‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Is The Kind Of Sequel Most Franchises Seldom Get

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Reboots are tough enough, but when one is made that’s actually successful and truly liked by enough people, the demands on the follow up get even higher. How do you make a sequel even better? What worked before might not fully work a second time, especially if the demands on the overall narrative go up as well. While these thoughts pop up in some form with all sequels, this one came prepared to answer them.

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‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Is a Good Enough Starting Film In Rebooted Franchise

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When it comes to the reboot, it’s never predictable what you’ll get. Depending on the franchise, it might not matter. So long as you get something that sounds plausible and ends up being fun, the film will have done its job and you’ll have been rewarded. Or you’ll just wonder what the studio was thinking and continue hating reboots as they are, more often than not, annoying and a waste of several good hours. Some people are just hard to please.

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10 Years Later ‘Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix’ Reminds Me Why I Dislike These Films

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When it comes to some sequels, you’re usually just watching them because they’re part of a much bigger franchise. Sometimes, especially with book adaptations, there’s this feeling of obligation. You know what’s coming next, it might not be the best in the world, but you still want to see how it all turns out. So you sit through it and then discover for yourself. Was it what you expected? Did it falter more than you’d hoped it would? Or, was there really no way to be pleased with the final result?

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20 Years Later ‘Hercules’ Is Still As Entertaining And Fun As Ever

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When it comes to animated films, I’m pretty bad with them. Not that I don’t see them or get excited for new ones, but I just get behind on recent ones or don’t revisit those from my childhood, like everyone else no doubt does. It’s because of this that I can never fully figure out what I think of them. Yes, some may genuinely stand out as ones I enjoyed and liked a lot, but then the rest are ones that keep me guessing. Or, which is probably the case here, I’ve just been under the impression that I disliked it or hated it. Thank god for a certain anniversary.

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‘Live Free Or Die Hard’ Delivers Fun And Exciting Action 10 Years Later

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With some sequels, it’s really going to depend on the franchise it’s part of. If there’s a significant gap between the previous one and the newest one, like there is here, then there could be even more riding on the sequel. How will it live up to what’s become so beloved, if not outright iconic? I guess it’ll just depend on which franchise the film is coming from. We’ve definitely seen examples of sequels that didn’t need to exist at all, especially coming several years later.

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‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ Is Charming And Funny Enough 20 Years Later

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I can’t believe I’ve done it. I’ve now seen this film twice. It’s not that I said I’d never watch this film again, but since it’s been less than five years since my first viewing, it’s kind of surprising. It seems too soon. I guess this goes to show just why I enjoy celebrating films that reach milestones. For this one, obviously, it’s now been 20 years since it was released. So, an additional viewing was most definitely in order.
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10 Years Later ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’ Is Slightly Better But It’s Mostly All For Not

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With a sequel to a film that badly started a franchise, you’d think it’d be easier to clear the low bar that had been set. Sadly, not all films can follow up in some big and impressive way. For those films, all one can do is see it and judge it for what it has to offer. If you’re revisiting it after so many years, like I am with this film’s 10 year anniversary now upon us, it might be even harder to view the film at all. You’ve had an opinion about it for years and have heard all there is to hear about how bad it is. But maybe an aging film can surprise you. Show you something you didn’t see before. Give a new kind of life to a film you’d previously believed beneath you. Or, it could be this film. That pretty much speaks for itself.

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