Western Herald – Column: Part two of the tri-tastic movie trilogy review

Column: Part two of the tri-tastic movie trilogy review


John Campbell
A&E Writer
This trilogy of articles is a retrospective on some of the greatest movie trilogies of all time. Grab your popcorn, sit back, and let’s look at some of these great cinema triple features. You could sit back and watch a movie but if you need more time, why not pop in three? Here’s part two of three for your reading and watching pleasure.


4. “The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” – “Shaun of the Dead” (2004), “Hot Fuzz” (2007), “The World’s End” (2013)

Why it’s great – While not a trilogy in the traditional sense, there are a lot of things intertwined in the three films. Each film features a bit where the characters try to take a shortcut by jumping over fences, and each time with different results. Each film is related to a different flavor of Cornetto desert. “Shaun of the Dead” uses the strawberry flavored Cornetto, based on the red of the blood. “Hot Fuzz” is based on the original flavor which is branded blue, which goes well with the police theme. “The World’s End” uses the mint flavored Cornetto which is green and goes well with the overall sci-fi vibe of the film. Also, the final two films have their own connection with actors who have played James Bond (Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan) in an antagonist role.

Weakest film – “The World’s End.” It may be that it’s the newest of the three and  I haven’t seen it enough to catch every little detail of the film, but the film feels a bit overcomplicated. This may just be another case of the first two films being so amazing that the third film, though still great, just seems a bit underwhelming.

Strongest film – “Hot Fuzz.” The film has a lot of action in the second half and a lot of humor spread throughout. The trilogy could be one of those where the first one you watch is your favorite, and the first one I watched was “Hot Fuzz.” Simon Skinner (Timothy Dalton) is excellent in the story, creating a sense of mystery. Also, the quick cameo of Peter Jackson as a thief dressed as Santa Clause is brilliant.


Best quote(s) – “What’s the matter, David (Danny)?  Never taken a shortcut before?” – Shaun and Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) – “Shaun of the Dead”/”Hot Fuzz”


5. “Indiana Jones” – “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989)


Why it’s great - Who doesn’t like a good treasure hunt or adventure? Harrison Ford truly brought the character of Indiana Jones to life through three movies. The search for legendary artifacts tends to give Indy a great deal of adventure, as he has to go through natives, Nazis and more to find the treasures (we’re going to ignore “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and its aliens).

Weakest film – “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” As much as I love Sean Connery, his presence as Dr. Henry Jones Sr. does not entirely save the third film. The third film does have a lot of redeeming qualities, as Connery does add a good bit of comedy.

Strongest film – “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The film started it all. The boulder chase scene has become iconic, but the real show stealer was an improvised scene by Harrison Ford. When Indy runs into some bad people, one of them shows of his skills with a scimitar, Indy just pulls out his gun and shoots him.

Best quote – “Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?” – Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) – “Raiders of the Lost Ark”


6. “Pirates of the Caribbean” – “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003), “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006), “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007)

Why it’s great -  With the casting,  Johnny Depp is extraordinarily convincing in the role of Captain Jack Sparrow and the character development and relationship between Sparrow and Orlando Bloom’s character William Turner is excellent. The music by Klaus Badelt adds to the epic feel of the trilogy.

Weakest film – “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” The film gets way too confusing for its own good. The first two had some great twists and turns, but the third had way too many, resulting in an ending that didn’t satisfy as much as the other two.

Strongest film – “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” The film was intended to be a stand-alone film, and it would have worked well that way. The two sequels were still great, but the pure joy and excitement from the original adventure cannot be matched.

Best quote – “You will always remember this as the day that you almost captured Captain Jack Sparrow!” – Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) – “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”




Keep reading for the next and final installment to be posted on Dec. 16!

Which trilogy do you think will take the top spot? Let us know what you think!


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Jax Anger is the Editor in Chief of the Western Herald. She is majoring in Global and International Studies specifying in History and Economics and minoring in French. She has an associate degree from Ferris State University in Legal Studies. Jax has worked for a collegiate newspaper throughout her university experience. She was previously the Opinions section Editor at the Ferris State Torch at Ferris State University and the Newsletter and Opinions Editor at the Western Herald at Western Michigan University.

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