12.22.2008

TEN SEQUELS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL : PART FOUR


















YOUR ARGUMENT
The first is pure Spielbreg-produced Americana: terrifying, funny, close to home. The second is overproduced, over-the-top slapstick that has next to nothing to do with the original.
MY ARGUMENT
And how! While Joe Dante directed both films, the first is Spielberg through & through - and what that means is: suburbia with a sci-fi edge (Back to the Future, The Goonies, Poltergeist). And there's nothing wrong with that.
Like most of the movies on this list, the first generally has a very specific job: establishment. Once we know the characters & what the 'gremlins' are/do, the sky's the limit. & Dante took that sentiment to heart with no apologies.
On a subjective note - and this applies to most sequels - there should be a perfect balance of familiar characters with a complete change of tone, setting, and/or structure. The New Batch nails it.
ALWAYS BE CLOSING
The film concludes with Dante regular Robert Picardo getting loved up by a female gremlin. So...there.


1 comment:

Max Kyburz said...

I really ought to see the entire film. Because I only saw the said ending you are speaking of.

I think what I didn't really like about the first one is the extra morbid and ultimately unnecessary side story about Phoebe Cates' dad.

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