Since the invention of the rules of storytelling, the established formula for a satisfying tale is the three-act structure: beginning, middle and end. It’s no surprise then that the template for a complete series of movies is that of the three-parter.
It’s been done time and time again yet usually due to studio’s milking successful properties, running out of fresh ideas or just unnecessary sequelization of a distinct idea, the films tend to run out of steam and decline by when the third part comes about.
It’s happened to cult classics like the Mad Max series, or even iconic Oscar winners like the Godfather movies. So when that trilogy escalates in quality with every movie, it’s a rare occasion. Let’s examine those times where the original movie was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of quality.
10. The Hobbit Trilogy
Much like the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Peter Jackson’s return to his iconic franchise was marred in controversy and disappointment, yet unlike its sci-fi equivalent, the Hobbit series just sort’ve became forgotten quickly instead of a permanent black spot for the director.
There was many a problem in conception; milking a 200-page story into a epic trilogy was misguided and stunk of studio greed. Secondly, Jackson was thrown headlong into a hectic shooting schedule after filling the vacated director’s chair at the last minute – it was a miserable experience for him, too.
“An Unexpected Journey” (2012) is definitely the weakest as it drags basically the opening moments of the book for what feel like forever, as well as inserting references to its more later trilogy, even when it doesn’t fit. The cast is strong and well chosen, but overall it’s a movie that drags and was a damp squib for what was a highly anticipated → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema