I was thinking that it’s pretty easy to list the best movie sequels of all time, you have a lot of good contenders with Aliens, The Dark Knight, The Empire Strikes Back etc. But what about the most disappointing movie sequels of all time, those are harder to come up with. Well I have come up with such a list! I have compiled a list of The Most Disappointing Sequels of All Time split into two parts! Here is Part I!
*WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones (2002)
Where do I even start with this movie, the title, Hayden Christensen’s terrible acting? Well either way this movie was a huge disappointment, which is a shame because once Obi-Wan Kenobi mentioned “The Clone Wars” to Luke in A New Hope, I thought, “Now that would be really cool to see that!” Oh wow, and to think I actually liked this movie when it came out, but then again do fourteen year olds really have good taste in movies? I digress, so this film continues the story of Anakin Skywalker (Luke’s father) and him learning the ways of the force from his Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) after Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) was killed by the Sith Apprentice Darth Maul in the previous film. The film attempts to explain the beginning of The Clone Wars, and the threat of a new Sith Lord (Count Dooku), who is Darth Sidious’ new apprentice. Anakin is struggling to control his emotions and his attraction to Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman), because relationships are a big no no in the Jedi order. The acting in this film is pretty awful, especially from Hayden Christensen, how can an actor be so wooden and robotic? He was a horrible choice for Anakin Skywalker and it’s a real shame because these prequels had so much potential to flesh out the characters of Obi-Wan and Anakin.
At first glance when I look at the title Attack of The Clones, I can’t help but think of those really cheesy trailers for 50’s horror films, where the voice-over says something to the effect of “What happens when spiders are covered in radioactive waste?! They become mutant monsters, it’s THE ATTACK OF THE MUTANT SPIDERS!!!!“ And the words appear on the screen to shock the viewer. Also the light-saber battle between Count Dooku and Yoda is the most ridiculous thing I have ever witnessed, it looks like Yoda is hopped up on cocaine while he is fighting Count Dooku.
Another thing that ruined the film was the romance between Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman). All they do is sit around and look at each other, and sometimes Anakin comes off as a creepy stalker, it’s really hilarious actually.
I could go on and on, but suffice to say this is one of the most disappointing sequels of all time.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
This was the sequel to the 2003 Bryan Singer film, X2: X-Men United, the only difference is that Brett Ratner directed this film and that’s where things take a turn for the worst I’m afraid.
This film continues the story of Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his team of mutant superheroes known as the X-Men. A drug has been developed that can help mutants get rid of their power for good and it creates a war between Magneto (Ian McKellan) and his Brotherhood of Mutants and Professor X and his team the X-Men.
Okay, so the plot isn’t terrible, it’s mostly in how it was executed. I like the idea of mutants being able to choose to remove their powers for good, but it just fails as a story because so much random stuff happens and some of it doesn’t even make sense.
Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) transforms into The Phoenix and becomes so powerful, to the point she kills her boyfriend, Cyclops (Scott Summers, James Marsden) off-screen, which is upsetting, and she kills Professor X too! (Why would you kill off one of the best characters and best actors?!) Near the end of the film, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is forced to kill Jean because she cannot be stopped and is becoming too powerful and Magneto’s powers are removed or are they?
Angel is a cool character in the X-Men comics, but they just ruined him in this film, he just looks like a shirtless model with wings. His character was handled horribly. Oh and who can forget Vinnie Jones (known for being in Guy Ritchie’s films) as The Juggernaut. The most quotable line in this film has to be “…I’m the Juggernaut bitch!” You can’t argue with that, especially when he is Vinnie Jones. Who decided to cast Vinnie Jones as The Juggernaut, wow, that was a very bad idea. However the one redeeming factor of this film was casting Kelsey Grammer as Beast, that was a brilliant idea, and a very good choice!
Luckily in his most recent film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer decided that X-Men: The Last Stand was such a horrible mistake, that in the new X-Men timeline, it never happened! It was Bryan Singer’s way of saying “Yea, you know that horrible film I had nothing to do with, well it never happened, so don’t worry.” Thank God! Well suffice to say X-Men: The Last Stand was a mess, and I’m so glad we have X-Men Days of Future Past instead.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
The final film in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy continues the story of Peter Park/Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) as he struggles to balance his relationship with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) and his life as the crime-fighting, Spider-Man! Meanwhile Harry Osborn (James Franco) is coming to terms with the revelation that Peter Parker is Spider-Man and believes him to have killed his father (Willem Dafoe). Peter and Harry’s friendship becomes strained and Peter comes into contact with an alien symbiote that changes his personality and makes him do some questionable things, including trying to dance with an emo-style haircut. Peter must fight against Sandman (Thomas Hayden Church) and Venom, (the alien symbiote merging with a vengeful photographer from The Daily Bugle, named Eddie Brock, Topher Grace), who join forces to destroy Spider-Man.
My main gripe with this film is that there is too much going on, we have Harry being a villian for a good portion of the film and we also have Venom and Sandman. Supposedly, Sam Raimi didn’t want Venom in the film, but the studio forced Raimi to add him in (that’s a shame). Another problem I had with the film is Topher Grace as Eddie Brock, Eddie Brock is a huge guy, he works out like crazy in the comics and I’m sorry Topher Grace is not intimidating. Finally, the scenes with Peter Parker trying to act like a rebel, and deciding to start rocking an emo hair-cut, it’s so bad that it’s funny. Spider-Man 2 was a great Spider-Man film, but Spider-Man 3 was mediocre at best.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
This sequel to J.J. Abrams’ successful 2009 film, Star Trek, continues the story of James Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew of The Enterprise. This time, Kirk and his crew are faced with their biggest threat yet, John Harrison, who is eventually revealed to be Khan Noonien Singh (Benedict Cumberbatch). I had high hopes going into this film, but ended ultimately being disappointed. First of all Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of the best movies and one of the best sequels, and to try and remake that is just impossible. So I was kind of surprised that Abrams went that route, because Cumberbatch is good, but he’s no Khan, I mean Ricardo Montalban will always be Khan no matter what, he owned that role. Also the plot was very weak, why did we need that subplot of the Admiral (Peter Weller) being evil, it didn’t add anything to the story. The only redeeming part of this film was the friendship between Kirk and Spock, that was well done, minus Spock screaming “Khan!!!!”
Suffice to say I was very disappointed with this sequel and will go in with low expectations for the third Star Trek film.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull (2008)
This was the fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise, and saw the return of Indiana Jones AKA Henry Jones Junior (Harrison Ford). This time Indiana reunites with his old flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), meets his son Henry Jones III (Shia LaBouf) and is in search of the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and is trying to find it before the Russians do led by Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett).
My main gripe with this film was having the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull be inter-dimensional aliens. Why did it have to be aliens, I assume that was George Lucas’ idea. I always have felt that the Indiana Jones films should always walk the line of legends, biblical myths, and the supernatural but never cross that line. Alas, they have crossed that line and the plot’s resolution was that it was aliens?! Another problem with the film is Cate Blanchett’s character, she is so over the top and cartoony.
This film is also known for it’s ridiculous scene where Indiana ends up trapped at a nuclear test site, and hides in a refrigerator to protect himself. This absurd scene led to the phrase “nuking the fridge,” referring to when writers run out ideas and it’s very obvious to the audience.
I wanted this film to continue the trend of good Indiana Jones stories, but this one disappointed.
Well that concludes Part I of The Most Disappointing Movie Sequels of All Time! Part II will be up soon!
What say you? Do you agree with my list? What do you consider some of the most disappointing movie sequels? Whatever your thoughts let me know!