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Is there a movie sequel that you expected would be bad, and you were surprised when it turned out to be decent?

Asked by poofandmook (17277points) June 7th, 2010

The Exorcist is my all-time favorite movie. I’ve had The Exorcist 2: The Heretic in my Netflix instant queue for some time now, but I really avoided it because I had a hard time believing anything could come close to the first one. But I’m an hour and a half in, and I’m surprised to be enjoying it.

Except the locusts. I have freaking entomophobia… I am flipping the F out.

What sequels were you pleasantly surprised with?

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YARNLADY's avatar

Star Trek 2009. To me, it was a good movie, but I didn’t feel any connection with any of the previous Star Treks. It was as if someone had re-created the names, but they had little or no connection with the ones I knew.

poofandmook's avatar

you mean with the backstory of Kirk and Spock et all?

gailcalled's avatar

Godfather II was brilliant with De Niro playing the young Vito Corleone ( earlier played by the older Brando in Godfather I.)

filmfann's avatar

First off, I love the movie Rocky. The sequels were so bad, people forget how good the original was.
Rocky II was terrible. It stunk up the theaters. I openly mocked it, laughing out loud at the cheesy dialog. Yet, when Rocky III came out, I had to go see it.
I was surprised at how well thought out it was, and how well it worked. Yes, it has cheesy moments, but I was very pleased with it.

anartist's avatar

All the sequels to The Godfather and to some extent the Star Wars sequels

Blondesjon's avatar

Citizen Kane the version with vin diesel

perspicacious's avatar

The Godfather 2.

Seek's avatar

28 Weeks Later is so much better than 28 Days Later. Srsly.

The Empire Strikes Back is hands down the best movie of the Star Wars franchise.

Every Star Trek movie after “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” was superior. ST:TMP still puts me to sleep every time.

Austin Powers 2: The Spy who Shagged Me. Yeah, baby, yeah!

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.

Batman Begins was good, but The Dark Knight is killer.

SeventhSense's avatar

That’s a joke right?

gailcalled's avatar

@SeventhSense: Jon never jokes and has, as far as I can tell, absolutely no sense of humor.

SeventhSense's avatar

Yes that’s true…

cfrydj's avatar

@gailcalled and @perspicacious I definitely agree that The Godfather: Part 2 is a fantastic movie, but can you explain why you expected it to be bad? Based on the first film, I don’t think there would have been any reason to expect a terrible sequel.

perspicacious's avatar

@cfrydj I always expect sequels to be bad. I just remember thinking that the first one was so good, that I would surely be disappointed with #2. I wasn’t.

MacBean's avatar

I really hated the first Saw movie but I’d gotten the first three from Netflix all at the same time so, glutton for punishment that I am, I popped in the second one anyway. And I actually sort of liked it a little. And then I liked the third one even more. (And then my opinion started to flag, but I still like every single sequel more than the first movie.)

Also, I did not like Meet the Parents but very much enjoyed Meet the Fockers.

ucme's avatar

French Connection.Thought nothing could trump the first movie, but by hell the sequel almost pulled it off.Two great movies.

bunnygrl's avatar

OK feel free to mock me here, I’m kinda used to it lol. I loved Romancing the Stone and thought when they made a sequel that it was bound to be pants, but I loved it then and love my dvds now. The Jewel of the Nile has it all, chick flick lovie stuff (perfect for one of “those” days), stunning scenery, fabulous soundtrack, Michael Douglas looking very much like a younger version of his Dad (ie before he (Micheal) became a tellytubby). It’s just a really silly little feel good and pass the time with a few chuckles kinda film and it cheers up a bad day. All thats missing is a big tub of Hagen Daz and comfie jammies to wear and you have the perfect ingredients for a brilliant “me time” day. Love them both. ok, let the mocking begin…....
hugs all xx

poofandmook's avatar

I agree with @perspicacious. I always go into a sequel expecting it to be bad.

For the record, I finished The Heretic. It was a little disappointing at the end, but the movie as a whole was enjoyable. except those effing locusts. [shudder]

gailcalled's avatar

@cfrydj: Traditionally, most sequels have been fair-to -mediocre. I was expecting Godfather II to be a forward continuation of the eat, pray and kill motif, with Michael as the star.

Using the early history of Vito Corleone and his making his bones in a magnificently recreated Little Italy was a welcome surprise. Plus, the neighborhood reminded me of the lower East Side where my relatives spent their formative years. (MY grandmother roled cigars.)

The casting was also wonderful; playing Brando against De Niro and Pacino worked really well.

(I was delightfully surprised to see De Niro’s comedic work in “Meet the Fockers” and the sequel. He, Hoffman and Streisand outacted Ben Stiller and his fiancĂ©e,what’s-her-name. Silly movies, but great fun to watch the old pros strut their stuff.)

poofandmook's avatar

@gailcalled: I’m with you on De Niro’s comedy in Meet the Parents/Fockers. He was absolutely hysterical. He reminded me just a tiny bit of Jimmy Conway, had he not been a mobster, if you know what I mean.

FutureMemory's avatar

Mad Max 2 (aka The Road Warrior) blew Mad Max out of the water.

SeventhSense's avatar

I’ll share a scoop…

bunnygrl's avatar

@SeventhSense <passes huge hagan daz tub over, and goes to get an extra spoon> hey! pause the dvd till I get back…. :-)

meagan's avatar

The second Matrix movie. I really, really loved The Matrix. But was skeptical about everything after the first. They were pretty amazing in my book. I was surprised!

Berserker's avatar

Boogeyman 2. Well, it certainly doesn’t follow the idea of the first, so fans of the first one probably don’t like the sequel because of that. And it was a good idea, but the movie was very slow, and I was getting sick of seeing people freak out in front of closets for three quarters of the movie. Just wasn’t going anywhere, although it started getting cool in the end…still.

The sequel was awesome. The main idea was ditched, but at least it still deals with the clichĂ© psychological factor about protagonists being all fucked up. I guess it does kind of tie in. In a way. I think I’m starting to disagree with myself about the second movie not following the concept of the first, as in, in one the boogeyman is real and he isn’t in the other…but that’s not what I’m supposed to talk about haha.

This one was just way more fun to watch. A messed up mix of Freddy Krueger and Saw, plus some good gore and all. Renee O’Connor playing in this is also a plus for me, because she’s totally awesome. Still too much closet freaking out though.

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