Can’t disagree with many of the choices, particularly the #1 poster!
And from HitFix, the 10 Best Movie Trilogies of all time:
Unlike the previous list, I can only agree with a handful of the choices -those I’ve seen- and disagree (sometimes strongly) with some of the other choices.
I would say that of the best trilogies they present, I’d put the Dollars trilogy at the very top of the list. Each film in that fabulous Sergio Leone directed, Clint Eastwood starring series was better than the one before it, culminating in the incredible The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Now, there were further western films directed by Sergio Leone, including the very well regarded Once Upon a Time in the West which many feel is the best of his westerns. I like the film a lot, but still consider TGTBATU the best.
The Bourne trilogy I would also put on this list, though unlike the Dollars series I didn’t feel the films necessarily got better as they went along. Rather, they maintained a very high level and were very entertaining throughout.
The Dark Knight Trilogy, similarly, worked very well from film to film. Even the much derided final of the three films, in my opinion, delivered.
The Star Wars Trilogy. We’re talking about the original three Star Wars films here. I’ve noted before I’m not a big fan of the trilogy but can certainly understand if you liked the first one, you liked all three, including the weakest of the bunch, Return of the Jedi.
To me, these trilogies featured at least two really good, even exceptional films in their group but one was a misfire:
The Mad Max Trilogy. I loved, loved, loved The Road Warrior. I liked the first film, Mad Max but felt the low budget hampered it along with the general downbeat nature of the story. Yet that first film was still very good. The final film in the original trilogy, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, was to me a misfire. They took what made the first two film so good (the insane car chases) and for the most part eliminated them. A big mistake.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, like the Mad Max Trilogy, to me started with two damn good films but totally fizzled for the finale. Understand: I’m a big fan of those first two movies but the third one broke me, especially with its superprolonged “conclusion”. It broke me so bad I’ve had no interest at all in seeing The Hobbit.
The Godfather Trilogy. Again, first two films were incredible. Third simply wasn’t.
The Matrix Trilogy: The first film was mind-blowing stuff. The other two were confusing and anti-climactic. There were some great scenes here and there in those last two films, but it felt like I was watching a rushed, half-thought out story.
As of yet unseen…
I cannot offer opinions about the remaining trilogies as I haven’t seen them through (if at all). Toy Story is the trilogy I came closest to seeing all the way through, having seen the first two movies but having my fill and deciding not to check out the third. The first two films were delightful, though. It’s just that there are so many hours in the day and spending them with the Toy Story cast once again doesn’t interest me.