Friday, December 23, 2011

Six Sequels Better than the Original

I spent two columns railing against sequels that weren’t just bad, I try to pretend like they never happened. I'm sure that any of you who watched these movies would love to remove them from your memories, if not the canon entirely.

What really irritates me about bad sequels is that it’s entirely possible to craft a great sequel. A good sequel isn’t just more of the same and hoping it works like the first time. It’s being able to continue the story in a direction that’s credible, deeper, and worth investigating. The best universes take the world established in the original and give us something more, something new, and at their best, they give us a better movie than the original.

You'd think this would be easy to figure out, but you'd be wrong. That's why it's amazing when a sequel is actually better than the original, especially one that was pretty good in the first place. Just as I like to rail against the bad, I think it's also important to celebrate the good.

Today I’m going to talk about six of those sequels that aren't just good, but better than the original movie.

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