Nov 9, 2013

Sequels: Life Continues On After Happy Endings

Sequels are never as good as the first movie.  Everyone knows that.  Yet we continue to go see them, in the hopes that it will somehow be different for this or that sequel.  What is it that makes sequels so bad anyway?  Is it that the story line really isn't as good?  A mere shadow of the first movie without enough originality or spunk to stand on its own?  Or is it that the sequel must invariably prove that the happy ending in the first movie wasn't really an ending at all?

We like our happy endings because they're tidy.  And because we were raised on it.  A plethora of Disney princesses have taught us that the happy ending is the end goal.  You get there and everything else is golden.  Your battles won, the hard work over, and life is easy from there on out.  But the very nature of a sequel inherently disproves this.  If nothing else happens, if there's no future conflict, there's also no movie.

If you think about the nature of life, things never stop happening.  They can't.  We're never going to reach a certain point and say, "This is it.  This is my happy ending.  I'm going to stop doing things and just be happy all the time from now on."  And really, each snippet of our lives where a conflict gets resolved could be another movie, with another conveniently happy and "feel-good" type of ending. 

With that in mind, there are probably some sequels that are worth another viewing.  This time to be watched with a more open mind, accepting that life did not tidily quit after the first movie, and that just maybe some of the continued action is worth seeing.  Of course, some sequels are still terrible.