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Movie Sequels


When a movie is successful, there is often a sequel.  A sequel to a box office champion is seen as an opportunity to print money.  Movie sequels are often money-makers.  A rarity in Hollywood is a sequel that is superior to the original.

Of the hundreds of sequels I've personally watched, there are only three I enjoyed more than the original.

  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day - The Terminator was a great movie, but when I saw this sequel in the theatres it completely altered my expectations for all action movies to follow.  The special effects were brilliant and the story compelling.  James Cameron deserved every dollar of box office this flick brought in.  I thought it was superior to the original.
  • Toy Story 2 - Toy Story was a wonderful tale and groudbreaking as the first fully computer-generated full-length feature film.  Toy Story 2 just happens to be better.  There's more action, more fun and more humour.
  • The Godfather: Part II - I absolutely love both The Godfather and this sequel and have seen both numerous times.  If I had to choose my favourite of the two, it's this one.  We get to go back to Sicily to see a young Vito Corleone, witness the hardening of Michael Corleone and the confrontation between Michael and Fredo Corleone.  The Godfather: Part II is one of the finest movies ever produced.  "It was you Fredo. I know it was you. You broke my heart. You broke my heart."

If there's a sequel you thought was better than the original, write a Guest Blog telling me about it and I'll post it on this page.  Generally speaking, sequels suck, but I found three that didn't.

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