We live in an age in which sequels and prequels seem kind of
inevitable. As soon as a movie is successful, you can almost hear the Hollywood
execs rubbing their hands together and dreaming up ways to turn the film into a
cash grab franchise.
Sometimes it’s not always such a bad thing. We’ve seen some
hugely successful franchises emerge in recent years that managed to keep up the
quality of their films at least for the most part – take the MCU, for example,
or The Lord of the Rings.
But as anyone with a couple of movie sequels under their
belt can tell you, for the most part they pale in comparison to the original
movie bar a few outstanding examples. Beyond all the usual sins often committed
by sequels – rehashing old storylines, digging up plot holes and the like –
they also have a tendency to butcher some previously brilliant characters.
Often sequels add an unnecessary amount of backstory that
completely destroys the mystique or appeal of a character or recast a role with
a new actor whose interpretation off the character feels off. Sometimes it’s
simply down to the overexposure sequels give a character – there’s only so much
of a character you can take before someone that previously felt like a breath
of fresh starts to feel stale and hackneyed.
Whatever the reason, these sequels are all guilty of one
thing – ruining characters we once loved.