instances of a film sequel being as good as, or even better than, the original are quite a rare thing. the only clear cut examples are of The Godfather Part II and The Dark Knight, really - and both pulled that off somehow despite the first film being considered a masterpiece in the former and simply excellent in the latter. others would include The Empire Strikes Back, The Silence Of The Lambs (how people forget this was a sequel) and indeed the recent Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, that last one being the equal of the Charlton Heston original. oh, and Star Trek II of course, before i get accused of force bias. and Evil Dead II now that i think of it.
the sequel being better should be something of a formality in respect of The Expendables, to be honest. the original was met with much joy and delight, only for it in return to be nowhere near as good as it might have been.
whereas the first one promised, but didn't quite deliver, the all time king of casts, the second one presents the idea of a super deluxe, universe owning king of casts.
it looks pretty cool, doesn't it? it did too on the first one and, even if you allow for the fact that in the original Mr Schwarzenegger and Mr Willis were only intended as bit part cameo performances, the whole film very quickly turned into the Jason Statham show. not that i have any problem with Statham films, but it's not what we were promised. you have to hope they put this one out that gives a bit more time to the other action stars on show, in particular of course to The Chuck.
the production of the film seems to have bigger problems at the moment, however, with the sad news that one stuntman was killed and other have been injured during filming. here's hoping the rest of the shoot goes a good deal smoother.
and yes, of course i am excited about this coming out, can't wait!
be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!