Top 5… Prequels!

Prometheus is nearly here and it marks a welcome return to the sci-fi genre for Ridley Scott. It is also a prequel to the Alien movie which is a good prompt for me to cover my top 5 movie prequels.

5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Raiders of the Lost Ark was a seminar movie in the history of cinema. Spielberg decided to follow it up three years later with a story set a year before with Indiana surviving a plane crash in India and going on a quest to recover the lost Shankara stone from a local village. Lacks the class of the first Indiana film but still a really fun adventure.

4. X-Men: First Class

Brett Ratner finished the X-Men trilogy so badly that it almost prevented another one ever being made. However, in true Hollywood style, when something isn’t working any more you can either reboot it or make a prequel. Thankfully they chose Matthew Vaughn to direct and Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy to star. Not perfect but the chemistry between Mageneto and Xavier is rivetting!

3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Tim Burton had tried to reboot the Planet of the Apes series back in 2001 and failed miserably. So, 10 years later little known Rupert Wyatt tried again only this time with a prequel and succeeded amazingly. Opening in cinemas with little fanfare, soon word began to spread at how good it actually was and more and more people went to see (including myself). True credit goes to Andy Serkis though who plays Caesar, the chimp at the centre of story, for bringing life an character to an animal. So much so that when the inevitable rebellion begins I was torn as to which species to root for!

2. The Godfather: Part II

The sequel to The Godfather is actually two films in one. The first follows Michael Corleone as he takes control of his father’s empire and the second, more fascinating story follows a young Vito Corleone as he arrives in America and becomes a mafia boss. Robert De Niro plays the young Corleone and he is phenomenal. I almost don’t want to see what is happening with Al Pacino because he is so good!

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The “Man with no name” trilogy from Sergio Leone is one of the most loose trilogies ever created. A few actors appear in more than one film in different roles (except Eastwood). Not a lot of people know that the final film in the trilogy is actually set before the others. The story follows three men on a hunt to discover some buried treasure. Sometimes they work together other times against each other but ultimately they wind up at the prize where they must face off to see who leaves with the money. Westerns didn’t get much better than this.

Honourable Mentions

  • Casino Royale – More a reboot than a prequel but kind of qualifies. Daniel Craig shows us how Bond began.
  • Star Trek – I’m not a great fan of the recent reboot/prequel but it did succeed in show the origin story of the infamous crew of the USS Enterprise.
  • Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace – Most people hate it but there is a certain charm to the first Star Wars prequel. The final battle sequence in three places is worth your attention at least.
  • Star Wars Episode 3: The Revenge of the Sith – An conversely, most people rate this one higher than I do but it does have some memorable moments. Let’s not mention the awful second film though.
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