Sometimes, when a movie does well, studios want an immediate follow-up to cash in on its popularity (see: the Saw and Paranormal Activity franchises cranking out sequels every year). Other times, in situations that may have nothing to do with quality, a sequel may take years to see the light of day. These films all came out at least ten years after the previous installment — do you think they were worth the wait?
Independence Day: Resurgence
Coming out 19 years after the original blockbuster, Independence Day: Resurgence seems to want to make up for a severe lack of Will Smith by a dramatic increase in Bill Pullman facial hair. Seriously.,look at that thing. It’s rugged and unkempt, yet majestic. If the whole movie is just close-ups of Bill Pullman’s beard, it’ll still be worth the $15 plus popcorn money I spend on it.
Live Free Or Die Hard
Proving that old habits die… well, you get it, Bruce Willis returned to play perpetual bad day-haver John McClane in Live Free Or Die Hard 12 years after the previous installment, Die Hard With A Vengeance. In this entry, McClane’s woes were modernized to include cyber-terrorism, computer hacking, and — shudder — Justin Long.
This IMAX showcase of classical music and whimsical animation came 59 years after the original Fantasia. It’s thus tempting to call it a Disney midlife crisis movie (the Hollywood equivalent of returning to your youthful roots), but there are enough inspired sequences in Fantasia 2000 to validate its existence. In particular, the Rhapsody In Blue showcase features kinetically jazzy animation unlike anything in the previous film.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Oh, what a sequel, what a lovely sequel! This bonkers, looney, and, well, mad entry into the Mad Max franchise came 29 years after Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. In other words, just long enough for its water-shortage, revolt-against-a-horrible-leader plot to feel less like “postapocalyptic fantasy” and more like “tempered reaction to what’s going on in current society.” Whee!
Putting aside the unfortunate choice to make a creepy CGI younger-and-featureless Jeff Bridges, this 28-years-later sequel to Tron boasts quite a number of pleasures to justify its existence. You’ve got a bumpin’ Daft Punk score. You’ve got Michael Sheen chewing the scenery with an extra side of ham. You’ve got some of the dopest lightcycle action sequences since, well, the first one. If you’re in need of a fun techno-action flick, this one just might fit the bill.
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Coming 18 years after the previous installment, this entry in the Indiana Jones franchise features a sequence where Shia LaBeouf swings on vines with the help of CGI monkeys, and that’s kind of all I’m willing to type about this movie.
Dumb And Dumber To
This film asks the question, “Are dumb manchildren idiots still fun to watch 19 years later?” with a resounding “Uh… sort of?” The gag-a-second style of comedy offered by the Farrelly Brothers is naturally going to be hit-or-miss, but something in the DNA of our heroes changed along the way. Rather than seeming innocent and pure, they often come across mean-spirited and, at times, sexist in this one. I’m not sure if a few inspired gags justify this new venomous take on the characters.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Hmm, never heard of this one. Know if it’s any good?
Which delayed sequel did you like the most? Which one could’ve used more time in the oven? And if you’re tired of waiting for stuff, give me a follow on Twitter for instant gratification an