First off I’m going to apologize to my friend Ryan. I was trying to think of ideas for “Top 10” lists, and Ryan suggested best sequels. I shot the idea down, saying it’s been done.
Well, during a break from homework today, I’m drinking my coffee staring blankly at the screen trying to think of Top 10 list ideas. Then it dawned on me – it’s all been done before. No matter what kind of list I try to make, someone has probably already done it. So I might as well be true to myself, and add my own take on an idea that’s already been done. Then Ryan’s suggestion popped in my mind – what is a sequel, but adding to what’s already been done before? It was perfect…well at least I thought so.
So sorry and thank you to Ryan for the suggestion!
I also wanted to mention that I did include trilogies and series, as you’ll see in a minute.
Let’s not waste anymore time, and here’s my take on the Top 10 Best Movie Sequels:
10. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Not many people my age have actually seen this movie, which is a shame to begin with. Additionally, not many people my age even realize that this is a sequel. It’s the third in the Dollars Trilogy (or as some would know as the “Man with No Name” Trilogy). It’s also the most recognizable of the three films. I really think I enjoy A Fistful of Dollars more (the first film), but this is a great sequel nonetheless. It’s a classic western, and while not everyone will enjoy it, I believe it’s one of the best films from its era.
9. Shrek 2
Honestly, I love Shrek. I love the characters, and I just really enjoy watching these films. Shrek 2 I feel really improves upon the first film in many ways. I recently watched both films again, and I noticed how the first film really is simple compared the second. The first one really plays out like a fairy tale, which is what they were going for I suppose. I just felt that the second film has a lot more dimensions to its story, therefore making it more interesting to watch. It takes an already entertaining film and one-ups it. The third one…well that’s a different story, and I’d rather not mention that piece of shit tonight.
8. Lord of the Rings: The Towers
I wasn’t going to add Lord of the Rings to this list at all. A few people may argue that Lord of the Rings is one large story and this shouldn’t be counted as a sequel…but I think if one can say that about this story, you can say that about any sequel. Sequels are just additions to a familiar story, containing similar places, characters, plots or themes. They can be completely relevant to the previous familiar story, unrelated or continuations. That’s just how I see it. Anyways, I’m rambling. I picked the Two Towers instead of Return of the King because in all honesty, I like it better. They’re both great, but there are just so many parts of this film that I love – Helm’s deep, the Ents, Sam’s speech at the end (as cheesy as it is, I still love it). Return of the King is awesome, but fuck it’s long. They’re both long ass movies, but Return of the King kind of drags on. I find Two Towers really exciting for the most part, and that’s why it’s on this list.
7. The Dark Knight
I almost didn’t put this film on my list at all, but it’s too good to ignore. Batman Begins was a really great way to reinvent the franchise of Batman, which was almost destroyed when Joel Schumacher made Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. The Dark Knight did everything Batman Begins did, but about ten times better. The film is dark, edgy and really emotional, and it carries a very strong (sometimes very blatant) message. I really think a lot of this films success can be attributed to Heath Ledger. And I’m not saying that it wouldn’t have been successful if Heath Ledger hadn’t passed away prior to the films release, I just feel that because of his untimely death, the film attracted an audience that might not have gone to see the film in the first place. I’m not going to lie though, the Joker was by far my favourite part of the film, and I feel it overshadowed the character of Batman immensely. I have trouble recalling the film without thinking of scenes with the Joker in it, and this is why I put the film so low on the list. While I really love this film, to me I think that because of its huge success, the sequel that will eventually come out is almost doomed to fail. There is more expectations for the sequel to this film, and honestly, I don’t think they can top the Dark Knight. Also, unlike some of the other films on my list, I believe this one is a film that is not timeless. While it’s very relevant to our society today, I’m not entirely sold that this film will be quite as important 20 years down the road. I’d love to be proven wrong, but that’s just how I see it now.
Alien was a great horror/sci-fi flick, and it really is a classic. Aliens is a lot different from Alien though, and in certain ways I feel it’s superior. While Alien is very much about the mood, and the suspense – Aliens is about action and excitement. Sure, it has suspense too – but some people don’t get scared the same way anymore, and although I love Alien, some people find it a bit boring in comparison to Aliens. I enjoy suspense, and I don’t have to see the alien in the film to be afraid of it, because my imagination fills in what my eyes are missing (probably a reason why a lot of people either were super scared of Paranormal Activity or thought it was boring…but that’s for another time). And I love when a movie does that, makes me imagine my own horror. However, Aliens caters to a wider range of audience, and it really is a classic all in its own. While I don’t find Aliens frightening, I love watching it. It’s got a really decently written story, and I love how it doesn’t copy the original film. It takes the same sort of idea, the same creatures and premise and ultimately creates its own unique film out of it. It’s like awesomely written fanfiction – in many ways it’s more enjoyable than the original source material.
5. Die Hard 2 – Die Harder
God I love Die Hard. There’s nothing like coming home, ordering some pizza and wings, having some booze and watching Die Hard. While I still think the first one is better, Die Hard 2 is still fucking awesome. It’s got all the same plot elements of Die Hard – John McClane is just minding his own business, terrorists show up and start some badass shit, and it’s up to John McClane to stop them – and on the side, again his wife is in trouble at the same time. It’s action packed, it’s mindless fun, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I fucking love this film. I didn’t put the third or fourth one on here, because honestly while I still like both of them, I still think the second one is better.
4. Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness
The number four spot is a tie for me. Both films are similar and different at the same time, and I really enjoy both of them. If I had to pick which one I liked better, I’d honestly have to say Army of Darkness, because I think the story is better, and it’s got some really funny parts in it. That’s not to say Evil Dead 2 is worse, I just personally enjoy Army of Darkness more. They tie for number four because I couldn’t decide which one to put on my list, and they’re both great cult films. Evil Dead 2 is sort of not a direct sequel anyways…It starts off with a bit of the first film, so while it’s a sequel, in my mind I find it to be more of an extension of the first film (an awesomely entertaining extension that is). I still love both films, and no one can deny that they have the best one-liners ever. Where else are you going to hear gems like “Gimme some sugar baby” and “This…is my BOOMSTICK!”?
3. Back to the Future II
Why is Back to the Future II so high on the list? Hello??? Anybody home?? Think McFly!! Ok I really just love the Back to the Future series. And while the first one is still my favourite of the series, the second one is my favourite sequel. It jumps right into the story, and doesn’t slow down at all. And it really keeps the charm of the first film, which is why it’s so awesome. Plus, I absolutely love Biff in this film. He’s an awesome bad guy, and I love how his character is played up in this film so much, just makes the movie more memorable for me.
2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
I’m not going to lie, I saw this film before Terminator. Well technically that’s not true, but apparently I saw the first film when I was a little kid and I was scared shitless. Honestly, I don’t remember this. But I did see T2 when I was about 10 – and man is it fucking awesome. I still think that some of the technology of this film is still amazing and is comparable to films nowadays. I love both films (and I choose to ignore T3…because it sucks…). It’s so high on the list for a few reasons. A) I love action films, B) I love Arnold films and C) It is just that much better than Terminator that I felt that it needed a very high spot on my list. If you haven’t seen it, then shame on you – naked Robert Patrick shuns you!
1. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
Do I even have to fucking explain this? The Empire Strikes Back is not only my favourite Star Wars film, it is one of the best. A New Hope is amazing, it changed film history. But Empire is dark, it takes the “boy goes on an adventure” story from the first film, and develops it into a story about a boy becoming a man – learning who he is, learning his values. He faces temptation, fear, and most importantly, his own doubts. It’s a great continuation of the original story. And lets face it – it’s fucking Star Wars!!
And that’s it, my list of top 10 best movie sequels. I wanted to note that yes I know that Godfather Part II isn’t on there…I’m ashamed to say I haven’t seen the Godfather films yet – but I assure you, they are on my to-do list!
Honorable Mentions: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek First Contact, Toy Story 2, Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me, X2, Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan, Mummy Returns, Red Dragon, Spider Man 2, Lethal Weapon 2.