Sequels are a tricky business. Sometimes they are simply made to cash in on the success of the original, with no real attempt to expand on the story or characters. However, there are some movie sequels that not only meet but exceed the expectations set by their predecessors. In this article, we will explore the best movie sequels of all time.
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The God Father Part II
The Godfather Part II (1974) is the gold standard of movie sequels. The film is both a sequel and a prequel to the original Godfather. It explores the early life of Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando in the original, played by Robert De Niro in the sequel) as well as the continuing story of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). The Godfather Part II won six Academy Awards including, Best Picture. It is one of the greatest films of all time.
The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is another sequel that many consider being even better than the original. The film takes place three years after the events of Star Wars (later retitled A New Hope). It follows Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia as they battle the evil Empire. The film is darker in tone than the original. It features a stunning plot twist that has become one of the most iconic moments in movie history. The Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie, and has become a classic in its own right.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) is another sequel that is often cited as being better than the original. The film takes place 10 years after the events of the first Terminator. It features Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her son John (Edward Furlong) as they are pursued by a more advanced Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger). The film is notable for its groundbreaking special effects. Including, the first use of computer-generated imagery (CGI) to create a realistic human character. Terminator 2 won four Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects. It is widely regarded as one of the best action movies of all time.
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight (2008) is a sequel to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. It features an iconic performance by the late Heath Ledger as the Joker. The film explores the psychological battle between Batman (Christian Bale) and the Joker. The latter attempts to prove that anyone can be driven to madness. The Dark Knight has two Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Ledger, and is often cited as one of the best superhero movies of all time.
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2 (1999) is a sequel to the groundbreaking Pixar film Toy Story. The film follows Woody (Tom Hanks) as he is stolen by a toy collector, and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the other toys as they attempt to rescue him. Toy Story 2 is notable for its heartwarming story, memorable characters, and stunning animation. The film was a critical and commercial success and is often cited as one of the best-animated movies of all time.
In conclusion, movie sequels can be hit or miss, but the ones above all exceed expectations and are classics in their own right. The Godfather Part II, The Empire Strikes Back, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Dark Knight, and Toy Story 2 are all examples of sequels that not only live up to their predecessors but surpass them. These films are all classics that continue to be watched and enjoyed by audiences of all ages.