Originally Posted by Student of A/V
There are really far too many bad sequels too mention and too few fantastic originals. Sometimes, I really missed the original cast or the writer(s) go way too far to duplicate the success of the original (i.e. poorly done special effects, missed the point of the original charm). In any case here is my partial list (in no special order) of fantastic originals with very bad sequels:
30 Days of Nights II - Dark Days
Basic Instinct II
Die Hard 2 - Die HarderKill Bill Volume 2
Starship Troopers II
Under Siege II007 Quantum of Solace
Mission Impossible II
Oh man, the two bolded movies on your list definitely make my top 5! Kill Bill 2 has grown on me a tad, but the first viewing was a HUGE disappointment after really digging the first flick.
It isn't just the fact that the action was drastically limited (I can live with that), but with Bill being mysteriously intriguing as an off camera presence with limited exposure in KB1, he greatly underwhelms in KB2 where he is fully shown and gets a lot more screen time. He's the central antagonist, so with his character failing so hard in the sequel it really cripples the film.
For one, Carradine didn't have the physical screen presence to back up the awe built up from KB1 as the man who trained and mentored all of these world class assassins. He simply looked like a tired old guy that you might see in the back corner eating at Denny's one late night. The cut scene of his fighting skills vs. those thugs (DVD/Blu-ray extra) that so impressed the Bride was so laughably bad and fake that it actually makes him even less believable to have him in that role (yes, I know he did the slo-mo fighting in the Kung Fu series decades ago).
But the stake in the heart of Bill's character having any appeal for me is that he would not shut up! TalkTalkTalkTalkTalkTalkTalkTalkTalkTalkTalkTalkTalkTalk!!! 2/3rds through the end of the movie, the audience I watched it with groaned with me when he announces he was launching into yet another speech. KB1's Bill was infinitely more interesting despite being the exact same guy; it's the definitive example of how less sometimes is more.
Besides that, I was disappointed that we didn't get another uniquely produced background story for Bud or Elle like we got for O-Ren in the first, but the flashbacks for the Bride was pretty good. Last but not least, the final "batttle", despite its symbolic intent, fell completely flat.
KB1 was cheesy at times and over the top at times, but start to finish it knew what it wanted to be and did it well. Not so for KB2 IMHO. After my initial shock and dismay, KB2 is still watchable for me though. I just skip though a lot of superfluous dialogue and enjoy Uma's great performance. The same can not be said for Bond's last disaster, Quantum of Solace.
Casino Royale is one of my favorite Bond films, easily. It was my most played Blu ray movie early on. The news that QoS was a direct sequel had me all excited. The first warning sign of trouble ahead was when I noticed that they used Paul Haggis as the new writer. Since his award winning film "Crash" was perhaps my most hated film of the decade, I was legitimately worried. Sure enough, QoS was a complete mess, and its not even all his fault.
The director of that film has no idea how to shoot competent action scenes. He zoomed in way too closely and had way too many camera cuts. It was impossible to follow the flow of one action to the next in the car chase scene and in some of the fighting scenes. What was possible to follow was just boring.
But the script itself was the starring turd of this movie. It did a poor job of connecting Bond to the sorrow of his lost loved one from the first movie, and all of the new plot elements lacked cohesion or even comprehension. A terrible, terrible, terrible film.