While some moviegoers might perk up at the prospect of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes 2, in which Robert Downey Jr. reprises the role of Iron Man in a bowler hat (a Sherlock without Starbucks, despite his prop in the accompanying picture), I couldn't agree more with Patrick Goldstein about Hollywood's latest epidemic of sequelitis. Hangover 2? Scream 4? Make it stop, please.
Hollywood's argument on behalf of sequelitis is that when a studio has a profitable brand, the shareholders demand sequels to boost the upside of the profits/loss statement. To that wisdom one might retort, "Sex and the City 2" (the movie that made me laugh, but that many of my readers loathed loathed loathed) underperformed at the box office this weekend. (Read the funniest SATC 2 smackdown here, a review that made me laugh harder than the movie did.)
Which sequel do you dread most? Which sequel is most superfluous? Any sequels you'd like to see? Hmm, for me, Speed Racer 2 or Mamma Mia! 2 are most dreadworthy; Scream 4 is most superfluous; and the only way I'd want to see a followup to The Hangover, which I enjoyed, is if the lead characters were sober throughout.