By Nathan Quick
The cliché generalization “the sequel is never better” has been disproven enough times that it has lost its credibility. The best sequels, however, are often direct follow-ups to the original. There are plenty of Part Twos that hold their own or more against their respective Part Ones – “The Godfather: Part II,” “The Dark Knight,” “For a Few Dollars More,” and “Terminator 2,” just to name a few.
The genuinely good threequel is more elusive. Here is a list of fifteen good – if not always genuinely great – threequels that deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with their predecessors.
Mild spoiler warning: I often hint at the endings of films but rarely give them away entirely.
15. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
“The Dark Knight Rises” is undeniably the messiest episode of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. But following up the genre-transforming “Batman Begins” and the even more genre-transforming “Dark Knight” is no easy task, and so regardless of its flaws, this conclusion to the trilogy can still easily hold its own against most modern superhero movies. Eight years have passed since “The Dark Knight,” and Bruce Wayne has given up the Batman gig.
Like all retirements from crime-fighting, Bruce’s retirement must be interrupted, and the interruption here is the arrival of Bane, a menacing revolutionary who exploits Gotham’s poverty and crime rates to advocate a terroristic societal leveling that involves sentencing the upper class to death.
Sure, “Rises” is bombastic and often poorly paced. Its predecessors had a fine-tuned balance between introspection and spectacle, and in “Rises,” the scales tip toward the latter, propelled in that direction by atomic bombs and exploding football fields.
But the astounding set pieces are interspersed with more contemplative moments, like the scenes where Alfred advises Bruce to continue giving up
From:: Taste Of Cinema