Top 5 Movie Franchises that have Overstayed Their Welcome
Witnessing a film grow into a franchise is an exciting ordeal. It gives the audience a chance to experience the characters we’ve come to love and admire, and be able to see them return to their stories is always a fun adventure. Most of the time, the sequels can be fun or they can be a dud. For this list, we’ll be taking a look at five film franchise that have been around for too long and should’ve ended on a high note. Instead, we were given countless sequels, reboots or remakes that ultimately drained us of any lasting interest. This isn’t to say that these films are bad, but that the franchise needs to end and move on to something else. Let’s count them down.
Seeing dinosaurs come to life was an experience that no one will ever forget and the first film in the franchise will always be the crowning achievement. The Lost World was overlong and not that interesting while Jurassic Park 3 was B-movie entertainment at its finest. We were skeptical when Jurassic World was released, but were left satisfied and thrilled by the fresh coat of paint that the franchise was given.
Fallen Kingdom is another story. This sequel lacked a convincing story and essentially felt like a waste of time. This is the film that numerous people walked out of while it played it theaters. It just wasn’t the vision that the fans were wanting and given after all these years, there really isn’t much one can do with a dinosaur movie that sees the great giants roam the Earth alongside the humans. It’s a story that has already been told and Steven Spielberg delivered the goods with the first film. A third entry of the Jurassic World entries has been announced and while it may prove to be a thrilling experience, it’s time that we leave the dinosaurs where they belong…in history.
The first time the Autobots and Decepticons arrived on the big screen left us with our jaws on the floor and we were eager for another bombastic sequel. Sure enough, Michael Bay returned with not one, but four sequels, each getting worse and worse. The plots became second nature, the action was aggressively produced and, they weren’t as fun and engaging as the 2007 original. The humor became too crude and even the sexual innuendos became borderline criminal. While Bumblebee was an improvement over the noisy and ill-conceived sequels, seeing the giant robots tango on Earth’s cities isn’t the same anymore. It was fun the first time, but watching them feels more or less like watching firecrackers on the fourth of July, it’s just eye-candy for the brain. Now, I will admit that Transformers could be awesome, take the animated adventures for example, but in terms of the big screen adaptation, that was many summers ago and it’s time to forget all that happened and move on to the next exciting thing.
Just hear me out for a moment. I don’t know about you, but when I first saw Spider-Man in theaters back in 2002, I had goosebumps during the opening credits and still do even when I watch it to this day. After Spider-Man 2, I lost that feeling and not even Andrew Garfield nor Tom Holland captures the essence of what I experienced when I first witnessed our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man soar across the screen. Toby Maguire was an interesting choice but he was and is the original Spider-Man. Sure, time does pass and other actors will fill Maguire’s shoes, but it has never been the same. The style and special effects have certainly gotten better but one crucial thing is missing from the recent Spider-Man movies and that is interesting and unique villains. I will give credit to Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming but no one matches Green Goblin and Dr. Octopus. Let’s play it safe and admit that we can forget the one with Venom, Sandman and New Goblin. Don’t get me wrong Spider-Man is a great character who isn’t going away, but these continuous films have not quite matched what Sam Raimi brought us in his first two entries; although Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a possible exception.
I think most people can agree that not only is Bourne a kick-ass character but the Bourne Trilogy is one of the best action trilogies ever made. Each entry was better than the next and offered more excitement and thrills that kept the audience enthralled. The ones that came thereafter are lackluster to say it nicely. The Bourne Legacy was mildly okay at best but the movie took away everything that fans love about this franchise, Jason Bourne! We got to see Matt Damon return in Jason Bourne and while that reunited Damon with Paul Greengrass (director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum), it didn’t match its predecessors and is a largely forgettable film. Plus, Jason Bourne added nothing new and still fills not even close to the original trilogy. While it was nice to see Matt Damon in that iconic role, the Bourne story is over and the trilogy was perfect. It gave us a great story, memorable characters and amazing action that keep us watching them to this day. Does anybody still watch The Bourne Legacy or Jason Bourne? I didn’t think so.
The Fast and the Furious
You knew this would be on this list. Yes, the Saw franchise of action movies is here and refuses to be retired or even die at this point. What started out as a simple movie regarding street racing has now turned into a James Bond/Mission Impossible ripoff. The movies have gotten steadily better with select entries including Fast Five and Furious 7, but the other films in-between (with exception to 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift) are just mindless action filled with stunts that would make any physics professor scratch their head to the point of bleeding. Nevertheless, this franchise has made bank for Universal Pictures making it their highest grossing franchise and we still have three more films on the way. I know guys like their cars, but this is a little much wouldn’t you say?
That concludes this list but I did mention Saw earlier and stay tuned for another list where I’ll be mentioning five other film franchises that have overstayed their welcome leaving us wanting to watch something else just to break the monotony.