Original Films Vs their Sequels
When it comes to great movies, are you a person who prefers films to be left as standalone Original classics or do you find yourself pinning for a sequel as soon as the credits role? Some say lightning doesn’t strike twice. When you have a brilliant original idea, a follow up film will always struggle to recapture the same magic of the first film. But there are occasions when the sequel can blow the originals out of the water, at least in some people’s opinion!
ROCKY is one of the greatest underdog stories of all time and Stallone even won an Oscar for it. The sequel brought back the lovable character and gave him a much happier ending than the first
Batman Begins was a great relaunch of the franchise and introduction into the ‘Nolan’ verse. It told the Origin story in an interesting way and really connected with comic book fans and non-fans alike, but the sequel took it to another level. Some say that was just down to Heath Ledgers performance.
See which film the team thought was better between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight here
Back to the Future offered us a lovable duo in Marty and Doc Brown, a time travel story we could all understand and the coolest time machine ever in the DeLorean. Part two raised the stakes massively and showed us all the amazing things we could have in our future, but which film was better?
The Terminator was iconic for so many reasons and while not the first to use the man vs machine storyline, it was arguably the first that made it simple enough for everyone to understand the threat. Terminator 2 saw the villain from the first become a hero and raised the stakes in every way possible, action, story, character. But ultimately it was still the same as the first with an unstoppable terminator going after the Connor family
I saw ‘The Matrix’ four times in the opening week (with different people). Such was my love for that film, its lore, its innovation with bullet time, everything about it. The sequel had huge shoes to fill and as you would expect, the stakes were raised in every aspect. As a cinematic spectacle it was off the chain, but was it better than the first?
Star Wars a New Hope told a story of young Luke Sky Walker and we went with him as he learnt about the force and his destiny. The Empire strikes back hit hard with more action, bigger space battles and that Big reveal about his father. Which film was better?
Frozen and Frozen 2 are two of the highest grossing animated films of all time. Which is better? They both seemed similar to me! So, I asked a 4yr old and it might come down to whether you prefer to sing ‘Let it Go’ or travel ‘Into the Unknown’
Superman was the first big screen superhero film that captured the imagination of the movie going public. Christopher Reeve was equally as strong and charming as Clark and as Superman when taking on arch nemesis Lex Luthor. The sequel saw him give up his powers for love and face off against the Villain Zod from his home planet of Krypton. Unforgettable line of ‘Kneel before Zod’ always echoes in my mind but which film was better
Captain America The first Avenger introduced the world to Steve Rogers as a character who never stays down and ‘can do this all day’. It was a great origin story and really endeared people to the character. The sequel ‘The Winter Soldier’ was an incredible grounded superhero spy thriller ,which wasn’t unnecessarily dark and ‘gritty’. Which film was better?