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To Sequel or Not To Sequel

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They say that too much of a good thing is not good at all, and when it comes to some sequels, this saying most certainly rings true. Many might say that Hollywood’s obsession with sequels boils down to one thing – greed, while others may say that the powers that be are simply delivering what the fans want. Either way, there’s no denying that deciding to remake a movie, particularly years after the release of the original film, is a major risk. While some should simply not have happened, others provided fans with some much-needed closure. Let’s take a look at some sweet successes and disappointing failures in terms of sequels and remakes.


It’s hard to listen to “It’s a Hard Knock Life” without a certain red-headed, freckle-faced little girl coming to mind. And, while this timeless classic is at the top of many list of favourites, its 2014 remake did not have the same effect. Labelled as one of the worst re-creations of all time, the release of this production failed to hit viewers’ sweet spots, a shame because in theory, it held a lot of promise.

Nightmare on Elm Street

If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, you may recall frightening thoughts about Freddy Krueger haunting your dreams at night. A Nightmare on Elm Street is the 2010 sequel to the original 1984 film. It continues the story about the serial killer who attacks little children in their dreams while they are sound asleep. The remake of the film somehow failed to evoke the same reaction. This may simply be because we are no longer kids, or, perhaps the contemporary version of the film could not summon the same response as the classic that inspired the modern release. Either way, there is no doubt that it left many fans of the 1984 film sorely disappointed. Critics were not too thrilled about the release either.

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Mary Poppins Returns

A sequel to the 1964 musical, Mary Poppins Returns comes nearly 55 years after the debut of the original film. A critically acclaimed title that stole the hearts of many, Mary Poppins perfectly embodies exactly what a classic is. The sequel takes place twenty years after Mary left the Banks family. Michael, now in debt and a father of three, risks losing everything, until Mary comes along to share her magic with the family once more. Many might say that this sequel is merely money-driven, while others could not be more thrilled about its release. We have to admit, broadcasting a sequel 55 years after the original is a very long time, and many Millennials might not even know who Mary Poppins is.

The Jungle Book

This film will have you humming along to the lyrics of “The Bare Necessities” with a mere mention of its name. The live-action remake of the classic was released in 2016, and had fans and critics all over the world singing its praises. Bagging more than $966 million, and offering HD graphics and visuals, a catchy soundtrack and a gripping storyline, The Jungle Book is probably one of a few remakes that managed to “get it right”.

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Is There Any Hope for Sequels or Remakes?

If done correctly, and with the right team of people, sequels and remakes could have a higher hit rate. However, the memories of certain classics are better left untainted, because no matter how hard you try, or how much money you plunge into the project, it will simply not come close to the original. That in itself is perfectly okay, too.

A Playlist Fit For The Flash

The Flash playlist
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Unlike traditional superhero tales, the role of The Flash was not only portrayed by one character. In fact, according to DC comic books, the speed force had an effect on four individuals, namely Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West and Bart Allen. These characters might be known to many, particularly if you’ve been following the CW Network series, The Flash. This supernatural force left these characters with lightning fast speed that, particularly in Barry Allen’s case, was used to put an end to evil crimes taking place within the city. But, what would someone that moves from one place to another at an unnatural pace listen to?

Jamming While Fighting Crime

Someone who gets around so speedily could definitely use some jams to keep things interesting and, more importantly, fun. If you were to stumble across an iPod that holds a collection of The Flash’s all-time favourite hits, what would it consist of? Would it be classics, or is he more of a Hip-Hop and R&B kind of guy? Let’s take a closer look below.

Footloose – Kenny Loggins

This timeless track takes its rightful place at the top of the playlist, and frankly, it should come as no surprise. With an upbeat tune and catchy lyrics, this classic would put a spring in any normal person’s step, so just imagine what effect it would have on a speedster like The Flash.

Always On Time – Ja Rule ft Ashanti

With lightning fast speed on his side, we doubt that The Flash would be late for any engagement. Ja Rule and Ashanti made the perfect musical pair, and this R&B classic has the power to get anyone out onto the dance floor. When running around fighting crime all day, a sprinkle of Ja Rule and Ashanti’s hit would definitely have the power to keep this superhero running around town for a little longer.

Push It – Salt-N-Pepa

Even a supernatural speedster gets tired from time to time. What better way to keep moving than by grooving to the beat of the classic hit by Salt-N-Pepa, Push It. Released in 1986, this title has probably found itself on many infamous playlists, so it comes as no surprise that even a superhero like The Flash is drawn to it.

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This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan

It’s Friday night and The Flash is getting ready to make some bad guys pay for their crimes. What better way to get the job done, than by showing others exactly how the superhero thing is done. While evil never rests, even a flashy speedster needs to ring the weekend in with a bang, and this anthem is definitely the perfect way to do that.

Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Deniece Williams

After a long week of fighting crime, even a superhero deserves a pat on the back. While superheroes very often do not receive the credit they deserve, a bit of self-praise could go a long way. And what better way to clap for yourself, than with the all-time favourite hit by Deniece Williams. In this case, this lightning fast hero is definitely “The Man”.

Musical Hits – The Only Way to Fight Crime

Perhaps music can be considered another superpower, we see the magical effects of it every day. And if supernatural beings like The Flash have also found good use to it, perhaps the answer to world peace is not as complicated as many people portray it to be. Until we find a solution though, we still have groovy superheroes like The Flash to thank for their crime-stopping efforts, and evidently, their fantastic taste in music too!