Are Movie Sequels Necessary?

They’re everywhere, continuously being made in maximum overdrive, and it seems that no one can escape their clutches. Sequels are the number one cause of a movie’s demise, from the unnecessary parts one and two of a final book in a series to the ongoing additions to popular movies. These extra movies lower the production level and waste screen time, something that should be available for movies that are actually creative and original and not some recreation that everyone knows will never live up to its full potential.

When pertaining to a book series, movie producers seem to be in love with this idea that the last book absolutely has to be split into two movies, where the infamous trilogy of Twilight, the current Hunger Games, or even Harry Potter had their final goodbyes to the big screen extended due to the last book being split.

Avid reader and movie go-er Payal Ahuja, a sophomore at BCHS, discusses the all too popular Harry Potter, stating that the “classic could only have seven books because that’s what the story demanded. With both parts of the successful The Deathly Hallows, a trend in Hollywood has begun of splitting the last movie of a series into two parts. This, more than not, is completely unnecessary.”

When it comes to original movies with a mass amount of sequels, such as Dreamwork’s Shrek, where three different sequels were produced, or even the hilarious Hangover, with two dying out sequels, it is proven that sequels are a waste.

“A lot of sequels are simply money-making gimmicks employed after the first success,” says Ahuja.

An example of this “money-making gimmick” could be the well known Fast and Furious series, where the incredulous seventh movie is just coming out this later April. The bored car movies are simply overkill, the quintessence of a dying series with simply too much money and time to waste.

Movies are something that everyone takes for granted, especially when taking into consideration the amount of time it takes to create them only for them to experience the inexorable flop. Therefore, sequels are a waste of time and money and should be banned from the big screen entirely, unless, of course, they receive a wonderful review, then they should be limited at the least.