Ah the third film. Third films are usually unlucky, as the first film is the one that paves the way and the second one is the one that comes along and picks things up even more. And the third film in many instances is left in the dust.
Or at least that seems to be the conception. I am going to attempt to re address that misconception in this article a little. To prove that their are some great third films out there and there are some that are better than the previous one.
Again this article is based entirely around my opinion. Which you may disagree or agree with. Comment below after you have read the article to tell me your opinion, on what you may agree or disagree with.
Transformers Dark Of The Moon.
For anyone who may know me or has heard me talking about Michael Bay's Transformers films. Knows that I am not exactly the biggest fan of the series, to say the least. The first film in the series is...the most bearable. Revenge of The Fallen is probably now used instead of water boarding people as a torture technique. And Dark of The Moon? Is not on that level. It is still a bad film, but it is not really that painful to watch, it is just mind numbing, it doesn't hurt quite as much when you watch. It seemed that Bay took some of the criticisms into account regarding ROTF, as much as he is capable of doing that.
Time will tell if Age of Extinction which will be hitting this year (the 30th anniversary of my beloved franchise) at the time of this typing will be better maybe even more bearable that DOTM. That is what I have lowered my expectations to regarding this series. Not "Will it be better than the last one?". But will it be more bearable?
Star Wars Episode Three Revenge Of The Sith.
What can I say that hasn't being said about the prequel trilogy? Again Revenge of The Sith is similar to the above example. In that it is only the best out of the three because it is not as awful as the others. It is not actually a good film in it's own right. Just not quite as dreadful as all.
Star Wars Episode Six Return of The Jedi
This is essentially the polar opposite of the above examples. This is where I start talking about the good third films. I like Return of The Jedi more than A New Hope. It is probably about even with Empire for me. But I like it a fair bit more than A New Hope.
Primarily because A New Hope is the start of the story. It runs alot more like a cliche fantasy story, which is fine. But both Empire and Jedi progress that story, they keep it going. Make it turn in more interesting directions. The final battle on the half built Death Star. Just spectacular. And is one of my top five moments in the Star Wars Original trilogy (possible list idea there?).
But the Original Trilogy is one of the best examples of why trilogies work.
Day Of The Dead
Ah the Dead series. Overall a wonderful series. Again Day of The Dead is a good example of how you can progress and add to the story, bring in new and different ideas. I think this installment is either a case of you either love it or you hate it. I myself found it very good (very good? come on I can do better than that!). But the case of the character Bub and the concept of zombies being living creatures that can learn. Was something I am glad Romero explored. This concept saved the third film from being generic. And Id have to say this is my second favorite after Dawn with the original coming in at a third.
It is probably the concept of Bub that has divided opinions on this film. I am in the corner that waves the flag for this one.
Army of Darkness
Id have to say that Army of Darkness is my second favorite out of the series, after Evil Dead 2. I thoroughly enjoy ED 2 and how this one follows on from it. This might well be another example of people being divided on it. Some not liking the now more comedic tone. Me personally? I am all for it. I wish that this series could have gone one. But then maybe it was wise to not let it go on and on. As it may have got stale.
This is a film I recommend to anyone to give it a go. Bruce Campbell is fantastic in it. And it was a treat to see Ash go on a completely different adventure.
Well I think I am going to wrap this list up here. I am sure I could fish around for more examples. But I'll keep this one a little shorter than the usual waffle. I am just going to link this article here http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3276019/5-horror-franchises-with-killer-3rd-installments/
As it spurred my inspiration to right my own similar list. Whilst I don't agree with alot of it. They were right on the money with Dream Warriors, that was one of the reasons why I didn't list it.
Thanks for reading. Do you have any more examples of third films that are not just good but are fantastic? Comment and tell me. :)