Another blogger has joined the fray! Hannah M over at Unpublished For a Reason has started her own journey through The 50 Day Movie Challenge. Head on over there to see what she’s picking.
So. Favorite sequel. I’m trying to avoid picking the same movie multiple times during this project. This spot really belongs to Before Sunset, a film that is everything a sequel should be and more. But I already used it for Best Ending, so that’s a no-go. Luckily, there’s another movie that isn’t far behind when discussing great sequels.
There does seem to be a lot of debate on whether The Terminator or Terminator 2: Judgment Day is the better movie, though. Some prefer the original’s darker and unrelentingly tension-filled tone. I’ve always favored the sequel, however. Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator was always too cool a character to really root against, so he works better as a good guy than as the antagonist. Terminator 2 is also very well-paced, knowing exactly when to push the action and when to take a breather. It’s not afraid to lighten up the mood a bit with some humor, but is smart enough to stay away from it when the action intensifies, so the sense of danger is always there when called for. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor also provides a more nuanced and multifaceted performance this time around, taking the chance to add depth and transformation to her character. And the action is all ramped up, of course, with the chase scene through the canal being particularly awe-inspiring and memorable.
The end result is one of the very best action films ever made. While the original is a great movie in its own right, I’ll take the sequel over it any day of the week.