Updated 16 July 2003, 15.47
Actor Tobey Maguire reckons Spider-Man II will be loads better than the first film.
But do sequels ever live up to the originals?
Films like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, X-Men and Star Wars all have sequels.
But are they ever as good?
I think that it's kinda stupid that they make sequels to some movies. Like Spy Kids, the first one was really great but now they made the second one and it isn't really good at all, and I heard about a THIRD Spy Kids movie!! Now that's overdoing it! But the HP and LOTR "sequels" will be great!! And already are!!! ;0)
Trisha, 13, Surrey
Nowadays there aren't many movies that aren't set up for sequels. Most of them are improvements from the first, especially in the case of X2.
Meg, 14, Yorkshire
I think some sequels are better, like American Pie 2 is LOADS better, & Lord of the Rings is more amazing than the first.. but some sequels are just daft!
Han, 16, Cardiff
Sequels can be good or bad, it doesn't depend on the film, it depends on the directors and producers, hardly anyone thinks about them, they're always behind the screen.
Jane, 12, London
What are you people on about, Harry Potter & The Lord of the Rings don't have sequels, they are just different parts to the same story!
Ross, 15, Fife
Toy Story 2 and Austin Pwoers 2 & 3 are truly brilliant. Sequels can be good. Look at the James Bond series!
Ros, 12, Cheltenham
Some are completely trashy but just look at Lord of the Rings! I thought the first film was amazing and nothing could be better but Two Towers has managed to top it!!
Sammi, 15, East Sussex
Put it this way - all sequels are rubbish and the people who think the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings sequels are 'great' are just following the crowd!
Ashley, 15, Strathpeffer
I don't like sequels because they are usually not as good as the originial so it sort of ruins the first movie. However, some sequels, such as Lord of the Rings, the Two Towers, are just as good as the first movie. Also, the Harry Potter movies keep getting better. But those types of movies are really rare.
Emily, 14, London
It is very rare to find a sequel as good or better than the 1st film. Most of the sequels come straight out on video because they are so rubbish. They are just there to soak up any money left over.
Elanor, 13, Loughborough
I think That X-men 2 is ten times as good as the first one, I agree with Natalie! They can be Good
Tristag, 12, Somerton
i fnk dere a bit annoying cuz day just want 2 per swade u 2 pay more muny 2 c da film! may b da peeps ju want da 1st?
Isabel, 9, London
They're good because once everybody sees the first one the tension builds and everyone wants to the the others
Alastair, 11, Skegness
It depends on the movie if the first movie was a hit the second movie might not be as good. But if it's from a book series like Harry Potter or LotR all of the movies are bound to be good.
Jessi, 12, USA
Sequels can be ok, sequels like harry potter are fine because books usually are followed by film, but, some sequels are rubbish!! so it varies!
Natalie, 13, Ipswich
None of the film sequels that I have seen have been as good as the first ones, with the exception of Harry Potter 2 and The Two Towers.
Helen, 11, Glossop
I think ALL sequels are just RUBBISH! Movie makers should just stick to doing the first and only film!
Ann, 11, London
I think that sequels r rubbish, the only reason they r made is so that they can get more money out of it and some r made together as its cheaper.
Anika, 14, Leicester
Some sequels are good like Harry Potter and we can't wait for the next one to come out
Hazz & Smasher, 14, Wales
Some sequels are alright, but others...
Uzma, 14, Burnley
It really depends on what movie it was, sometimes the sequels are better - but sometimes worse!
Gill, 12, Stanmore
I can't wait for the Spiceworld sequel.
Nita, 13, London
I think most sequels aren't as good as the first real thing! Take Charlie's Angels for example - the first one was brilliant but the second one was a bit far-fetched. However, some sequels are even better than the first ones. I think Tomb Raider 2 looks miles better than the first one!
Sian, 12, Sale
Sequels can be good... but it's not all that common.
Beatrice, 14, France
The only good sequel I've ever seen is Toy Story 2. I reckon all other sequels spoil the first one. I don't think Harry Potter should ever have been made into a film, as it spoils the books. Anyone agree?
Kayla, 12, Bristol
It can be annoying cos u hav 2 wait for a . . g . . e . . s b4 u get 2 knw wot happens. In that time, ppl cn lose interest!
Emma, 13, Lincoln
YEA! I luvved Legally Blonde and I can't wait for Legally Blonde 2. It makes it so exciting especially when the first one was fab!
Emz, 12, Colchester
I think sequels are not as good coz they are tryin to make it better but the first film will be better but on the other hand i thought Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was good.
Becca, 13, Hyde
I think sequels never live up to the other movie standards. I'm a massive fan of the James Bond 007 movie franchise and its most latest sequel totally rocked! Die Another Day is really cool! I like the Harry Potter books and have read them all but I hated the first movie, but then loved the second. I think the only sequel for me has to be Toy Story 2! It has everything a film has to have! I'm afraid I don't like LOTR and I saw the sequel last Christmas, and I was totally bored!
Sequels can be great - and its good to see how the characters evolve. Sequels are good when it's made well!
Amy, 12, Pontypridd
Of Course! The Lord of the Rings just keeps getting better and better every time!
Addie, 14, USA
It really depends. Disney sequels are usually pretty dumb (except for a few) but others like HP are just as good or better.
Anna, 10, USA
It depends: sometimes sequels are hopelessly terrible e.g. some of the Disney sequels; but other times they are amazing and you can't get enough of them e.g. Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Matrix, etc.
Natalie, 15, Kingston
Sequels tend to be worse due the fact that the plot is along the exact same lines as the 1st movie - there's nothing new to see, or anything to hold the viewers interest. I agree, they ARE just ratings grabbers :D. In the case of LOTR and HP, the plot is developing, and the acting seems to grow with the plot as the actors settle into their roles. Though I do agree with Sim, if the movie's got good writing, acting, plot etc, then it's gonna be great, regardless.
I don't think the sequels are ever as good...it normally ruins it...
Ashleigh, 14, Miami, Florida
Yes, because in the first one you can see what needs improving, and in the second film improve it.
Laura, 11, Yeovil
I think that it all depends on the storyline of both the first movie and the sequel. If the story is continued, like in HP and LOTR, or if it has new plot material, then it's OK, but if it's going to follow the same pattern as the 1st one, then it'll just be boring becoz we've already seen what happens at the most basic level.
Prashanthi, 14, Ilford
I think sequels are good depending on some films. Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter have good sequels but Jurassic Park sequels are just rubbish because it's always the same story.
Nurul, 13, Cambridge
I think that the only sequels that are really bad are almost always Disney sequels. Toy Story was OK, but others weren't.
George, 12, London
Film sequels are only good when you know they're supposed to be there, like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings - you know the story isn't finished. I don't like it when they make a good film that finishes fully concluded, but then add another on just because the other was successful. They might as well make it into a series.
I think that most sequels are good, because usually the special effects and the acting is much better than before!
Nuala, 13, Northern Ireland
Sometimes they're good, but other times they totally ruin it by having another film, I mean I lost count on how many Land before time films came out, Mental, honestly!! Some films on the other hand, like SpyKids, shouldn't even be a film in the first place! They can't act!
Nin, 13, Huddersfield
I normally like the second part of movies because there's always more action in it or its more interesting than the first one like The Matrix Reloaded.
Claire, 12, Edinburgh
i fink they r as gud or even betta coz i fink the harry potter and lord of the rings sequel woz beeta than the first 1
Ashley, 11, Gillingham
Sequels are brilliant. I mean, look at the Die Hard series, the Lethal Weapon series, the Star Wars and Star Trek series, the third Star Trek movie was the best, the first was *pants*!
Matthew, 15, Larne
I'd have to say, Lord of the Rings and Toy Story are the only sequels that were worth watching for me. And the sad thing is... I'm a big Harry Potter fan. The first movie rocked! But then they just put in to much comp-animated stuff.
I'm just praying that there won't be a Pirates of the Caribbean II... now THAT was a good movie..
Katherine, 12, Kansas, USA
I love The Lord of the Ring trilogy ( the third one isn't out yet!) Squeals don't make differences in films!! I am waiting for The Return of the King!!!!!!!!!
Kathy, 12, France
Sequels tend to be better as they're improvements of the original. At the end of the day, regardless of whether it is a sequel or not, if the film's good, people will like it!
Sim, 12, Ilford
yeah, like i loved LOTR FOTR but i loved LOTR TTT even more
Alia, 13, Pennsburg
It's true that some sequels can be a total flop but just look at LOTR! The Two Towers bettered the Fellowship (which I didn't think was possible before I saw it) and the producers have said that if you thought TTT was better than FOTR, then the next one's like a quantum leap... :) Can't wait!
Rosie, 13, Sheffield
I agree with Caroline,14 - film sequels are usually just tacked on to films cos people who see the 1st one will want to see the second 1. Sometimes when it follows a book or cartoon it's good though, but Stuart Little 2 was rubbish!
Jessie, 13, Vancouver
HELLO? ever head of the bafta winning Lord of the Rings: Two Towers?
Julia, 12, Topsfield, USA
Toy Story 2 was great!
But really it's just whether they're good films by themselves, being a sequel makes no difference.
Nick, Welwyn Garden City
Movie sequels can be alright. They usually aren't as good as the first one. But if they are sequels to books, and they stay true to them, then they're awesome! i.e.:Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings....
Madeleine, 13, Atlanta, USA
I think it really all depends on the story. Some films really need sequels or prequels to tell the whole story or add to the whole story - like Star Wars, Harry Potter and X-men. Other films don't need it.
Lucy, 15, Bristol
Only if the sequel has been planned all along, like Harry Potter, but if it's just tacked onto the series to make more money, then it's just gonna be pants!
Philippa, 13, Yorkshire
I like just the one film, short and sweet as they say!
Kate, 12, Aylesbury
I love sequels, to movies but the best ones are usually from books or comic books stories, I love those sort of films.
Shannon, 13, Birmingham
Harry Potter was loads better than the first!!! Some sequels can be VERY cool or boring.
Kelly, 10, Basildon
I can't wait for Scooby Doo 2 - but I don't think it will be better than the first one. Sequels tend to get boring, and if they were already books like Harry Potter, it isn't very new and people who don't like the first film definitely hate the sequel(s). The first film is always better, but with book sequels the story gets better.
Sophie, 11, France
Film sequels don't always live up to the very first. There have been lots that are just there to try and grab the ratings the last one got and end up really trashy. The Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter are different though, they WERE all books originally and therefore the plot-lines aren't complete flops and rushed jobs.
X-Men II was loads better than the first one. Sequels can be cool!
Natalie, 13, Herts
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