I'm generally averse to sequels. Back when I taught 7th grade, it never failed that, upon finishing reading Lois Lowry's "The Giver," a novel known for its brilliantly ambiguous ending, some kids would basically attack me with...BUT WHAT HAPPENS??? You'd think their little lives are over, and I'm all like, "Come on, guys. Not everything needs to be wrapped up nice and tight. Not every story needs to continue. We get to imagine its continuance, and that's better as far as I'm concerned."
They don't buy it. Why would they?
They have been raised in Hollywood's Rehash Age, a diabolical capitalist scheme to continue to take money from teenagers fueled by their nostalgia-riddled parents. It shows no sign of stopping, and I'm gonna be straight: I'm not as cynical about this as I seem. The nostalgia things works for me sometimes. And there are some characters I love so much that I would watch any new story their makers have to tell, even if, in one case, I didn't even know it.
It's Long-Awaited Sequels this week as part of Wandering through the Shelves' Thursday Movies Picks.
Here are mine:
dir. Kevin Smith, 2006
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
dir. Steven Spielberg, 2008
dir. Ryan Coogler, 2015
Bonus! Two Long-Awaited Sequels I Can't Wait to See This Year
dir. Brad Bird, 2018
dir. David Gordon Green, 2018