Here is another Top 10 from me, this time about the worst ever made Movie sequels. Did you ever watch a movie sequel because the first part was great and then wondered why you watched it? Here are my Top 10.
10. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Wall Street gave us a searing indictment of capitalism run amok, along with a perfect avatar of the era in the form of Michael Douglas’ Gordon Gekko. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps gave us Shia LaBeouf in a convoluted plot that sees Gekko returning to the world of high finance after a long prison sentence, eager to get revenge on the men who doomed his career. Gekko’s “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good” speech came to define the entire decade. Money Never Sleeps was so generic and boring the world has forgotten it even exists barely a decade later.
9. Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
While I loved Blues Brothers, the sequel was just not bad. Replacing John Belushi with a child? No way. At least the music in Blues Brothers 2000 is up to the standard set by the original film, but just about everything else, from the comedy to the characters fails.
8. Zoolander 2 (2016)
The first Zoolander mercilessly satirized the vapid fashion world. The only thing Zoolander 2 makes fun of is the first movie, with characters constantly mocking Ben Stiller’s Derek and Owen Wilson’s Hansel for being old and out of touch. It seems like the sequel was designed to prove that these characters still have value in a world of social media and YouTube stars. But Zoolander 2 was so disappointing it actually made a more compelling case that its heroes were washed-up after all. When Mugatu quipped to Zoolander “It doesn’t hold up, does it?” at one point, the joke resonated with a painful truth.
7. Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)
I’m not sure you could make a worse sequel to Smokey and the Bandit than Smokey Part 3. Even Burt Reynolds’ Bandit is a no-show this time beyond a brief cameo, so the filmmakers made the fatal error of turning the loathsome Sheriff Buford T. Justice into the hero of the story. Why would you do this?
6. Basic Instinct 2
14 years after the steamy original, someone decided to see if lightning could strike twice. It didn’t. Sharon Stone returns to play crime novelist (and serial killer) Catherine Tramell, but with no Michael Douglas acting across from her — and a bewildering plot — the movie is an absolute dud.
5. Son of the Mask (2005)
Yes this one really exists. The Jim Carrey Mask’s appeal was the conceit that putting on that magic mask allowed Carrey to unleash his unfiltered id, along with his gift for impressions and voices. In Son of the Mask, Kennedy’s character almost never puts on the mask (his dog has it way more for some reason) and when he does, he is as stiff as a board — despite the fact that his character is a frustrated cartoonist in order to give him a reason to act just like Carrey did as The Mask. They should habe just let it with the first one.
4. Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
aws is a film about a beach town under attack from a hungry shark. Jaws the Revenge is a movie about a shark getting revenge against the family that has repeatedly murdered it. Its hero, played by Lorraine Gary, believes a shark is systematically killing her family, so she moves to the Bahamas to escape it. Which means the shark follows her 1100 miles to eat her. You have to admit: That is a really talented shark — or maybe a ghost shark, since it’s technically avenging its own death(s) in Jaws, Jaws 2, and Jaws 3D. (Or maybe it’s a vengeful relative of multiple dead sharks from the movies? While Jaws was amazing, this is genuine fail.
3. Batman & Robin (1997)
It’s arguably the movie that put the nail in the coffin for this Batman franchise. The incredibly bizarre costumes. The strange set design. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze. Yeah, that’s late-1990s superhero movies in a nutshell, and director Joel Schumacher drove us headfirst into the madness.
2. The Godfather: Part III
When you go and make arguably the greatest sequel of all time, it’s likely a studio is going to throw money at you until you finally make a third. That’s what happened to director Francis Ford Coppola. After making two of the most memorable movies ever, he tried to go for the hat trick. And though the (presumably) final feature-length tale of the Corleone family has grown in acceptance over the years, it still is hard to watch.
1. Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)
While I loved the first part of Space Jam, there was no need for a second all along. LeBron James isn’t a terrible actor — he’s no worse in the lead than Michael Jordan was in the original film — but almost everything else about A New Legacy was an embarrassment from top to bottom. It doesn’t even seem to understand the appeal of the Looney Tunes, and Bugs Bunny in particular, who got turned into a whiny mope. It seems like there should be something — anything — of value in a movie this expensive and loaded with talent and valuable Warner Bros. IP. But nope, that’s all, folks.
So that was my Top10 worst Movie sequels. Agree or Disagree? Have even worse ones on your list? Sound off in the comments.