Monday, 21 May 2007

Awesome Threesomes, OK Thirds and The Should-Have-Stopped-At-Twos

2007 is the year of threesomes.

No, not THAT kind of threesomes (tsk tsk... you pervs!), I’m talking about movie threesomes, or rather, trilogies. But do good things really come in threes?

So far, the two recently released "sequels to sequels" have not been very encouraging. Spider-man 3 was too damn long, and too emo for my liking. Shrek 3 DID manage to draw a few chuckles every now and then, it just did not measure up to the rip-roaring laugh-a-minute original.

Next up, we’ll have Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (which judging from the final theatrical trailer looks like it's gonna kick ass), The Bourne Ultimatum (Jason Bourne is the new James Bond, until the new James Bond became the new James Bond) and Ocean's 13 (which is always fun to watch).

Then there’s the FIFTH Harry Potter movie, but that’s a whole new monster altogether.

Ok, the third movies in a trilogy generally do reap in the rewards at the box office (Return of the King is the second highest earner of all time, Spider-man 3 was the top-highest debut of all time), and generally is the climax to a trilogy (well, duh).

So, that got me thinking. What other good third movies are there? And I came up with this list...


THIRD TIME GREAT



Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King – THIS IS KING, no doubts about that. Too long, too many endings, too confusing? Who cares? This was the climax of the greatest trilogy ever made, and it managed to keep both book and movie lovers happy. No mean feat, that.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – No, it’s not the ‘sixth film', but the third film in the ORIGINAL (and still the best) Star Wars trilogy. The Ewoks may have tarnished the trilogy a little, but the final tri-battle sequence is still the best in the ENTIRE series.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – Two words: Sean Connery. And the girl is not as whiny as the one in Temple of Doom.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban – It may have grossed the lowest among the four and soon to be five movies, but in terms of vision, story and atmosphere, it’s the darkest, and best-executed. My favorite of the Potter movies.


OK, BUT COULD'VE BEEN BETTER



Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – The third and final instalment in the ‘prequel trilogy’, this one was a lot better than the insipid Attack of the Clones, but still paled in comparison with the originals.

Back to the Future III – By the time they got back to the present day in the 80's (which is the past for us, but the present for the movie, but yet still the future for some of the characters but now you watch it somehow their future also seems to be our past as well which is nothing like our present and yet still a long way from our future. WHEW!). The Western angle to the film was cheesy, though the Delorean still looks cool even today (which is the movie's future, which is... oh never mind.)

X3: The Last Stand – the movie was doomed the minute Bryan Singer decided to leave it in the hands of Brett Ratner, who pulled down an otherwise great superhero franchise to being merely a good one.

Spider-man 3 - Could've been so much better if only it was shorter, less emo, less goofing around and had more fighting. The second is still the best, and Doc Ock is still the greatest villain in the franchise.

Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines - The only good part about this was the awesome and brutal car chase, and seeing the T-X naked. Other than that, it was a complete rehash of the first. Interesting setup though...


SHOULD'VE STOPPED AT TWO



The Matrix Revolutions – In this case, the Wachowskis should have stopped at ONE. From incredibly brilliant first movie to incredibly stupid third movie. The movie that proves that a bigger budget and better special effects can’t compensate for a lousy story.

Jurassic Park 3 – By all accounts better than the second, but still, even that one was one dinosaur movie too far.

Batman Forever - Oh dear, oh dear... But at least Val Kilmer did slightly better than George "Plastic Nipples' Clooney...

Shrek 3 - Tired and old characters, cliched jokes and uninspiring plot. Stop flogging the dead donkey already.

Aliens 3 - Another oh dear oh dear. So bad that if the first two were not so awesomely brilliant, we'd have to brainwash ourselves just to forget that there was an Aliens franchise. And they had to make the whole thing WORSE by making Alien Resurrection! GAH!



Will add more when I think of more. In the meantime, you reckon there're anymore I should include into the list?

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