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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 10:03pm on 12/12/2007 under , ,
I've learned that two fun movies that should never have been tortured into sequels have already been sequelized; one back in October, the other very soon.

The one about to be ravaged is National Treasure, in which Nicolas Cage managed to make the line "We're going to steal the Declaration of Independence," sound like the beginning of a spirited adventure, not naked gobbledygook. Yes, it's time for National Treasure 2--Book of Secrets, which clearly hopes to do for the Civil War what the original movie did for the American Revolution. I have a bad feeling about this.

The one whose sequel came out back in October is Elizabeth and the sequel is, of course, Elizabeth--The Golden Age. The original movie (which I belatedly rented) was not bad, though since I'm fairly familiar with Elizabeth's actual reign it didn't strike me as particularly historical. Instead, it was a kind of impressionistic evocation of what it must have been like for the young Elizabeth Tudor to learn the kind of emotional repression and statecraft that were necessary for a woman to survive as a 16th century monarch. I'm told that Golden Age applies the same treatment--the exact same treatment, with a still young and beautiful Cate Blanchett--to Elizabeth's late middle age. If the stills are anything to judge by, the results are horrendous.

Oh when will Hollywood learn that sometimes a good movie is just a movie, and not a franchise?
Music:: you wouldn't believe what's coming out of Eric's speakers....
Mood:: 'cynical' cynical

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