Well it looks like originality just might be dead or near it. The year 2013 is going to be the year of the sequel. These days it seems to be the new normal every year. If you have enjoyed many of the past movies that have come out, you will certainly get more of your favorite movies this year. By my count there are 32 sequels coming out in your local movie theaters the year 2013.
I guess it had to come to this. There is only so much material to be inspired from for original stories lately. However, I believe if the movie studio is making a sequel that it is still important to keep the material fresh. Keeping a project fresh and interesting can be a challenge for some studios. For the movie companies- producing this amount of sequels can be quite a gamble for them. Furthermore, it is probably easier for them to make them since there is an already built in audience.
In my opinion, I sometimes like to see the sequels to my favorite movies. It is something familiar. When something is familiar, it can be exciting for me to wait in anticipation for seeing the movie. Although, it can be very disappointing if a sequel to a movie turns out to not be very good or if it seems rushed.
There have been some interesting movies sequels that have come out this year. Iron Man 3 was by far the most successful movie this year; grossing over $1.2 billion worldwide on a $200 million budget. I thought Iron Man 3 was a good movie, Robert Downey Jr. was great as always, but I do understand the criticisms with the movie. Iron Man had a new suit but it kept being damaged and in need of repair so Tony Stark wasn’t fighting as Iron Man for most of the film. Ben Kingsley was wonderful as usual as The Mandarin; but I, like many people was disappointed in how the Mandarin turned out to be a drug addicted actor; they should of just left well enough alone with him as one of the main villains.
Star Trek Into Darkness has to be my favorite movies this year. I am a Star Trek fan, and I believe it had all the elements that Trekkies would love. Also, Into Darkness had a good story, and it is has great Sci-Fi action. The bond between Kirk and Spock was great to see, and having the story relate to the original series just made it pure Star Trek movie.
I think many people got a hangover from one more sequel to The Hangover in The Hangover 3. It’s kind of a stretch that they would get a hangover every bachelor party. Usually people will learn their lesson at least by the second time. I get the same feeling from sequels to horror movies. Seeing the same thing over and over again can get old fast might; it will be better to wait for it to come out on Blu-ray/DVD.
To be honest. I am like you. I will most likely be there in the theater for at least some of these sequels. Like so many others I eat up all the news bits about these movies before they come out into the theaters. And I will most likely stay away from those I do not find interesting or unfamiliar. After all it’s all about being entertained. We love the familiar, so there are plenty more sequels headed for the years to come.
Here is a list of the sequels, prequels, and reboots that are in the year 2013 (not in any order):
- Iron-man 3
- Kick Ass 2
- Smurfs 2
- Star Trek: Into Darkness
- Monster’s University
- Thor: The Dark World
- Man of Steel
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- Despicable Me 2
- G.I. Joe Retaliation
- Red 2
- The Wolverine
- A Good Day to Die Hard
- The Hangover Part 3
- Insidious Chapter 2
- Cloudy 2: Revenge of The Leftovers
- The Best Man 2
- Fast Six
- Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
- Texas Chainsaw 3D
- Scary Movie 5
- Grown Ups 2
- The Last Exorcism Part 2
- Oz The Great and Powerful
- Machete Kills
- The Human Centipede 3
- Hatchet 3
- Disney’s Planes
- Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghost of Georgia
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