Sequels are like Marmite, film fans will either love them or loathe them. Sometimes a sequel is a very good thing and are often much anticipated, and most of the time they do the original justice (although rarely do they exceed them) but occasionally a sequel just seems pointless.
2016 already looks to be a promising year for movies with Paul Feig’s female-fronted Ghostbusters and Finding Dory among those to look forward to. There are also a few somewhat pointless sequels thrown in there as well, and as we are now halfway through 2015 what better time to take a look.
1. The Nut Job 2
How many people actually watched The Nut Job? Probably not that many. It’s an alright film; your typical animated family flick that is, admittedly, mildly amusing, but is it really sequel worthy? Finding Dory is an animated film due out in 2016 that definitely warrants a sequel and is guaranteed an audience, but with a grand total of just 10% on Rotten Tomatoes it doesn’t appear that The Nut Job was particularly an audience favourite. People probably won’t be rushing to cinemas for this one.
2. Ride Along 2
Ride Along managed (but only slightly) a higher rating than The Nut Job on Rotten Tomatoes, and generally wasn’t all that well received upon its release. It’s a buddy cop type film that looks like it’s trying far too hard to be somewhere in between Rush Hour and Lethal Weapon, but fails to reach the standard of either. Entertaining no doubt, but sequel worthy? I don’t think so.
3. Kung Fu Panda 3
Who doesn’t love Kung Fu Panda? They’re brilliant family entertainment and Jack Black, as always, is hilarious. But regardless of my love for the films, a third one seems a little bit unnecessary. Kung Fu Panda 2 is now four years old, and it’ll be five by the time the third comes out. God knows in the world of film five years is a hell of a long time, so why is a third film warranted after such a long time? No doubt it’ll make plenty of box office cash because it is great family entertainment, but why not make something new that’s just as good rather than keep flogging a dead horse?
4. Zoolander 2
Zoolander is a ridiculous and very entertaining comedy with a stellar cast, but is it really good enough to bother with a sequel 14 years later? The film never made big enough waves to have a particularly big and dedicated fan base; it’s not like people have been foaming at the mouth for more blue steel since 2001, so why do they feel a sequel is necessary? Sure it’ll probably be amusing and with the original cast pegged to be in it it’ll no doubt be pretty good but 14 years on it seems really random and totally not needed. Even the way they announced the sequel was annoying, take a look at the viral video below…
5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Almost as old as Zoolander, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a 2002 romantic comedy and another one that doesn’t seem to require any further exploration. Yeah it’s a decent rom-com and yes a sequel may have been good if it’d been released about ten years ago but now it just seems completely irrelevant. Neither big nor good enough to be worth reviving after such a long time, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 seems even more unnecessary than a Zoolander sequel. Why not think up something new for God’s sake?
There are plenty of great films to look forward to in 2016 and hey, who knows some of these might be surprisingly brilliant, but sometimes sequels just seem unnecessary. What do you think? Are you looking forward to any of the above and disagree that they’re unnecessary? Are there any other sequels pegged to be released soon that you think are worthy of being on this list? Sound off in the comments below…