Midweek Movie Mouth-Off: which sequels were better than the original?

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Sequels are tricky things. Quite often, they don’t live up to the “wow” of the first film, and when the first film isn’t very “wow” to begin with, then you wonder why they made a sequel in the first place. Case and point, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is going into production pretty soon, and one can only hope that it’s better than the first one, which ended up being very average despite generating decent income at the box office. Even the films that managed to blow you away the first time might stumble at the sequel hurdle (*cough* Matrix *cough*), or be too different from the first one that comparison is difficult, as is the case with Age of Ultron.

But, sequels that surpassed the original have been done before, so we live in hope for TMNT 2. My personal example of this would have to be the difference between Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: Winter Soldier. The first movie wasn’t bad per se, I thought it was pretty good, but compared to Iron Man it felt a bit lacking, and was pretty obvious in the way that it was just an origin story. On the other hand, The Winter Soldier is hands down one of the best movies I have ever seen, and not just in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

So, time to ‘fess up. Which sequel have you liked more than its predecessor?

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Last Updated: April 29, 2015

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