I saw the movie "Vacation" (2015) on DirecTv last night.
I consider the new movie to be a sequel to the original film (National Lampoon's Vacation, 1983), since the plot revolves around the character Rusty who is the son of the character named Clark (played by Chevy Chase in the original; he has a minor role in this new movie). Rusty is now grown up with a family of his own.
However I have been seeing many references to the new movie being called either a reboot or remake. That just seems wrong. At least I know it's not a prequel.
I consider sequels to be several movies in chronological order; examples are "Rocky" through "Rocky ∞"; and "Star Wars IV" followed by the prequels "Star Wars I" through "Star Wars III".
As far as I know, remakes generally apply to a single movie, and reboots to a series. In both cases, they start over from scratch.
Examples of remakes include "Psycho", "Cape Fear", and "Total Recall". A reboot indicates a complete overhaul of the original material; examples are "Planet of the Apes", "Superman" and "Batman".
The second through fourth films in the "Terminator" series were all sequels. I had considered the most recent one, "Terminator Genisys" to be a reboot (because of the alternate timeline) but a couple of commenters have challenged that.
Although the overall storyline is similar to the original (the Griswolds go on vacation to Walley World), the new film is not a remake (IMO) since it skips to the next generation of the family (so this film and the previous one can comfortably co-exist), and has almost all new scenes -- the one exception being the girl in the Ferrari. It is also not a reboot, again since it takes place after the original film and is consistent with the esarlier one.
Here is how the critics weighed in on this; I disagree with all but the last two:
- US Weekly, Screenrant and SlashFilm all call it a reboot.
- Inquisitr says it's reboot and a sequel.
- Chicago Tribune and Mediaite say remake.
- The Washington Post and MLive both call it a sequel and remake.
- ScreenCrush and CinemaBlend seem to agree with me that it is simply a sequel.
Which is it?