It is not the first time that I notice watching a sequel back to back to the film(s) it comes before gives me the impression that it allows me to appreciate it (and maybe understand it?) better than all those who watched it when it first came in the theatres, years after having seen the original. Many, in fact, regards The Godfather: Part III to be the weakest of the trilogy, but when I saw it shortly after the first two ones, I found it to be the most touching and moving of them all. While the Part I was very “straight to the point” and Part II (by the most regarded as the best of them) was the first all over again in a bigger budgeted, enhanced version, the third was a completely new, different and mature story about moral doubt, old age and love - the pure, honest love of a father for his family.
The same happened to me with ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE. I liked it more than the previous film, which I watched just the other night. Although there were apparently still many historical inaccuracies, I find myself more prone to forgive the filmmakers this time around, given the great spectacle they were finally able to put together. The character of the queen was much more interesting and in my opinion much better explored, and the director devised also more cinematographic frames worhty of this name.
Will a third and final film come in another 9 years?