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‘The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride’ Is One of the Best Sequels I’ve Ever Seen!

I love The Lion King. It’s my favorite animated Disney movie and it’s one of the best films I’ve ever seen. Of course, I’ve heard of the infamous Disney sequels and how I shouldn’t watch them. And yet, recently I learned from a random person on the internet that maybe The Lion King sequel is actually pretty good. My sister and I watched it for the first time and I was overcome by sheer joy considering how good it was!

When we were little girls we had a CD for this movie that contained all of the film’s songs. The movie actually has several of my favorite Disney songs and I frankly think the songs are better than the ones in The Lion King except for Circle of Life and Be Prepared.

Lion King II: Simba's Pride Is Better Than You Remember | CBR

And the story, despite its simplicity, is so perfectly written. I found myself watching the film with so much anxiety, you know, because of The Lion King and that’s a good thing. If a movie can have you fretting through its entirety then that means it’s really got its grip on you and yeah, its grip was tight.

I loved this story, the characters, I loved seeing Simba in a fatherly light and his continuing story of being worthy of Mufasa’s legacy, and yeah, the music was pretty great. I can’t say this movie is better than The Lion King but it’s pretty darn close and well worth the watch.

I’m giving it 95 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. It truly was a remarkable film that I will definitely be watching again.

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‘Coming 2 America’ Is the Perfect Sequel To ‘Coming to America’

When I heard that a sequel to Coming to America was coming out I was skeptical. Coming to America is such a classic and staple in the African-American community that to make a sequel and then ruin it seems pretty blasphemous.

It was supposed to come out last Christmas but we all know what prevented that from happening. COVID scared the production companies so badly that Amazon Studios bought the highly-anticipated sequel for $125 million. At the time, it seemed like a good move, but now it’s kind of obvious that maybe Eddie Murphy should’ve held out for theaters after all.

With theaters finally beginning to open again in major cities like New York, Coming 2 America would’ve made a killing because this film was so good!

Coming 2 America' Trailer: Eddie Murphy in 'Coming to America' Sequel |  IndieWire

When I mean “good” I don’t mean good in the sense that the movie had a storyline filled with twists and turns because it was very predictable throughout but it was still so much fun!

With cameos galore and callbacks to the original in ways that didn’t feel too corny but instead inspired heartwarming (and sometimes tear-inducing) nostalgia Coming 2 America is a fun movie to bring the family together and laugh for roughly two hours.

It’s the best long-awaited sequel that I’ve seen since The Force Awakens and that’s saying something. And like I said, the cameos… Eddie Murphy called a lot of people to be in this movie and they delivered!

Plus, the addition of Leslie Jones, Wesley Snipes, and Tracy Morgan was perfect.

I think what I loved most about this sequel is that it kind of made Coming to America better while also adding a storyline that I will accept as canon whereas Terminator: Dark Fate‘s storyline was so upsetting I’m not thinking of it as a sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day but rather as just another ridiculous Terminator movie.

All in all, if you watch it I think you’ll enjoy it. Like I said before, the plot is very predictable but it is fun. And don’t turn the credits off immediately because there are some fun moments there too.

I’ll give this movie 87 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars.

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Is ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ the Perfect Sequel?

When A New Hope came out 42 years ago people didn’t know there was going to be a sequel. It, sure enough, didn’t seem like it. A New Hope told a solid story with unsuspecting heroes who defeated the bad guys and were given medals in an unforgettable celebration at the end of the movie that made it seem like this story was over. But oh no, the story hadn’t ended. In fact, it had just begun.

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Three years later, it’s 1980, and The Empire Strikes Back is in theaters. Star Wars was a practically a perfect movie. Who would want to continue something that didn’t need to be tampered with? But George Lucas, with the help of the magnificent Lawrence Kasdan, built on A New Hope‘s momentum and told a story that was so utterly magnificent that it’s still regarded as the zenith of sequel movie making.

Everything about The Empire Strikes Back was better than the first. The planets were more awe-inspiring, the character developments were phenomenal, Darth Vader was on the next level of awesome, it displayed a compelling romance between Han and Leia that will go down as one of the greatest movie love stories of all time, the action was absolutely incredible, and it dropped a movie bombshell that no one could’ve seen coming.

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I’m Sorry To Say It But I’m Not Excited for ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

Two years ago I couldn’t wait to see Wonder Woman. It was the first time a female superhero from DC Comics was being featured in a standalone film and after Gal Gadot stole the show in Batman vs. Superman I just knew it was going to be awesome. Wonder Woman was disappointing, to say the least, and its sequel doesn’t seem to be doing too well either. It was supposed to come out in June but was pushed until next June, which was a bit of a bummer.

Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor is coming back, which doesn’t make sense considering that he died.

And the movie is set in the 80s’ which means we’ll get cheesy 80s’ references, famous 80s’ songs, and who knows what other 80s’ nonsense that’ll distract from the movie just being a good Wonder Woman movie.

Honestly, I wish I could say I’m buzzing with excitement to see this film but honestly, I’m not. Yeah, I’m eager to see the teaser, whenever that’ll be. (Rumors are saying it’ll arrive in December alongside The Rise of Skywalker.) Yeah, I’m definitely going to go see it next year because why not? But I’m nowhere near as interested in the film as Black Widow, unfortunately.

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Are the Ant-Man and Spider-Man Franchises In Trouble?

A couple of weeks ago during the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con, there were plenty of announcements to get excited about for the upcoming Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the MCU. We learned more about Black WidowShang-Chi and the Ten Rings, and Eternals, we learned that sequels in the work, and we discovered that the Fantastic Four, the Mutants, and Blade would be making their debut in the MCU in several years. It was a lot to take in. So much in fact that we almost forgot about two sequels that weren’t announced for a couple of franchises that have become very dear to my heart. That, of course, is the announcement of more Ant-Man and Spider-Man movies.

Every hero to have a film in the MCU has had a sequel that comes out two-three years after their previous film. All of course except for Doctor Strange whose sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is coming out five! years after his debut film in 2016, Doctor Strange. But we didn’t mind because he played such a prominent role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame and even had a little nod-and-a-wink role in Thor: Ragnarok.

Ant-Man and Spider-Man, however, may not be so lucky.

While it was rumored that Spider-Man would get a sequel announcement at San Diego Comic-Con that didn’t end up happening and nothing was even spoken about an Ant-Man sequel. Once I realized this I have to admit, I was bummed. Continue reading Are the Ant-Man and Spider-Man Franchises In Trouble?

Throwback Friday: Is ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ the Perfect Sequel?

When A New Hope came out 42 years ago people didn’t know there was going to be a sequel. It, sure enough, didn’t seem like it. A New Hope told a solid story with unsuspecting heroes who defeated the bad guys and were given medals in an unforgettable celebration at the end of the movie that made it seem like this story was over. But oh no, the story hadn’t ended. In fact, it had just begun.

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Three years later, it’s 1980, and The Empire Strikes Back is in theaters. Star Wars was a practically a perfect movie. Who would want to continue something that didn’t need to be tampered with? But George Lucas, with the help of the magnificent Lawrence Kasdan, built on A New Hope‘s momentum and told a story that was so utterly magnificent that it’s still regarded as the zenith of sequel movie making.

Everything about The Empire Strikes Back was better than the first. The planets were more awe-inspiring, the character developments were phenomenal, Darth Vader was on the next level of awesome, it displayed a compelling romance between Han and Leia that will go down as one of the greatest movie love stories of all time, the action was absolutely incredible, and it dropped a movie bombshell that no one could’ve seen coming.

Continue reading Throwback Friday: Is ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ the Perfect Sequel?