The Adventures Continue, by Tyler Smith

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  1. Great post, Tyler. You’ve made me wonder something, with the whole ‘character vs. situation’ opposition:

    Is there a series of films where in the first movie the situation *seemed* to be the star, only to later have a second movie arrive in which the hero showed he could carry a film with aspects of his character that weren’t necessarily revealed in the first movie? Like a series where, after a first film where all intrigue seemed rooted and locked into the situation, the series was able to have us root for and follow his character in the second movie into a completely *different* situation and premise.

    I’m sure I haven’t seen as many films as other people reading this, but I’ll think on some examples. Any thoughts?

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      The first that jumps to mind is “Pirates of the Caribbean.” I really enjoyed the first film, as many did. It was fun and committed to its premise. But the real standout for me, as well as many others, was Jack Sparrow. That character, played that way, was a surprise. We wouldn’t have expected such an unusual character. Johnny Depp’s performance of Sparrow is what I credit with the film’s success. The idea of a sequel was inevitable.

      Unfortunately, the studio displayed a surprising lack of awareness. While Sparrow was certainly front and center, the studio seemed to be under the impression that Sparrow was only one element of a successful film, rather than the key element. As such, when it came time to make “Dead Man’s Chest,” they brought back absolutely every character and almost every memorable line, thinking that those were what made it good. But, really, did anybody go to the “Pirates” sequel because of Orlando Bloom?

      The studio should have recognized that we really just wanted to see Jack Sparrow getting in different adventures. The other characters could be shed (as they eventually were in the latest film) and Sparrow would have been allowed to blossom as a character.

      Sadly, the studio made the same mistake that I talk about in this blog. They try as hard as they can to recreate the movie as completely as possible, rather than try to further develop a fascinating character.

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