Prequels are a harmful sport. Sequels are arduous sufficient, and prequels have the added burden of telling you a backstory you most likely already know elements of. It may be troublesome, if not inconceivable, to construct dramatic stakes in an setting when the end result is one most individuals have already got a agency grasp on.
And but, in an period when franchise extensions are in all places, the lure of a prequel may be arduous to withstand. There are a number of extra coming to film screens shortly, and Hollywood extra typically doesn’t appear to be involved with the challenges they pose. Making a very good prequel is tough, to make certain, but it surely’s not inconceivable. These motion pictures all managed to discover a technique to do it, and the very best even managed to make use of it to their benefit.
The person with no identify trilogy is likely one of the finest within the historical past of cinema, however The Good, the Unhealthy, and the Ugly is undoubtedly the very best of the three movies. It’s true, after all, that this film is barely by the way a prequel, and its solely connection to the opposite installments within the franchise is its central determine. Even so, the movie is so thrilling all by itself that it greater than earns a spot on this record. This might not be the film you need if you happen to’re concerned about constructing out the world or studying extra about backstory, however if you happen to simply desire a good film, you couldn’t do significantly better.
Alien and Aliens are two of the easiest sci-fi motion pictures ever made, so the bar was fairly excessive when it was introduced that Ridley Scott could be making a prequel that instructed the story of how the aliens got here to be. Some of the daring strikes made on this first Alien prequel is to virtually fully ignore the aliens which have made the franchise so profitable. As an alternative, Prometheus is heavy on questions in regards to the nature of existence and crammed with a few of the lushest sci-fi imagery you’ll discover anyplace. It’s not for everybody, however the film has sufficient heady concepts, plus a terrific efficiency from Michael Fassbender, to face by itself.
That includes a really stellar ensemble forged that features younger Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Zoe Kravitz, X-Males: First Class is a fairly terrific exploration of the world of X-Males again within the swinging ’60s. The film’s climax, which takes place throughout the Cuba Missile Disaster, feels exactly on the proper scale, and it provides us loads of time to know the friendship between Charles and Erik, and the ideological variations that will ultimately tear them aside.
One other film that capabilities completely nicely whether or not you realize it’s a prequel or not, On line casino Royale lastly supplies us with the foundational trauma on the coronary heart of James Bond. He fell in love as soon as, and he received burned. Whereas that love story is what fuels On line casino Royale, it additionally proves to be a totally thrilling introduction to Daniel Craig’s model of the character. The motion is so sharp and the poker is so thrilling (sure, actually) that even after 15 years of taking part in the function, Craig’s very first outing proved troublesome to high.
Maybe one of the foolhardy ventures within the historical past of cinema, making a sequel to The Godfather ought to have been a catastrophe. As an alternative, this sequel/prequel completely measures as much as its predecessor. Whereas solely a part of the film is a prequel on this case, the prequel sections of The Godfather Half II, which star a younger Robert De Niro as younger Vito Corleone, are probably the most thrilling within the movie. De Niro’s efficiency is so completely compelling that he gained an Oscar for the function simply two years after Marlon Brando had gained for enjoying the identical character.
Mamma Mia: Right here We Go Once more follows the sequel/prequel route established by The Godfather Half II, however to very totally different ends. The prequel a part of this story works so nicely thanks largely to Lily James, who performs a youthful model of Meryl Streep’s Donna with such verve that it seems like she may very well be the solar. The musical numbers listed below are vividly staged, and whereas it’s mainly a complete load of nonsense, that’s a part of the enchantment. Lovely folks singing ABBA songs in Greece! What extra may you need?
The whole thing of the newest Apestrilogy are prequels, however Daybreak of the Planet of the Apes is the one that almost all successfully exhibits us precisely how the world of the unique Planet of the Apes got here to be. What’s extra, the film can also be an exquisite motion journey in its personal proper. Following Caesar, the ape from Rise who escapes into the wilderness, Daybreak establishes that the apes have arrange their very own civilization within the woods of California. When males come across their secret hideout, although, questions start to come up about whether or not apes and people can stay collectively in peace. It’s thrilling, and never simply because the motion-captured actors taking part in apes look large.
The strongest of the Star Wars prequels, Revenge of the Sith lastly bridges the hole and exhibits us precisely how Anakin reworked into Darth Vader. Because it seems, Anakin falls to the darkish facet after dropping his love and realizing that the Jedi Order he’s pledged his allegiance to is way from pure. Revenge of the Sith is fairly bluntly political, and it feels extra related now than when it was launched. On high of its sensible politics, the film additionally options a number of genuinely nice lightsaber duels, together with the climactic battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan on Mustafar.
We get hints as to who Diana Prince is all through Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice, but it surely isn’t till Marvel Lady that we totally perceive the place she got here from. Because it seems, Marvel Lady could be one thing of a excessive level for the DCEU. Due to some sensible directorial decisions and a pointy script, Marvel Lady is a enjoyable motion film, a candy romantic comedy, and the film that proved, perhaps as soon as and for all, that Chris Pine is the very best Chris in Hollywood.
When David Lynch made Twin Peaks, he began the tv sequence with the surprising demise of the preferred woman in class. We by no means meet Laura Palmer on the sequence, however in Hearth Stroll With Me, Lynch rectifies that by displaying us precisely what occurred within the run-up to her demise. The ensuing movie is deeply tragic, however the heartbreak all feels fairly intentional. Sheryl Lee’s efficiency right here is startlingly nice, so it solely made sense that Lynch wound up bringing her again to play a vital function in Twin Peaks: The Return greater than 25 years later.