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Best Threequel

embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
Henry IV, Part II. which was definitely greater than either Richard II or Henry IV, Part I, largely due to Falstaff.

Of course, it is then eclipsed by Henry V, which has more quotability, a tighter plot, and richer character development, Henry V is definitely the high point in the tetralogy.
 

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embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
Wasn't IV the one where they went back in time to collect a whale? Personally I thought that was the weakest of the old movies.
Definitely agree. It is a fun romp but is highly dated and didn't age well. It only has value at this point as a historical document.
 



Ryujin

Hero
Definitely agree. It is a fun romp but is highly dated and didn't age well. It only has value at this point as a historical document.
I don't know about that. If you have historical context, then I think that it still stands up. If you don't and were born after The Wall came down, then the Soviet based jokes are probably going to fall flat. Other than that I think it's the most fun of the early Trek movies. What it lacks in action when compared to "Wrath of Khan" is more than made up for by the comedy. I'd put it solidly head and shoulders above the Kelvin Universe movies.
 


Bawylie

A very OK person
People often discuss the best sequels to movies. Terminator 2, Empire, Aliens, etc.

Less frequently they talk about the best threequels. Which movies have had a strong third instalment?

(For shared universes, count the individuals — eg Iron Man 1, 2, 3)

I’m thinking —

Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade
Return of the Jedi
Thor: Ragnarok
I agree with all of these. I would add that Spider-Man 2 - Far From Home is the best of the three Spider-Man 2s.
 

embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
I don't know about that. If you have historical context, then I think that it still stands up. If you don't and were born after The Wall came down, then the Soviet based jokes are probably going to fall flat. Other than that I think it's the most fun of the early Trek movies. What it lacks in action when compared to "Wrath of Khan" is more than made up for by the comedy. I'd put it solidly head and shoulders above the Kelvin Universe movies.
The Kelvin Universe is objectively bad. Not even remarkably terrible. Just generically and lazily bad.

ST2K9 is an okay popcorn movie with plenty of judo chop! but aside from Simon Pegg and Karl Urban actually having fun as Scotty and Bones respectively, the movie is utterly forgettable. STID is just bog-standard JJ Abrams fan service with plot holes so large that Kirk has to be magicked back to life. STB was an improvement over that, largely because it was neither directed by JJ nor written by the writing duo behind Transformers.

Better than Kelvin is faint praise.
 


Ryujin

Hero
The Kelvin Universe is objectively bad. Not even remarkably terrible. Just generically and lazily bad.

ST2K9 is an okay popcorn movie with plenty of judo chop! but aside from Simon Pegg and Karl Urban actually having fun as Scotty and Bones respectively, the movie is utterly forgettable. STID is just bog-standard JJ Abrams fan service with plot holes so large that Kirk has to be magicked back to life. STB was an improvement over that, largely because it was neither directed by JJ nor written by the writing duo behind Transformers.

Better than Kelvin is faint praise.
True; it's not exactly an endorsement. I do, however, tend to think that the Kelvin Universe movies got worse as they went along. They were generic SciFi actioners that could have been set in any property. It's a pity, too, because I think that all of the roles were excellently cast and they wasted that.
 

embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
The fact that there's a trilogy of reboot sequels within the span of 15 years is objectively hilarious.
Or an indictment of the commoditization of art to a point that drek is churned out as part of a rights-management strategy.
 



TwoSix

Unserious gamer
I agree with all of these. I would add that Spider-Man 2 - Far From Home is the best of the three Spider-Man 2s.
Wait a minute...I made a funny comment about this, but totally glossed over that you think Far From Home is better than Tobey Maguire Spider-Man 2! That's a hot take.
 





There are a lot of longer running series that really start to hit their stride with #3. Friday the 13th Part III is the first one where Jason wears the hockey mask and really establishes the version of Jason that is used in future movies. Likewise, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is the one that really codifies Freddy, and sets the tone for the dream sequences and dialogue the series is now known for. And the most interesting one: King Kong vs Godzilla was technically both the third Godzilla and third King Kong movie. Maybe not my favorite, but a solid entry in both series that was instrumental in defining the legacy of both franchises.

Evil Dead 3 is Army of Darkness, which is an amazing movie. Hard to compare it to Evil Dead 1 though, as they're not even in the same genre (ED 2 is kind of a "crossover").

I really liked Die Hard 3 (With a Vengence). Definitely better than 2. Not sure if it's better than 1, though.

If you don't count "Magical Mystery Tour" since it was released for TV, then "Yellow Submarine" was the third Beatles movie. It's my favorite of their films.
 

I love all three, but to me Fellowship of the Ring is the one that knocked it out of the park. The others are good, maybe even great, just not amazing.

Not to me. It's still good, but there was a subtlety to the storytelling in Fellowship of the Ring that was progressively lost over the two subsequent movies, ending with Sauron as a literal guard-tower searchlight in RotK.
 

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