With “Solo: A Star Wars Story” now out in theaters, it’s time to look at all those prequels that came out over the years. I selected five prequels that are worth it to watch, but you might not know about them or they are seriously underrated or overlooked.
“Monsters Inc.” was a story about Mike and Sully, professional monsters who helped produce power for their city by scaring children in our world. It’s still my favorite Pixar movie. And we were surprised with a prequel instead of an expected sequel. In “Monster University” we follow the early days of Mike and Sully’s friendship while they were still in college. HI-LA-RI-OUS!
“Casino Royale” was Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel. By 2006 it had already been adapted twice. Director Martin Campbell and then new Bond Daniel Craig gave us an unexpectedly poignant origin story of the most famous secret agent in the world. And for me the best Bond movie.
This is a prequel to the highly popular TV series “Twin Peaks”. Where a young FBI field agent’s disappearance might be connected to the future murder of Laura Palmer, a teenager with a bizarre social life.
Four decades and one failed remake later, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” hits theaters and brings us one of the best and most solid trilogies ever. And it also brought us Andy Serkis’ motion-captured performance of Caesar, who is now one of the most beloved film characters.
When the last episode of “Star Trek: Enterprise” aired in 2005, it seemed like the end of the sci-fi series. When J.J. Abrams name was attached to a new “Star Trek” movie, it caused a lot of excitement. Abrams kept an expanded origin story of the original characters but also introduced a whole new timeline to the universe.