I'm always highly suspicious when a sequel is produced and usually the more I like the original movie, the less I want to see a sequel! I worry that if it's not as good, it will tarnish the magic of the first movie for me.
VerityG, the 2nd film builds well on the first and I thought a wonderful mix of fun and compassion. I laughed and I cried. I should mention that I am heading for retirement age myself and can relate well to the characters. This is a movie would be happy to watch several times over.