I just had the realization all the upcoming movies I’m excited to see are sequels. And there is no reason (so far) to believe they’ll suck like oh-so-many cash-ins that have come prior. Here’s a breakdown of a few of the ones I know about so far:
Anchorman 2– first of all, it’s hard to believe the original is 9 years old. That’s right, we first saw Ron Burgundy almost a decade ago. I’m excited to see this movie because all of the main characters are back and everybody was funny, except Christina Applegate (who was necessarily the straightman to everyone else). Will Ferrell comedies, when he’s hitting on all cylinders, are some of the funniest you could ask for. Assuming you can stand Ferrell at all.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier– I loved the first one. Comic book movies have made a rampaging return, save for that Wolverine movie (more on that sequel in a moment), culminating in the very awesome-filled 2012 with The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Amazing Spider-Man. I didn’t read this particular comic growing up and I don’t know a whole lot about the characters. I’m looking forward to seeing how things play out.
The Wolverine– Now that Marvel Studios has thankfully abandoned the ‘X-Men Origins’ series of movies (considering First Class gave us all we needed to know regarding Magneto’s origin- I think he was planned to be next) they’ve gotten a different director to helm this sequel. But what do we know about James Mangold, what has he done? I was worried for a second, considering he was the director of Girl, Interrupted and Walk the Line, but he also directed the remake to 3:10 to Yuma, Identity, and Cop Land.
The Next Star Wars Trilogy- Because it’s Star Wars and George Lucas won’t be doing the writing or directing.
Mad Max 4– I really wanted another one with Mel Gibson as an older, grizzled, bitter Max. But he went coo-coo, so they put Tom Hardy in his place. Tom Hardy is awesome. Just watch Bronson if you need evidence of this.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill for– I have every confidence Robert Rodriguez will make a great sequel even though they are in the middle of filming, a major character in the storyline has a replacement actor, and some roles haven’t even been cast yet. Rodriguez described what they are doing as “…sort of piecemealing, shooting bits and pieces as actors become available.” The fact the first movie came out 8 years ago proves there’s no rush to get this done and so long as they take their time and get everyone they want all the better. But who, you ask, is replacing the larger than life Michael Clarke Duncan as Manute? None other than Dennis Haysbert. You might know him as the Allstate spokesperson with the voice like thunder on a day off or maybe even the first black President of the United States.
Kick-Ass 2– I wish I’d seen the first one at the theater. Much better than I expected. Somehow, Nicolas Cage’s Big Daddy character is in it even though he was apparently burned to death in the first one and they added Jim Carey as Colonel Stars and Stripes. I don’t know why, but even the name is funny.
Dumb & Dumber To– If you need this comedy-gen sequel explained, I feel for you.