It was recently announced that Bill and Ted could be getting the trilogy treatment. I, for one, find this most excellent. Sure, Bogus Journey wasn’t the greatest sequel, but Death was a riot. It should be interesting to see how far along Wyld Stallyns have come since their humble garage days. Besides, I’m positive that Alex Winter could use the dough. There’s also talks of a third Ghostbusters; and, Batman 3 and Iron Man 3 will be here before you know it.
With all that in mind, here are the nine worst last installments of a trilogy, which means no Batman and Robin, like Superman 3. Hopefully, Bill and Ted will learn what not to do from these trilogies.
9. Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
On one hand, I think that it made sense to wrap up the Crocodile Dundee series. On the other hand, I wish that he remained in 1988. The overall plot was yet another excuse to exploit the Aussie out of his element in America. Instead of New York, they relocated to L.A., where Mick goes undercover in a film studio to find out the mysterious death of a newspaper reporter. Of course, Mick saves the day by using his Outback survival skills, like he did in the first two films.
8. Friday After Next
Friday was hysterical. Personally, it was Chris Tucker that was the main reason. Next Friday was watchable, but Mike Epps’ Day Day, although I like him, could never replace Smokey. By the time Friday After Next came around, the jokes and hi-jinks were just redundant.
7. D3: The Mighty Ducks
The Mighty Ducks inspired a real life NHL team, and as a kid the film was pretty enjoyable, admit it. While the sequel lost a little bit of that magic that the first one did, it still had it’s moments, like the face-off with the “street” hockey team in LA. D3, however, was just another excuse from Hollywood to cash in on a sequel that had long worn out it’s welcome. Seriously, they’re in a prep school? Who cares.
6. Rush Hour 3
The first two Rush Hours were able to perfectly blend humor and action. The chemistry between Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker were great. The third though, it was old, tired and uninspired. We get it. There’s a language and culture barrier. I’m pretty sure that Chan really didn’t want to do it, but Tucker needed the dough. It was also basically a reason to go to France. Three years ago there was a talk of a fourth film, let’s hope it stays that way.
5. Jurassic Park 3
Jurassic Park was phenomenal, it paved the way for future films that used computer-generated imagery. The Lost World: Jurassic Park certainly didn’t live up to it’s predecessor, but Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm is always good for a laugh, and we kinda liked seeing a T. Rex cause chaos in San Diego. For the third film, they brought back Sam Neil’s curmudgeon, paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant, just to be a guide for wealthy thrill seekers. Unbeknown to Grant, they take him back to Jurassic Park to find their son. The rest of the movie is just a chase between dinosaurs and people that we could care less about. A fourth sequel had been talked about for years, now it looks like that it will serve as the first film in a new trilogy.
4. Spider-Man 3
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise could have been one of the greatest comic book movie trilogies, but to no avail. Studio interferences corrupted the script, by adding way too many plots, like the Sandman being the one who killed Uncle Ben. Topher Grace as Venom was one of the worst casting decisions, although I always hated Kirsten Dunst as MJ. Actually, they missed the mark on the entire Venom storyline. Let’s face it, the film was pretty much garbage. Spider-Man 3 was so bad that the planned sequels were scrapped. The franchise will now start from scratch.
3. Major League 3: Back to the Minors
Major League is probably my favorite baseball movie. The sequel lost Wesley Snipes, and didn’t have the overall charm of the original, but it still had it’s moments, like Coach Brown having a heartache. For some unknown reason, they made a third, where it focuses on Scott Backula as an aging pitcher in the minors who wants to make the team a “real” team. How does he accomplish this? By bringing in secondary characters from the first to films to assist. Word is that a fourth Major League is in the works, but will include most of the original cast.
2. X-Men: The Last Stand
X2 was one of the few sequels that was better than the original. The way it ended made fans foam at the mouth for the third sequel. Then, Brian Singer left, and directing duties went to Brett Ratner. From there, X3 just went downhill. Everything Singer built up was demolished in a single swoop in this huge, steaming pile of feces.
1. The Godfather: Part 3
Let’s be fair here, this was probably never going to be better than The Godfather: Part 2, perhaps the greatest sequel ever. While some of us were curious to see what happens to Michael Corleone, the huge gap between films just helped to keep him, and the family, in an unforgettable time-capsule. Coppola should have just left the franchise back in the 70′s, and not cast his daughter Sofia. No matter how good Godfather 3 was, or could have been, it would never be as great as 1 and 2, so why bother?
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