As Franchise Fred I believe they should always keep making sequels no matter what. There is always more story to tell, but it’s still on the storytellers to make them great stories. It’s important to demand more when the sequels fail the franchise so these are the Worst Sequels of 2017. Don’t let these happen again.
10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Yes, I did not like The Last Jedi, but I’m not going online and complaining about it either. It just didn’t make me excited about these new characters or the modern day story.
9. The LEGO Ninjago Movie – Being the first LEGO movie to disappoint me is extra heartbreaking, but it was bound to happen. Maybe having two LEGO movies in a single year is spreading too thin. But if they delayed Ninjago they would’ve needed to really work on the story and bring it up to part with the others and I don’t think they were ever going to do that.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 – Guardians of the Galaxy was a refreshingly irreverent take on the Marvel formula, so it was extra disappointing when the sequel was aggressively distasteful. The freedom of a hit sequel empowered unfortunate misogynistic tendencies, and the action was crap on a disengaged green screen. The music was definitely B-list too.
7. Kong: Skull Island – There were a lot of good ideas in Kong: Skull Island, but none were developed into anything meaningful. Just mentioning Vietnam and shell shock and disgruntled vets doesn’t make it Apocalypse Now. Honestly, just make a simple movie where King Kong swats helicopters and stomps on fleeing civilians. The classics still work.
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming – A Spider-Man movie that’s not really Spider-Man at all. If organic webshooters were a betrayal of Peter Parker’s inventions, then how could you want to see him in a Tony Stark super suit with unlimited deus ex machina functions?
5. Justice League – Sorry, Scott. The best I can say about this is there’s a fun Flash and Aquaman short buried in there. But the Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman action is a mess, with little teamwork and just green screen CGI.
4. Alien: Covenant – I’m more disappointed in a bad Alien movie than bad comic book sequels. Explaining where the xenomorphs come from is not something anyone wants. Monsters are scary because they just exist. The amount of aping scenes from Aliens just makes it seem like Ridley Scott’s sour grapes. But Scott stuck it to Kevin Spacey this year so he’s redeemed himself.
3. T2: Trainspotting – You’d think T2: Trainspotting would be my jam. It’s a 20 years later sequel all about the dangers of nostalgia. But showing how stagnating nostalgia can be only makes a really, really boring movie.
2. Rings – The whole premise of this franchise is that the ring tape has to be passed on, yet they cannot figure out how to continue the sequels. New technology should’ve given them more story, but it’s a deathly boring retread of the exact same thing.
1. Pitch Perfect 3 – This movie not only fails it’s franchise but it is dangerous for its target demo. Girls do not need to see a movie about fawning over boys and “tarting” up for attention. The music isn’t even enough to save this.
Note: There were so many franchise movies in 2017 I could come up with a list of at least 10 I didn’t even see: CHiPS, The Dark Tower, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Daddy’s Home 2, The Emoji Movie, Nut Job 2, Despicable Me 3, Boo 2: A Madea Halloween, Flatliners and Jeepers Creepers 3 on principle. I fear if I’d seen them I’d just have a list of 20, so you get the point. And Baywatch was bad but didn’t even make this list. With great franchises comes great responsibility so Franchise Fred has to live with the world he wished for.