For a very long time in the movie industry, sequels had a negative reputation. Before a sequel was even released, it was presumed to be inferior to the original film it followed. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. In fact, I’d argue that audiences are now expecting bigger and better experiences from sequels, and those expectations are met more often than not.
Here are 3 recent sequels that I enjoyed—and a prequel just for good measure!
The King’s Man – This one’s the prequel, setting up the events of the popular, ultra-violent Kingsman franchise that kicked off in 2014 with Kingsman: The Secret Service starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Taron Egerton. The King’s Man shows how the British agency first formed during World War I, and stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Rhys Ifans.
The Matrix Resurrections – It’s right there in the title: Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) live once again! If you’re a fan of the original trilogy that wrapped nearly 20 years ago, then you pretty much have to see what the star-crossed couple is up to in a world set 60 years after their deaths.
Coming 2 America – I loved this movie so much, just like I was a huge fan of the 1988 original. This time, Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his hilarious right-hand man Semmi (Arsenio Hall) travel back to Queens, New York, in order to find Akeem’s possible son (Jermaine Fowler), who would be the heir to Zamunda. Add in amazing costumes, great music and fan-favorite characters like Randy Watson, Mr. Clarence and Saul.
Sing 2 – The soundtrack from 2016’s Sing was a mainstay in our house for years. So you can bet my kids were psyched for this sequel, which thankfully is just as fun and has just has many great songs as the original. This time, the gang (voiced by Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Scarlett Johansson and so many more) reunites for a huge production in the entertainment capital of the world, but they’re dependent on the reclusive rock star Clay Calloway (Bono) to pull it off—and Clay has no intention of joining them.