As if Hollywood weren’t already tapping the idea well dry, in recent years they’ve began making plans for sequels to long dead franchises. While fans can’t help but be excited to see some of their favorite characters back in action, one must wonder if it is too late for a sequel.
The most recent of aired comedy trailers was promoting Dumb And Dumber To. The film will be a direct sequel to 1994’s Dumb and Dumber. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels won the hearts of the film’s audience with overly silly and often moronic antics. The film is fondly remembered as a great comic and box office success.
The film had a $16 million budget and grossed $127 million in the United States alone. Internationally, the movie garnered just under $250 million. The original comedy was a box office hit. Will the sequel fair the same? Will nostalgia alone draw in movie goers and their families? Why should the modern audience care about these men and their new journey?
In the year 2014, we stand exactly twenty years after the release of the original film. The trailer was aired on a recent edition of The Tonight Show. While the film appears to be an honest sequel staying true to Harry and Lloyd’s characters, the trailer goes for a lot of cheap laughs. While the original film went for low blows, it never directly had Lloyd put his hand inside of an elderly woman’s private area. However, the film does look to be a fine addition to original film.
How will this film fair with modern audiences? Films have changed over the past twenty years and one can’t help but wonder if newer audiences will care about Harry and Lloyd’s misadventures. Is it too late to make a throwback joke to a twenty year old film? Will this sequel be too self aware and ruin its own chances?
With many other direct sequels planned for the upcoming years, it seems inevitible that this will be a new formula in Hollywood. Zoolander, Beetlejuice and many others are under the sequel umbrella. It would seem that we’ll be getting a lot of high doses of characters from the past. Will it be too late to turn a profit? How long is too long to wait for a sequel? Will these films hold up on nostalgia alone?