Star Wars: And Yet Another Sequel
I read somewhere that it was these blockbusters like the Marvel films, the endless Fast and Furious movies, the action films, or what-have-you, that keep the money flowing so that Hollywood can occasional make the smaller or less known films. So I guess it's all good in the end, unless you're like me at times, and you sort of get fed up with them after a while--haters gotta hate syndrome. But I know in the end, that's what they are, and two, I like some of those films as well. I'm not a very sophisticated movie critic. There are enough films out there that no matter what you love or hate to go around, and in the end enough to please most people.
Here recently I've been watching some horror films. 'Tis the season. Just this past weekend, I saw Beyond Re-Animator (a sequel to Re-Animator) based on a H. P. Lovecraft story. For a sequel it wasn't too bad. They closely followed the original film, had a love story as part of the plot, Jeffery Combs reprises his role as Dr. Herbert West, and as the film goes along it goes right off the rails with the horror and violence as the first picture did. Sometimes that's all that's need in a sequel. That's one of the reasons Star Wars I, II, and III didn't vary a lot from IV: New Hope, V, and VI. Fans I think want to revisit some of the original story, and experience or try to recapture some of that warm fuzzy a second time around. For the most part it works, it works as far as a retelling device goes. Of course now with the computers, forums, and the like, fans and people of all ilk can hash and argue over whether or not it worked. For a SF fan or genre geek, it's their playground at the water cooler like sports might have been or still is at one time.
I saw a shift in that at the office as a matter of fact. When I hired out and was the new greenhorn learning the ropes, I worked around older gentlemen. Then they talked about family, some sports, household fix it stuff, farming, or some such. As the years went by, and a newer generation came in, you saw a slight shift. They'd still talked about family to a degree, sports, but also throw in something about Star Wars, South Park, and so on. Pop culture was getting more mainstream.
Anyway, I'm bloviating a bit here. A friend sent me something comical covering the Star Wars franchise so I thought I'd shared it here in case you had not seen it. I'd not seen or knew of Mr. Plinkett's views over at Youtube. It is pretty funny.