In a box accompanying a story on films adapted from books, today’s HT City has this to say about the classic status of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather:
“Coppola tried to revive the magic through several sequels, but not with much success.”
Duh. And here I was thinking The Godfather Part II was widely regarded one of the greatest American films ever made (even if you don’t actually think it’s better than the first film – I don’t – you’ll probably concede it’s far more ambitious, and doesn’t have the bulwark of an existing work of literature to fall back on). Even Part III, though much criticized at the time of its release, holds up quite well when you pull it out of the shade of its towering predecessors.
Also, several sequels? There were two. I dunno, maybe technically that’s “several”.