Movie sequels have become a norm nowadays. If the movie does well, a sequel is made, so it remains relevant. That should ideally work, but too many sequels sometimes kill the movie franchise. Take The Final Destination, for example. We can hardly keep track of the number of sequels and every sequel is just a repetition of its former, only with new characters. Thus, most of the times, sequels do not work for movies.
However, some filmmakers have discovered the secret to creating a sequel better than the original movie. These films have gone down well with the audience, who have appreciated them over their prequels. Take a look at some of these sequels here:
The Dark Knight
Partially due to Heath Ledger, and partially due to the plot, The Dark Knight was a terrific sequel to Batman Begins. Even The Dark Knight Rises could not match up to this movie, as fans didn’t take to Bane the way everyone loved The Joker.
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Ice Age is one of the few animated movie franchises that has managed to wow its audience more with every sequel. While the first movie was adorable, Ice Age: The Meltdown was a whole new joy ride. And then came Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which was even better than the second.
Toy Story 2
One of the best Disney franchises, Toy Story just got better with every movie. New characters were introduced, the toys formed a closer bond, and the movies touched our hearts in a new way every time. While we’d love a fourth movie, it seems like Toy Story has ended perfectly with the third installment.
The Godfather 2
The sequel to the popular Godfather movie was probably one of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro's best works till date. More like a prequel to the first movie, it featured the rise of De Niro’s character, Vito Corleone. The film even bagged the Best Picture award at the Academy Awards that year.
Evil Dead 2
Would you prefer a crazy psychotic film or a funny version of a crazy psychotic film? Evil Dead 2 was more of a parody of the first movie, and thus it worked better. Undoubtedly, this cult classic is Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell's best work together.
Lord of the Rings
While the first LOTR movie just laid the premise of the story, it was the second and third part of the trilogy that had all the action. The battle at Helm’s Deep in The Two Towers made it better than the first, while the final battle sequence in Return of the King topped them all.
Magic Mike XXL
We all agree that the first Magic Mike movie had no real storyline in place. It was just meant to be eye candy and thus wasn't appreciated much by its audience. Magic Mike XXL rectified this with a decent plot, in addition to all the nudity.
Can you think of any more sequels that were better than the original movie? Tell us in comments below.