The temptation of making a movie sequel is understandable. Not only does it ensure free promotion owing to the acceptance of the prequel among the public but it also assures its makers of sizable returns. The caveat however is that all sequels come with a burden of expectation. Here is the list top worst movie sequels to great movies that failed to live up to the expectations and therefore should have never been made.
1. Godfather Part III
The Godfather and its first sequel were the epitome of cult films. The third edition however lacks the substance to do justice to the legacy. The first two parts were so consistent because the characters were balanced and complemented each other. In the second part, the fiery Michael Corleone was neutralised by the wise Tom Hagan and the tactful Kay Adams. The absence of the former and the lack of presence of the latter does not help the cause in the third and final part. The new characters had either been mired in controversy off-screen or could not establish their screen presence or both.
The absence of a defining climax such as the montaged wipeout of the mob in the first part is also conspicuous by its absence. But the biggest problem lies in the flaws within the protagonist. The first two parts were so successful because both Vito and Michael Corleone commanded a screen presence which oozed of authority, which is not seen in the third part.
2. Speed 2: Cruise Control