Having now seen all the films in the original Alien trilogy, I can say with utmost certainty number 2, Aliens, is my favorite. Fifty-seven years after the original Alien movie, Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, awakens to find the world hasn't changed all that much in a half century. The technology is pretty much the same, except for the cool new guns, and her expired "pilot" license still enables her to "drive" a sweet robot looking thing. Hello foreshadowing! No spoilers.
The action scenes and standoff with the aliens blew my socks off! Not literally. But, for a movie made in 1986, the graphics sped light years ahead of its predecessor. The aliens - more than one this time - made for some scary fight sequences. And mama alien, WHOA! Do not mess with the mama.
Carrie Henn in her one and only acting role). Oh Newt. Putting aside the fact that I have no idea how this kid survived, I really took a shine to her. The connection between Newt and Ripley also felt genuine and not at all forced. Ripley's maternal and protective instincts bared some major claws and the showdown at the end...well, let me not spoil it for you, but to say, IT ROCKED!
What do you think of this sequel? Better or worse than the first?
ETA: As one of my faithful readers pointed out, I was incorrect in my assertion that critics reviewed Alien 3 as the best. Number 2 is in fact rated the most favorably. So, I've changed the beginning of the post accordingly. Thanks, PT!