I recently declared on Twitter that Rocky IV is the best movie sequel of all time. I was correct. There is no question about that. No sane person would ever disagree with that. HOWEVER, some people mentioned there were some other sequels that deserve recognition. Without further ado, here are other movies that are up there alongside Rocky IV for best ‘quel of all-time.
Fast Five – I mean, you had to have expected this to be on the list before you even clicked on the link, right? Without question the best Fast movie. The one that turned a sputtering out franchise into the global phenomenon it is today. The introduction of The Rock brought things to a whole new level. I also have framed calligraphy in my living room with my favorite quote from that movie. “The most important thing in life will always be the people in this room. Right here. Right now. Salud, mi familia.”
Terminator 2: Judgement Day – This one should be one of the least surprising on the list. Judgement Day is one of the most beloved action movies ever made. It is so good that it even makes people forget about the first movie. Seriously, what is something you remember about The Terminator? If you catch it on TV you probably won’t even stop on it, instead you’ll just lament how you wish Judgement Day was on instead. Fun fact about this one: it was the first R-rated movie I ever saw. My dad and I convinced my mom it was a PG-13 when we came home from Main Avenue video store on Cliff Road with it on VHS.
Toy Story 3 – The only time I was ever happy a movie was in 3D. Those dumb glasses helped hide how much everyone in the theater was heave-crying at the end of it. Like, the ugly kind of sniffling, snot-filled tears. Between the gang bracing for what seemed like their demise and Andy giving away his toys to Bonnie before leaving for college, it is as good as it gets.
Paddington 2 – Not only is Paddington 2 one of the best sequels ever made, it is one of the finest films ever. Period. One of few movies to ever get a perfect 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Ben Wihshaw’s voice acting for Paddington is one of the all-time great performances. I routinely buy this movie for friends on Amazon if they have never seen it. I will absolutely buy it for you if you ask me. No joke. It will leave your heart full and your eyes fresh out of tears.
D2: The Mighty Ducks – The best movie ever filmed (partially) in the great state of Minnesota! The best of the three in what I like to call the ‘THRILLOGY.’ Took all the best parts of the orig’ and brought it to a global scale. Here is a statistical deep-dive from all three films.
Forrest Gump II: 2 Forest 2 Gump: The Revenge of Lieutenant Dan – I think we can ALL agree this movie belongs on this list. Who predicted Forest Jr turning into the villain? Huge plot-twist. Also, still shocked at how frivolously Forrest Sr. squandered all that Apple Money. Kinda weird he decided to buy all those monster trucks? Also, that lawsuit was really bizarre with the San Diego Zoo. Good movie tho!