There’s an old Hollywood maxim which states that there are three types of movies: those that aspire to quality and succeed, those that aspire to quality and fail and those that were never meant to be any good at all.
According to William Goldman, the latter category is made up of sequels, spin offs and remakes – nearly every movie playing at a multiplex near you, in other words. Because the pulse to make them is financial rather than creative they can never be the same quality as the original, and because they’re made for a specific audience they often seem soulless and mechanical.
One of the big advantages to living in an era where everything is about now is that audiences afraid of missing something forget disappointments quickly. These movies promised the moon and fell short, they were the Next Big Thing that might have been, the spectacles that weren’t very spectacular. They short changed audiences – but after a week, who cares?
Some movies just plain play audiences for suckers, and shame on you if you paid to see any of them...