I saw a post on Facebook recently about 30 new movies releasing later this year and in 2021. Of the 30 movies announced in the post, every one is a sequel. Every. Single. One.
Here’s the list: Avatar 2, Jurassic World: Dominion, Fast 9, Rush Hour 4, Black Panther II, Captain Marvel II, The Boss Baby 2, Coming 2 America, Sing 2, Fantastic Beasts 3, Minions: The Rise of Gru, Peter Rabbit 2, Escape Room 2, G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes, Halloween Kills, Godzilla vs. Kong, Matrix 4, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Thor: Love and Thunder, Wonder Woman 1984, Hotel Transylvania 4, Baby Driver 2, Tomb Raider 2, Aquaman 2, Hobbs & Shaw II, Aladdin II, Star Trek 4, John Wick 4, The Croods 2, and Venom II.
Look at that. Not one original idea. Sad. You can check it out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheMoviefanatics777/posts/842259909603150 if it’s still there.
We’ve reached Peak Hollywood. We might be a few years past it. Producers would rather repackage the same old story and hope for a profit rather than make good, original films. To be fair, studios might make a profit on some of these. I guess it all depends on when we reach Peak Fandom.
Generally speaking, sequels are never as good. Superhero movies started boring me several years ago. The Matrix was awesome, but the sequels, not so much. John Wick is one of my favorite movies of the past decade, but again, the sequels weren’t as good.
I have zero interest in watching any of these movies, much less paying to watch them. I’d rather buy ammo and go to the range. Maybe someone will start a new studio and start producing some alt-movies that tell a new story. We can hope.
Interstellar is the best film of the decade and probably the best film of the last 30 years or more. I’ve watched it multiple times and enjoyed it as much, or more, every single time. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you do. Then, I recommend you read John C. Wright’s review. It’s a great review and thoroughly explains why Interstellar is such a fantastic film.
In general, I do agree. There are exceptions. The Godfather II was probably better than the first one, though both were great.
And I think John Wick II held its own, though part 3 was not quite as good as the first two.
But overall, yeah.
Not just spineless producers but also tightly controlled distribution. There are still good “indie” films but they won’t get into your local cineplex. Internet distribution is useful but not robustly remunerative to the producer.