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Smart Starts: 10 Unexpectedly Satisfying Movie Prequels

'Oz the Great and Powerful' sends TIME in search of back-story movies that actually deepen our understanding of familiar tales

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RobertSterner
RobertSterner

The author of this article needs to look up two words in the dictionary before he tries a second draft of this article: prequel and satisfying.

AbdelmoutalibBouchiba
AbdelmoutalibBouchiba

I thought that Batman Begins was a reboot....
And R2 is from Naboo not from Tatooine

katb
katb

Umm, Mystique shifted her allegiance from Xavier to Magneto at the end of X-Men: First Class, so I'm pretty sure that question is answered.

ZachAlston
ZachAlston

Prometheus sucked real bad.  Horrible flick.  I did like Star Wars 3 even though I know it's the in thing to hate all three of the prequels. 

bevo1981
bevo1981

"unexpectedly"?  most of these had high regards before being released and were expected to be good, and were then well received commercially and critically.  what is so unexpected?

LouisEstebanMontalvo
LouisEstebanMontalvo like.author.displayName 1 Like

Prometheus? Really?

kubii14
kubii14 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@LouisEstebanMontalvo thank you i saw that and i was like... really the movie with a live abortion of an alien from a woman was a great prequel. I think human centipede had a better plot and was less gross 

TimScollard
TimScollard

SO WRONG.  This flick does not help the franchise and is a scattered confusion.  Yes, the action is...active.  The flow sheeeet.  Wrong.

GeorgieDundas
GeorgieDundas like.author.displayName 1 Like

Sorry, I had to make one more point, Tim Burton's Batman movies were only celebrated my his fans. Certainly not by Batman fans. I understand why Burton was chosen, it's a dark complected world that the Caped crusader makes his home in and nobody does dark quite like Burton does. However, had the producers asked him a few simple questions they would have seen that he was the exact wrong guy for the job as he not only has never read (his own words here) any comic book let alone a Batman comic, but he openly disdains those of us that do as childish and immature. Basically he hates the largest part of the Batman fan base.

bevo1981
bevo1981

@GeorgieDundas what are you talking about?!  Tim Burton's Batman isn't even in this list!!  and your opinion isn't shared by hardly anyone, anyway.  only celebrated by his fans?  so all the people that like them really aren't batman fans?  you're retarded

GeorgieDundas
GeorgieDundas

Lmao, I see I am not the first to point out that this article is full of inaccuracies, the most glaring of which is that the last Star Trek movie was NOT a prequel. In fact it was a complete reboot of the entire franchise. Also it does not deal at all with the "original" Enterprise crew but simply the crew that was featured in the first iteration of the story line. If you want to see the original Enterprise crew and a true Star Trek prequel all you need to do is boot up netflix or hulu plus and want the series "Enterprise" with Scott Bakula in the captain's chair. There are a number of other innaccuuracies and miscategorizations in this article, but in the interest of not rambling on and on I will leave it with just pointing out this blaringly obvious one. Next time you want a story about movies why don't you ask someone who actually pays attention to them to write it.

DanielGarza
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@GeorgieDundas The last Star Trek film was both a prequel and sequel.  Nero and Spock Prime both created this new timeline by going back in time.  In theory, if they had not, this would purely be a prequel and we would have seen things progress towards the same old star trek lore

AjShawler
AjShawler like.author.displayName 1 Like

um .. TIME, there's a difference between reboot & prequel. 

impulsive
impulsive

What point are you trying to get across?

aaronmicku
aaronmicku

The Star Trek Movie really isn't a prequel. It completely deviates from the original story. It is a reboot.