This week on End Credits, it’s all about the sequels! Yes, we review the Wreck-It-Ralph follow-up Ralph Breaks the Internet, but there’s a lot of sequel talk in terms of what next chapters that people are eager to see, what sequels we’re definitely going to see next, and what sequels failed to materialize. Also, we talk about a little foot-in-mouth concerning the recent passing of a legend.
This Wednesday, November 28, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss:
Remake Delights. For some strange reason, The Hollywood Reporter decided to gauge the interest of the general public in seeing new entries in several venerable franchises, and the one they were most excited about was Back to the Future. For the record, there is no Back to the Future remake or sequel in the works, but it seems that despite the criticisms, people just can’t wait for more of what’s old and what’s familiar. We’ll take a deeper look at the numbers.
Maher in the Headlights. In the widespread outpouring of grief for the passing of Stan Lee, one lone courageous voice dared to ask, “What’s the big deal?” Comedian Bill Maher, to paraphrase, said that only a country that takes comic books so seriously could elect someone like Donald Trump, which caused a rare unanimous wave of outrage. What did Maher get wrong about Lee and his legacy, and why double down on the comments?
The Lightening Brief. In the wave of YA adaptations following the success of Harry Potter, the most obvious choice to replicate that success was Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Directed by Chris Columbus, who launched the Potter franchise, Percy Jackson didn’t become a big ongoing franchise, and the author of the original books, Rick Riordan, thinks it’s because the studio didn’t listen to him. But how much power should an author have over an adaption?
Once Upon a LEGO Aquaman. Everything is awesome in the land of big sequels and franchises. This past week we got a new trailer for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, the final trailer for Aquaman, and a trailer for Once Upon a Deadpool, AKA: the PG-13 re-release of Deadpool 2. Which of these trailers are we excited about? Which of them could we do without?
REVIEW: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018). In Disney’s first big screen sequel since The Rescuers Down Under, we return to Litwak’s arcade where video game characters Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz are still best friends, and stuck in their nightly routine. All that changes though when Old Man Litwak hooks his arcade up to wifi, and Ralph and Venellope are all allowed to explore the internet with all its wonderful ephemera. But can their friendship survive all the Easter eggs and inside jokes?
End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 2 pm.