Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Random Poll: Which Sequel is More Idiotic?

Well, this is surprising.

I was on the train this morning when I saw The Huffington Post's announcement that a sequel to last year's sleeper hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has been greenlit.  Oh.  Okay?  That's weird, right?  I mean, I liked Marigold more than most people, but why does this movie need a sequel?  I read that Judi Dench and Maggie Smith said they had a really great time filming it, so they wanted to do it again.  I am all for more Maggie and Judi, but...I don't understand...

I really shouldn't complain.  When was the last time a woman over the age of 50 got a sequel greenlit?  Never?  It's awesome that these ladies can have starring roles in adult targeted films.  The first was just a complete story that doesn't need another chapter. 

On the other hand, Olympus Has Fallen also has a sequel in the works, London Has Fallen.  According to Cinema Blend, Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, and Radha Mitchell are expected to reprise their roles, and these are the plot details that were released:

"A plot to strike the city of London during the funeral of the British Prime Minister.  Only the President of the United States, his secret service head, and an English MI6 agent can save the day"

That sounds like the worst thing ever.  Way to assume England can't take care of their own terrorist plots, America.  Are they just going to hop around the world making these movies?  If London is successful, will they make another one set, say, in France?  Eiffel Tower Has Fallen...Beijing Has Fallen...Sydney Has Fallen: Terrorism Down Under.

I think both sequels are stupid for different reasons.  Can they switch casts?  Aaron Eckhart and Gerard Butler can whimsically reminisce about their lives in India while Judi Dench and Maggie Smith take down terrorists? 

Which do you think sounds worse?


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