Hollywood is scrambling for fresh ideas that would appeal to young movie goers while attracting the older crowd through nostalgia and familiarity. This is the reason why many of the movies today are sequels, prequels and remakes. Some movie fans complain about the lack of idea but adapting a movie for modern times or showing how the characters from past films progress can still be very interesting.
Prequels may be connected to a past hit film, but they do differ from sequels and remakes. You are not required to have watched the previous films because the films are set before the original story. Even though prequels can gain a buzz due to the franchises past success the can also end up as a disaster. Fortunately, there are some prequels that are as good or if not better than the original film;
The common reaction to Casino Royale is that it’s trying to emulate the “Bourne” series. But Casino Royale is actually a true return to its form because the spy film now focuses on the character instead of the advanced gadgets. Daniel Craig provides a fresh face to the new gritty character of James Bond.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a perfect example on how technology should blend with great acting and storytelling. It’s not a perfect movie but its fun to watch and learn more about the mythos on how apes eventually became earth’s leader.
We saved the best for last. The gritty interpretation of Christopher Nolan shows the human yet powerful side of the legendary Bruce Wayne played by Christian Bale. It’s a serious prequel but really fun to watch because of the action and storytelling.