I am a huge movie fan (that's pretty obvious), and I am a huge sequel fan. Some movie franchises have managed to pull off the impossible, making a sequel better than the first. But, on the other hand, some sequels are terrible, and give a bad name to the first.
Sequels Can Make Or Break A Movie Franchise
A bad sequel can ruin a movie franchise. And a good sequel can make a good a movie franchise. There are many movie franchises that have been ruined by a bad sequel. I have 5 movie franchises that were almost ruined by a bad sequel.
I wouldn't say that I am the biggest fan of the first Grease, but I can find it enjoyable. I mean, who doesn't like watching John Travolta when he was actually considered a good actor. The second Grease is pretty much the same as the first, except get rid of the catchy music and interesting actors, which was the reason we liked the first.
I am a huge fan of Jurassic Park. In my opinion, it is one of the most iconic movies of all time. But the way I see it, it is one of those movies that doesn't need a sequel. I mean, like that is going to happen again. It would have been okay if the sequels were good, but that didn't happen.
Now for his one, I am talking about the Star Wars prequels. Regarded as the worst Star Wars movies, the sequels were definitely a let down. Everybody was expecting an interesting, deep back story, but all we got was cheesy acting (except for Ewan McGregor) and a confusing plot line.
They did do their job, by giving us an origin for Darth Vader. But that was the only good thing that came out.
I love the first Taken. It may not be the most critically acclaimed movie, but it was a solid father-daughter bonding action movie (if those exist). But how unlucky is their family if that happens again, which it did. The second seemed like a part 2 of the first, and wasn't near the level as the original.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Don't get to mad, but I didn't love the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. I loved the first, but the 2nd and 3rd were just too confusing. The ending of the 3rd was what ruined it for me. We went through three movies for that?