A Little Before?

By Bella Pallett

Not much is better than getting to relive the excitement of your favourite series or watching a brand-new film. But what if you could do both?

A prequel is a film that contains events that precede those of existing works such as a series. With prequels, you can explore the story in a brand-new way as you unveil unseen and exciting plot features. The part of the story that was never told before now leads you into the original piece with extra info if you like.

From James Bond to Star Wars, prequels are known to be a success. By creating the best way to give a franchise extra content through new plotlines and character development, they add a whole new layer of excitement.

New Line Cinema’s “The Many Saints of Newark” is the brand-new feature film prequel to the HBO drama series “The Sopranos”. Set in the explosive era of the Newark riots, the film is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Shot on location in New Jersey and New York, “The Many Saints of Newark” features several beloved characters from the original series that inspired the film. During its six-season run, “The Sopranos” became widely regarded as one of the greatest and influential drama series winning 21 Primetime Emmy Awards showing its success on the screen.

What could be better than watching a film that sets up the plot for an award-winning drama series? Watch as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo family’s hold over the city and follow the teenage years of Tony Soprano as he gets caught in the midst of a violent gang war alongside his uncle.

As his uncle, Dickie Moltisanti, struggles to manage his responsibilities, he influences the impressionable teenager and shapes him into the all-powerful mob leader known so well in the drama series “The Sopranos”. By creating a backstory, the character of Tony Soprano becomes more deeply understood as his deepest secrets, kept throughout the six seasons of the series, are unveiled on your screen.

Being released nationwide September 22nd, make sure you get lost in the world of gangsters and the all-powerful mob boss Tony Soprano as you uncover his backstory that builds up his life as the feature film keeps you on the edge of your seat.

There are hundreds of various prequels known as successful, but the one most spoken about is Rogue One. Star Wars fans across the world have placed its success being down to its standalone story, as well as its cohesion within the film saga.

Spotlighting the events taking place before the film, A New Hope, the final hour of the film shows a heated space battle that is action-packed and thrilling.

Building up to rejoining a plot already known to the audience, prequels have to be able to successfully hold suspense. This is an attribute successfully achieved by the prequel to the 007 film series, Casino Royale, which depicts how James Bond got his role as super-spy.

Featuring theatrical villains and extravagant gadgets, Casino Royale reinvented the Bond character for the audience and won over the heart of Bond fans worldwide making it a must-see prequel.

Finally, it is impossible not to mention the film series that precedes The Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit. Filled with references to the much-loved franchise, the trilogy ticks all the boxes.

Starting out with wholesome and fun scenes, the drama slowly builds up to Smaug, the fiery dragon, protecting his gold. The high fantasy adventure films are guaranteed to make you smile as well as provide you with hours of entertainment.

It is undeniable that prequels tap into a source of excitement and provide the opportunity for new and untold secrets to be discovered, so whether you watch the new and upcoming ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ or the classic ‘Casino Royale’, you are guaranteed to be impressed.

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Watch the trailer for ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ here.