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Modern sequels reveal lackluster film content?

By Martin VanBuren III
On September 26, 2018

Jamie Lee Curtis returns in her role as Laurie Strode to take on her brother Michael Myers one last time in “Halloween (2018).”

It’s movie trailer season! Let’s talk about a few, shall we?

October is my favorite time of year: between the cold weather, Halloween, beanie-season, and all the blankets I can afford, we also get the final movie trailers for films set to debut in the coming months.

Let’s start with this year’s sequel of “Halloween.”

I was extremely skeptical when I first heard that another sequel to the 1978 “Halloween” was going to be released. The main draw: original cast member Jamie Lee Curtis. I gave an audible sigh when I first heard this.

This sequel to “Halloween” was going to be just like all the other rebooted, recreated, and reimagined films 30+ years later: safe, unimaginative, and basically “clickbait” for nostalgia.

The newest “Halloween” trailer was a bit odd for me. I loved how Michael Myers’ mask looked. If you have seen any of the other, disappointing “Halloween” sequels, you’ll know that the mask never lived up to the original. But it looks convincing this time around.

In the first few seconds of the trailer, it’s clear that Michael has escaped. Woah. Big surprise there. How does this man keep escaping? You know what might’ve been a darker twist? If Jamie Lee Curtis’ character went to visit Michael and ended up being trapped in a prison lockdown with Michael missing. Suspense? I think yes.

But hold on. The soundtrack sounds...good? I know the main “Halloween” theme is pretty iconic and not overly difficult to reproduce, but one thing that modern movies seem to be getting right is the soundtrack.

The dialogue just seems forced, uninspired, and almost like the entire movie could’ve been written by a fan.

Are we going to get even more closure this time around? I’m going to say no, because the studio will probably milk “Halloween” for another three films.

And while we’re on the topic of sequels, we have a wildly different film trailer to talk about next: “Mary Poppins Returns.”

I’m just going to say it now, Emily Blunt is going to be the only standout in this film.

How do I know? Well, again it all comes down to writing. The few lines we do hear her speak are genuine; and while no one can replace Julie Andrews, Blunt’s delivery of lines and singing both seem to capture that nostalgia.

I was never really a huge Marry Poppins fan when I was younger, but as I have grown older, I still can’t get over just how wonderful the Van Dyke-Andrews combination is. But enough about them.

The score, again, I think will save this movie in addition to the nostalgic cartoon-like universe they travel to. With that being said, the line “Everything is falling to pieces since your mother…” made me throw up a little. Poor writing and poor performance.

However, Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep and Dick Van Dyke, I’m assuming, will be playing small, cameo-like roles, and I’m VERY excited to see just a glimpse of them.

The trailer says “The Magic Always Returns,” but right now that just seems like the studio is saying “The Money Always Returns.”

 

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