Thursday, July 05, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Long-Awaited Sequels
For the 27th week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. We venture into sequels but sequels that came years later after its predecessor. It is often made after a period of more than five years where it has this air of excitement but then there are those films that were probably great that didn’t need a sequel only to finally come with a sequel with this air of excitement only to be met with disappointment. Here are my three picks:
1. Caddyshack II
Released eight years after the first film which is a classic in its own right that didn’t really need a sequel. The second film was supposed to have Rodney Dangerfield reprising his role as Al Czervik as Dangerfield was the one that wanted to do a sequel but clashes with the studio forced him out of the film leaving its original director Harold Ramis in deep shit as he had no real involvement with the final product. Instead, Dangerfield was replaced by Jackie Mason with Robert Stack playing a version of Ted Knight’s Judge Smails while Chevy Chase makes a cameo appearance as Ty Webb which is the definition of someone phoning it in. It’s just a really bad film with a PG rating that doesn’t work and with characters who aren’t just interesting nor funny. It was shit.
2. The Odd Couple II
Made thirty years after the original film, the idea of seeing Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reprise their respective roles as Felix Unger and Oscar Madison should’ve been a great idea. Two old buddies who are the total opposites of each other going on a road trip through California to attend their children’s wedding should’ve been a fun idea. Unfortunately, that isn’t what happened as it wasn’t just that Neil Simon’s script was uninspiring but it also shows that Lemmon and Matthau couldn’t rise above the material and neither of them looked like they were enjoying themselves as they wanted the film to just end. It was bad and certainly a disappointing way for Lemmon and Matthau to have their last film together to be a complete and total dud.
3. Dumb and Dumber To
Made 20 years after the original film which was also considered a comedy classic for its emphasis on toilet humor and other idiotic comedy. What could go wrong with a sequel about two idiots? Well… everything went wrong as it should be said that Peter and Bobby Farrelly haven’t made a watchable film since Me, Myself, and Irene back in 2000 as they just films that were mediocre to just fucking awful. Trying to catch lightning in a bottle once again and get Jim Carrey and Jeff Bridges to reprise their roles as Harry and Lloyd should’ve been the comeback. Wrong again. Instead, the humor is just uninspired. Gags just don’t work and it has also material and scenes that will date the film that includes a cameo from a woman from some reality show called Honey Boo-Boo. It was just fucking stupid and never brought any kind of laughs.
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