By: James Smith
At midnight on Friday, The Dark Knight Rises turns the summer box office into its personal playground. Given how hotly anticipated Chris Nolan’s conclusion to his Bat-saga has been, we got to thinking about the difficult task of concluding movie trilogies. As it turns out, not many have done it well. Here, our list of some of the best trilogy conclusions in the movies:
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade -- We still think of the Indy movies as a trilogy in spirit, even if in fact George Lucas and Steven Spielberg decided to serve up a fourth installment -- one far removed from the original movie -- back in 2008. As fantastic as Raiders of the Lost Ark may be, it was The Last Crusade, coming on the heels on the weird darkness and bad acting in Temple of Doom, that solidified Indiana Jones as a cultural icon. Crusade is really the best of the three movies, with a significant father-son story to go along with the usual Indiana escapades...and Sean Connery.
Star Wars -- We’re double-counting this one because there are two Star Wars trilogies, both with their own unique cases regarding the final movie. In the original trilogy, The Return of the Jedi isn’t as good as the two movies that precede it, but it benefits by association -- and, to be fair, it’s asking a lot of any filmmaker to follow up Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Revenge of the Sith is probably about as good, but it was asked to follow up two far inferior films. Regardless, at least we know that George Lucas can finish a trilogy.