while in the era of franchises and pre-established brands, they are still not that common outside of the blockbuster, horror and comedy “circuit”. But that doesn’t mean that other genres can’t generate franchises, like suspense for example. One of the most famous representatives is that of the refined psychopath Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The character, played by Anthony Hopkins, would be immortalized by the absolute classic The Silence of the Lambs – which turns 30 in 2021. Here, ten years after the aforementioned prestigious Oscar-winning film, the character has returned again in Hopkins’ form for more. a round of evil and cannibalism, now at large. However, her counterpart, FBI agent Clarice Starling, is a little different. All because Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster refused to return for this sequel directed by Ridley Scott, and was replaced by Julianne Moore.
American Pie 2 – The second time is even better
A surprising success of the late 1990s, the first American Pie would mark its era as a shady, eschatological and highly politically incorrect teenage film. Here we basically have a version of Porky – The House of Love and Laughter (1981) from the next decade. Anyone who knows knows. Still, there is a certain sweetness in these characters, even if it lurks under their simmering libido. This streak came two years later and in its favor it relied on our established affection for the characters.
Rush hour 2
It’s true that buddy cop movies – partner crime movies – weren’t new when the first Rush Hour was released in 1998. But what the movie did masterfully was to introduce Chinese star Jackie Chan in the United States and around the world through large-scale production. The actor had already tried to penetrate this market with his Chinese productions, but Rush Hour opened the doors to his entrance. And this sequel is just as fun as the original. Too bad it took a long time to get out. The third part is not even spoken. One of the attractions of the sequel is the presence of cute Zhang Ziyi as a villainous martial fighter – the actress had left the hit O Tigre eo Dragão the year before.
Everyone in Panic 2
Recently I wrote about parody movies, which peaked in the 1990s. From that point on, it was just a descent, with questionable productions still released in the aforementioned decade. . Everyone in Panic was on a hiatus for the new decade, which garnered praise and became a box office success, satirizing the resurrected slasher streak with Panic and I Know What You Did Last Summer. One curiosity is that Panic (Scream) had as its original intended title precisely Scary Movie – which ended up being used here. In the sequel, released the following year, the target of satire was the movies of haunted mansions and all manner of supernatural entities.
in the spider’s web
Although the title doesn’t say so – after all, we don’t have the “2” here from all of the sequels – this thriller is the sequel to Kisses that Kill (1997). Both are based on books by author James Patterson, starring detective and psychologist Alex Cross. In both films, the character has acquired all the greatness of Oscar-winning veteran Morgan Freeman. This time, Cross investigates the kidnapping of a girl from an exclusive elite school. Helping in the case, the detective has this time a partnership with an agent of the FBI (role of the blonde Monica Potter). A third part was however produced, with Alex Cross rejuvenated in the form of Tyler Perry, in the unfortunate Shadow of the Enemy (2012).
So far on the list, we’ve had sequels, and even a third of franchises of varying success. But what can we say when we come across the TENTH part of a series of films. Yes, I mean the most famous slasher of all, Friday the 13th. It all started in 1980 and by the end of the decade Paramount had released no less than eight films in the immortal killer Jason Voorhees franchise. After that, the studio finally got tired of playing the “pranks” of psychopathic hell and passed the ball over to New Line, which quickly released Jason Goes to Hell (1993) – as the sale was accompanied by ‘a legal battle for the franchise. So the studio had Jason, but couldn’t use the title Friday 13. Almost ten years into this stalemate, New Line finally released another movie from the hat, this time taking Jason to space. Truly!
Dr Dolittle 2
Before the perennial Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. made one of the biggest blunders of his career trying to establish a new family-friendly franchise with Dolittle, another disgraced star took advantage of that brand. The Original Dolittle is a two and a half hour musical production from 1967 that was nominated for an Oscar in 9 categories, including Best Picture. A few decades later, Eddie Murphy, riding his newfound popularity (thanks to The Mad Professor), modernized Hugh Lofting’s children’s books about a doctor who talks to animals, for the new times. And so, Murphy scored another goal, this time with the cubs. And with the blow, a sequel did not take long. Here, on vacation in his country house, a bear comes into play as the doctor’s new assignment.
Crocodile Dundee in Hollywood
Unfortunately, some franchises need to rest in their time. Such brands do not seem to work outside of them, and for that they had to go through a strong reinterpretation in order to include them in the current society – or who knows how to play with the period to which they are stuck, by making a l story that happened at such a time. Either way, Crocodile Dundee (1986), the Hollywood version of our eternal goofy Didi Mocó, became one of the unexpected phenomena of the late 1980s, bringing an “Australian hillbilly” to culture shock in a New York of particular property of “all the attractions” of the time. The surprise was the innocence and the big heart of the film. So, two years later, the sequel tried to capitalize without the same result. Resting for the next decade, some producers thought it was time to take Paul Hogan and his famous character (who became the symbol of Australia) out of isolation for another spin. The result was this old joke story told for the third time …
Bonus: The Besteirol Empire strikes back
Before Marvel Studios achieved his feat in the seventh art, director Kevin Smith had already created his cinematic universe in his works. Interestingly, almost all of the filmmaker’s films are interconnected, demonstrating that they all take place in the same universe. The link is the characters Jay and Silent Bob, played by Jason Mewes and Smith himself. Before this film, the characters had already appeared in four other productions of the director and would return for a few more. In the plot, the crazies find out that Hollywood is planning a super production based on the heroes they created in the comics and sets out to prevent the film from being made. In 2019, that story continued with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot – a sort of ultimatum from the shared universe of Avengers: Smith, the “Smithverse”.
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