Today’s question comes from reader Patrick, who writes:
Bypassing the obvious candidates for the greatest sequels (“The Godfather, part II”; “The Empire Strikes Back”; “Aliens”; “The Dark Knight”), what would be your pick for most underrated sequel? What follow-up is it that divides the critics and regular movie-goers and fills whole threads of message boards with debate, but you think is worthy of the original?
I suspect we may see a bit of debate over Wrath of the Titans, which I think is awful and much worse than the previous film, 2010’s Clash of the Titans, but just anecdotally, I’ve seen more than a few people saying that they think Wrath is an improvement. Critics disagree: Clash is 28 percent Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, but Wrath is only 25 percent; on Metacritc, Clash scored a 39, while Wrath dropped to 37.
What do you think? What is the most underrated movie sequel of all-time?
I’m gonna go with Jurassic Park III. I don’t get the lack of love for this flick, which is a superb action adventure movie of a glorious old stripe: it’s fast, it’s scary, it’s intense, and it knows precisely what audiences came for — dinosaurs! — and delivers.
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