We live in a day and age where it feels like there is seldom an original idea to come out of Hollywood anymore. Many franchises that were once revered have stooped to pumping out subpar sequels and prequels in hopes of acquiring more of that sweet box office revenue. While there are probably too many to count, here are five franchises that need to hit the showers.
Fast & Furious
Family. Need I say more? Seriously though, how outlandish are these movies going to get? This series used to be about cars. Nowadays it feels like a twisted competition for many insane stunts the cast can pull off without ending up in body bags. Vin Diesel has stated that the series plans to end after its upcoming 11th installment, but that’s two whole films full of outlandish car crashes away. Plus, after the Hobbes & Shaw spinoff, it’s clear that the Fast franchise isn’t afraid to keep milking this cash cow any way they can.
Harry Potter/Wizarding World
Everyone loves Harry Potter, right? It’s a compelling story about a young boy and his friends facing insurmountable odds to defeat evil forces while experiencing true character growth along the way. The films drew countless fans to the franchise and wrapped its story up in an epic and satisfying manner. Should Warner Bros. have stopped there? Yes. Did they? No. Along came the Fantastic Beasts series, which acts as somewhat of a prequel story to what was going on in the wizarding world before the boy wonder came onto the scene. I have to admit, I enjoyed the first installment, but the second was a narrative disaster. The Crimes of Grindlewald swaps out proper narrative beats for visual CGI spectacles and a lackluster conclusion. From what I’ve seen, it’ll take an elder wand to knock this once great franchise back on track.
Jurassic Park/Jurassic World
You can only watch people getting chased by dinosaurs so many times until it starts to get old. Honestly, there hasn’t been a single installment of this franchise that came close to rivaling the original. Jurassic World was pretty fun when it first came out, but the following sequel missed the mark by a mile. The storyline of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom feels clunky and tries to add crucial plot points in the film’s third act, making for a big crock of brontosaurus shit. With the franchise’s next installment set to premiere next year, audiences can only hope for an asteroid to wipe out this cinematic trainwreck for good.
Harrison Ford helped bring to life one of the most beloved film franchises of all time in the 1980s. Then in 2008, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull premiered and delivered a goofy storyline involving Shia Labeouf and space aliens that melted brains quicker than the Ark of the Covenant. The Indiana Jones series may not be as overworked and revamped as some of the others on this list, but with a fifth installment set to release next year, fans are rolling their eyes for what we can only hope is Indie’s true last crusade.
Here it is folks, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. What was once a goofy, cult classic has now panned out into an eleven film franchise, with numerous television series to boot. I’m as big of a Star Wars fan as the next person, but the last three films in the main storyline have been truly disappointing as a whole. Filled with unnecessary plot points, shoehorned characters, and CGI droids and critters that only serve to sell merchandise, it truly feels like Disney and Lucasfilm could have planned things out a whole lot better in the writers’ room. Nevertheless, the franchise shows no signs of slowing down, with series like The Mandalorian bringing in tons of revenue through Disney Plus subscriptions. If that’s the case, maybe Star Wars ought to lean into television for a while and save us all an overpriced movie ticket for a story with plotholes so big, you could fit a Death Star through them.