A Sequel Too Far
As I started to think about movie sequels I was sure I could do what I did when I wrote about movie remakes and suggest rules that tend to indicate when to stop making sequels (see “Rules for Movie Remakes” under Commentary). But as I did my research I quickly came to realize that from a critical point of view (money is of course the primary reason why studios do sequels), there really were not any hard and fast rules I could come up with about what makes a bad or good sequel.
Of course, like every move buff, I have a list of what I consider to have been bad sequels:
- Rocky V and Rocky VI (AKA Rocky Balboa)
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
- Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace
But this is a very personal list and I cannot put together any logic that suggests the stars or film makers should have stopped making the sequels at some particular point. Yes, absolutely, Sylvester Stallone should never make another Rocky! But, I am excited about the upcoming Star Wars VII and will be one of the first in line if a new Indiana Jones movie is made.
So, Instead I decided to look up which actor has done the most sequels and let you decide for yourself if any of them went a sequel too far.
In reverse order, the top five movie sequel actors are:
#5: 9 Sequels – Eddie Murphy
Beverly Hills Cop II, III, & IV, Another 48 Hours, Nutty Professor II, Doctor Doolittle 2, Shrek 2, 3, & Forever After
Tie for #4 11 Sequels – Sylvester Stallone
Rocky II, III, IV, V & VI, Expendables 2,3 & 4, Rambo II, III, & IV,
Tie for #4 11 Sequels – Harrison Ford
Indiana Jones 2, 3, 4 & 5, Expendables 3, Anchorman 2, Star Wars, IV, V, VI, Patriot Games & Clear and Present Danger (Jack Ryan)
#2 17 Sequels – Desmond Llewelyn
#1 18 Sequels – Mickey Rooney
Mickey played Andy Hardy in 19 films(18 sequels) from 1937 to 1946.
So, what are your favorite and least favorite movie sequels? Make your comments below.