Movies marques all over look like they have more numbers than letters on them with the amount of sequels released. Sequels seemingly dominate the market and with the amount of box office success this trend will not go away anytime soon. Love them or hate them, we are going to get our fair share of continued stories.
However, 2014 looks like it could be a year where we get more than the typical sequel. Good things come to those who wait and in 2014 we should get three treats that we have patiently anticipated.
300: The Rise of an Empire
We all remember the movie that made having visible abs a must. Comic book geeks everywhere with pot bellies decided to do a few extra crunches hoping it may help them look like the stars of Frank Miller’s ‘300.’ Seven years have already passed since the first film was released and finally we get our sequel. ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ is more than your typical sequel. The film will fill in some of the missing pieces before and during the events of the first film as well as what happens after. We can most likely expect much of the same, violence on top of more violence. Marvel Comic Book films continue to succeed and earn money so this film’s release is no surprise. The film is set to be released on March 7.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Add another must-see sequel brought to us by Frank Miller with ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.’ The wait for this sequel has been even longer, the original ‘Sin City’ released in 2005. Nine years later we get a few more stories with some familiar characters including Marv played by Mickey Rourke and Dwight this time played by Josh Brolin. In the original Dwight was played by Clive Owen, but as already explained in the first film, he has undergone facial reconstruction surgery making him unrecognizable to some. The film will also feature Josh Gordon-Levitt as a gambler who we can only assume runs into some sort of trouble. The first film was very well-received and opened up a door to the graphic novel genre of less popular comic books becoming feature films. If the sequel comes out anything like the original expect a trilogy to finish it off sometime in the future. The film is set to be released on August 22.
Dumb and Dumber To
Two decades and the laughs are still there with the 1994 film ‘Dumb and Dumber.’ Could we have lived a happy fulfilling life without a sequel? If you have seen the first movie then you can agree that ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is worth the risk. A movie that is so dumb, said as a compliment, it uses poor grammar in the title; this sequel had been talked about for years. Finally the original stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were convinced to come back for one last adventure and this year we will get it. Will the jokes live up to the first film or will they try too hard to make us laugh? Will the story be original enough or will we get recycled material? Whatever the end product is, comedy fans everywhere have their big gulps ready, their Samsonite luggage packed, and their radios turned off. Who needs radio when you have a sequel to one of the funniest comedies–dare I say, ever? The film is set to be released on November 14.