We all like seeing thrilling cinematic masterpieces, and those that do well at the box office frequently produce sequels that prolong these experiences. Fans are naturally interested in returning characters they already know they like because of brand name awareness.
Nonetheless, not all sequels are made equal. Some include a totally new cast of characters, while others rehash old favorites. Most take place at least a few months after the first, but today we’ll look at six unconventional films that take place directly after the first!
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Right After Kill Bill)
Kill Bill is a Quentin Tarantino masterpiece, with all the mad Tarantino trademarks: brutal action, a distinct art style, and troubled protagonists. It’s my personal favorite Tarantino film; just don’t show it to any children.
After the previous film’s brutal denouement and a twist ending, the main character “the Bride” still has unfinished business, and that’s where Volume 2 begins off, again ignoring a flashback sequence. What else is there to say? If you enjoyed the original, you’ll like the sequel’s additional action and revelations.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (Right After Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs)
The first Cloudy film, a non-Disney animated feature with a rapid speed and wacky atmosphere, was well received by most audiences. The second garnered mixed reviews, however, it starts eight minutes after the first (plus a short flashback and recap intro). Yes, Flint doesn’t even have a chance to get sleep before being thrust into the ongoing turmoil of Cloudy 2.
Back To The Future 2 (Right After Back To The Future)
Back to the Future is a popular sci-fi adventure story from the 1980s in which Marty McFly mistakenly travels back in time, stopping his parents from meeting and desperately attempting to reconcile them before he vanishes from existence. Without giving anything away, let’s just say things end on an enormous cliffhanger, and the beginning of the sequel is the first’s concluding scene.
To top it all off, the third and final film picks up just where Part 2 ends off, thereby making the trilogy one massive tale.
Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (Right After Lion King)
Disney sequels have a bad reputation for being disappointing; just look at the sequels to Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mulan. Why? Lower costs and brand recognition exploitation are among the reasons; parents would buy the second movie for their children after viewing the familiar characters from the first.
Fortunately, the sequels occasionally surprise us. Simba and Nala welcome young cub Kiara to their kingdom as we enter the shockingly decent Simba’s Pride. This time, rather than Circle of Life, a song called He Lives in You adorns the screen, as it did at the close of the first film. Some fans may claim that the youngster at the conclusion of the first episode was lost-son Kopa, not Kiara, but that’s a discussion for another day.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Right After The Force Awakens Ep. 7)
Most Star Wars episodes are separated by a few years. Even worse, Episodes 3 (Revenge of the Sith) and 4 (A New Hope) take place 19 years apart! Nonetheless, certain films defy this pattern, such as The Last Jedi, which begins up just where The Force Awakens left off—with Rey meeting Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.
Furthermore, if you look at the films chronologically by plot rather than the release date, the original film A New Hope begins precisely where the non-episode Rogue One ends. If you know me, you know I adore Star Wars (yes, even the prequels), and I’d definitely suggest any of these cinematic gems, regardless of time difference.