august MOVIE MEME, day 27: movie that should’ve had a sequel
In the current culture of sequelizing everything for the sake of an extra buck, it’s rare that you’d find a sentiment of a second outing actually being necessary. In fact, most of the time these incessant sequels tarnish the goodwill of the first film. But in certain cases, we were unfortunately left hanging. Here a couple…
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004, dir. Brad Silberling) – Sure, the first outing, in this case, wasn’t perfect by any means, but it certainly improves on multiple viewings. And, the truth is, Lemony Snicket is some incredible source material. The 13-part series of books is so smartly and humorously written, there’s no reason it wouldn’t serve as a wonderful series of films. Though I thought it was shortsighted to condense the first three books into one film (it was a little rushed along for someone who read the books first), it’s truly a shame that we never got to see the next three at the very least put to film. I mean, the fourth book is where all the brilliant subplots start to form! With such an able cast of adults and children alike ready to keep the momentum going, it’s a real shame they didn’t jump on the opportunity to continue the Series. Now that the young actors have aged, seven years later, it feels like a missed opportunity. The vision the producers and creators put together is stunning.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, dir. Nick Park and Peter Lord) – Suffering likely from what the first film I mentioned did (lackluster box office), these two movies may not have been successes on the degree of Shrek or Harry Potter, but the quality of the movie should’ve given them a second shot at financial greatness. Or perhaps American audiences just couldn’t get behind such a quirky and subtly hilarious duo as Wallace and Gromit? There horror-themed outing was a genius work of animation, and it was so witty when it absolutely didn’t need to be, considering the visual spectacle on display. Unfortunately, an Oscar win for Best Animated Feature and a multitude of critical support wasn’t enough for Aardman to continue with another W&G picture. Let’s hope they’ve got something in the works in the near future. What movies left you disappointed with studio heads for missing a chance to sequelize?