I saw this topic earlier at io9.com. What are the best and worst threequels. A “threequel” is the third movie in a series. With The Dark Knight Rises looming on the horizon, I've been thinking about how important the 3rd movie in a series is.
The following are not the necessarily the best or worst of the series, but they are either good or poor quality movies that are 3rd in a series.
Here are my thoughts:
Return of the Jedi
-My favorite movie
Revenge of the Sith
-Best of the Prequels
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
-There's a reason this has the record for most Oscar nomination wins in a clean sweep
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors
-I liked that the dreamers get to fight back
-it might be the most iconic Bond movie
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
-best of the series
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
-this holds up a lot better than part 4
Toy Story 3
-the last 15 minutes are emotionally devastating
X-Men: The Last Stand
-I'm in the minority here, but this is my favorite X-Men movie
Back to the Future part III
-different than the other 2, but exciting and closes the loop
Mission: Impossible III
-marked improvement from part 2
Army of Darkness
-I have never seen a movie like it
-a great development in the Rocky character
The Exorcist III
-smart and slick, it has the scariest scene I've ever seen in a movie
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
-This was on the fence, because Shia LeBeouf's parts are terrible. But the Optimus Prime parts are awesome!
The Matrix Revolutions
-just because the movie uses big words, it doesn't mean it's deep
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
-Dead Man's Chest was the Empire Strikes Back of the series. This one is no Return of the Jedi
-a convoluted mess
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
-I don't understand why critics loved it. But it was the lowest grossing Potter movie. The directing was amateur hour.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Jurassic Park 3
-used up all the good ideas in Scream 2
-The Superman/Kent fight is funky. Everything else sucks.
-this was the gateway drug that led to LSD trip known as Batman and Robin
-It's a fish in a tank. Drain the tank!
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
-Audience enters – intelligence leaves
Austin Powers in: Goldmember
-all of the magic was used up.
The Karate Kid pt 3
-I liked the 2nd, and the 3rd felt like a retread of 1
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
-my brother-in-law loves this, but a Michael Meyers-free Halloween just doesn't work.
What are your thoughts?