WARNING: This post is useless and dumb
I have a bit of a bad habit of sometimes seeing a sequel movie before actually seeing the first. (Specifically, watching the third movie in a series…)
And while sometimes this works out well and I get hooked upon the entire series, other times it turns me off the series totally. Why? It probably comes down to how much of the prior movies I need to have seen and remember to appreciate the sequel movies.
I had never watched a John Wick film before seeing John Wick 3. Yes, I know that’s shameful. But it’s because I’m not a big action fan. Don’t get me wrong. I do love some good action scenes. I just prefer other genres to action when given the choice.
So, when going in to watch this movie I was briefed quickly about John Wick 1 and 2 to make sure that I could understand most things going on in number 3 because apparently I can’t be trusted to read plot synopses. And I loved it. I didn’t understand everything fully, but I felt like I really didn’t need to enjoy it. If anything, it just made me want to go watch the first two films so I could better understand, and I’ll definitely be watching the rest of the John Wick films as more come out.
Glass, however, had the opposite effect on me. I didn’t even know that it was a trilogy and thought it was a stand-alone movie. I wasn’t briefed on it and ended up not liking it much. I understood mostly what was going on, but I feel like I really needed to have watched the other movies to appreciate it. The film itself wasn’t that great anyway (although the acting was amazing!).
Some series though I just end up kind of impartial to. I watched Spider-Man: Far from Home with my cousin. I liked it, but it doesn’t make me want to watch the first one. I know the characters and the entire plot from social media and End Game (and have seen so many screenshots at this point I feel like I have actually sat down and watched the entire movie) so I feel like I haven’t missed out on anything.
I feel like what I’ve learnt from this ramble is that I should probably just watch the first movie in a series before leaping into agreeing to watch sequels when they come out. But then that’ll also take away from the fun of the confusion when trying to figure out an entire plot without any contextual or background knowledge!