Ever noticed how several movie franchises have three main movies? That’s a trilogy. And most trilogies are fantastic and revered for their amazing execution. The logic behind producing trilogies is easy: A movie is released, it’s a big hit. Since people are now aware of this movie and how good it is, the studio decides to create a sequel to earn more money. And guess what? The sequel earns a lot of cash which ultimately convinces the studio to finish off with a third movie, after which people get tired of the franchise. Sometimes, a fourth movie is released, but it’s hardly ever as good as the first three.
Also, there is a particular pattern I’ve noticed in trilogies: The first movie is good, and the sequel is better (Most of the time. Exceptions include Iron Man 2 and Matrix Reloaded). Also the sequel is sometimes a cliffhanger which makes the audience more eager to watch the third movie. Lastly, the third movie is never as great as the second, but it’s noteworthy nonetheless. You will notice this in the top 5 trilogies that I shall mention below.
5. Toy Story
Pixar rose to it’s peak with the Toy Story movies. A fresh concept at the time, Toy Story captured the attention of many viewers and introduced them to the CGI world. With memorable characters like Woody and Buzz, this movie is never forgotten and never becomes boring to watch. It is also interesting to note that the first two Toy Story movies have received a 100% rating on the movie critic site, Rotten Tomatoes, while Toy Story 3 has received a 99%. Both these scores are amazing and not a lot of movies have touched them. Compared to all other trilogies that I will be mentioning below, Toy Story possesses the highest ratings. Despite this, it is last on my list because at the end of the day, it’s an animated movie which means that there were no live actors involved. It is in the acting that the ratings are sometimes dropped. Also, this is a personal opinion.
4. The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan gained my respect with the Dark Knight Trilogy more than any other film. I was a Batman fan since I was a child, and the Dark Knight movies reminded me why. Sure, a few things were different from the comics; Ras al Ghul didn’t train Bruce, Bane was not affiliated with the League of Shadows and Dick Grayson was supposed to be the Robin. Despite this, the movies were amazing. The soundtrack, composed by Hans Zimmer, is another reason why this movie is held in such high regard by me.
3. Back To The Future
He was never in time for his classes; he was never in time for his dinner; Then one day, he wasn’t in his time at all
When this baby hits 88 miles per hour…
The BTTF trilogy was a thrilling ride. A fresh concept of time travel, that laid down the foundations for other movies related to travelling back and forth through time. Doc and Marty will always be remembered as the guys who traversed time… and with style too. The name itself is quite intriguing. You’d expect it to be something like “Back in Time” or “Back to the past”. But when you hear “Back To The Future”, you’re confused (unless you’ve seen the movie of course). As I said, a fresh concept for it’s time and a memorable experience.
2. Star Wars (The Original Trilogy)
We were all Padawans when we watched Star Wars. And look at us now, Jedi Masters, yet still practicing the basics by watching the original trilogy. Yes, it had weak effects and what not, but that’s not what matters. I’m glad I watched the original trilogy before the new one. No doubt that the new trilogy is good too, but the old one laid down the foundations for the Star Wars universe. Where the new trilogy mainly focuses on Jedi’s, the original one focused on everything in general. Depending on what you prefer, you may or may not like the old trilogy. But whatever your opinion may be, there is hardly any doubt when I say that the Star Wars trilogy is one of the best and most influential movie trilogies of all time.
1. Lord of the Rings
An amazing book series, and a spectacular movie trilogy too. Lord of the Rings was nominated, and even won, many Oscars and Golden Globe awards. That is no small feat. And this was well deserved. Yes, the credit for the story goes to JRR Tolkien, but Peter Jackson is to be praised for his hard work as the director. I’ve watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy at least twenty times, yet I’m still willing to watch it any time. It’s simply that good. One does not simply feel bored during the LOTR trilogy. There’s so much to admire and understand in the film. It’s rich in story, costumes, settings, dialogues… you name it! Therefore, in my opinion, the LOTR trilogy is the best movie trilogy of all time. What do you think?