With the Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins, topping box office charts for two weeks running, eclipsing some records and set to eclipse others in the coming days and weeks, I thought I’d follow up on an idea which cropped up as I crafted my previous post and ask you to weigh in with your choice for the best motion picture sequel.
While most cliches are duds, not living up to the promise of the original (see e.g., the sequels to The Matrix), a good number have been as good as, if not better than the original. While I enjoyed Toy Story, I find myself watching to watch Toy Story 2 again and again (and yet again).
As as adult, I’ve come to prefer The Empire Strikes Back to the original Star Wars.Â I thought Spider-Man 2 far superior to Spider-Man (though I did love that original). And as I observed last night, Aliens engaged me more than Alien, the movie which inspired it.
Finally, there’s been that perennial debate between movie buffs over which Godfather movie is superior, Part I or II. I find the movies so different that I refuse to choose. They’re both amazing movies and both won Oscars for Best Picture.
Now, it’s your turn, what is the best movie sequel? And which sequels, in your mind, improve upon the original?