When the third time is the charm, it’s movie magic

In the vast ocean of sequels that have been made, it can be pretty difficult for a movie to measure up to its original. More often than not, the sequel leaves a disappointing aftertaste.

But every once in a while, a true gem emerges in the form of a trilogy that reminds us why we loved the first one. In this case, it is often the third movie that goes above and beyond its predecessor and is even better than the original.

Toy Story 3

When the first “Toy Story” came out in 1995, kids of all ages (including all the grown-ups) loved Woody, Buzz and the rest of Andy’s gang. Four years later, “Toy Story 2” surprised us all when the sequel was just as good, if not better than the first one. Then came the third installment in 2010 and we were never the same.

“Toy Story 3” is the perfect ending to the series that captured our childhood imagination on screen. If you followed Woody and Buzz through the first two movies, then this movie is a roller coaster of emotion and will probably make you feel old.

While this animated movie is considered a kids’ movie, there are some pretty deep ideas in there. Anyone who has ever dealt with change knows how hard it can be to adjust. So when Andy moves to college and the toys are taken to a day care, not everyone is happy about it.

“Toy Story 3” is by far the best movie of the trilogy. The creativity, comedy and all-star voice cast are all taken to a new level and guarantee this movie to be a classic for kids and adults to enjoy for years.

On Ok.com, “Toy Story 3” has a 97 percent worth your time rating and is appropriate for kids 4+.

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

For such an epic trilogy, it’s amazing that “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” can top off the fantastic adventure in such a dynamic way. You don’t have to be a Middle Earth fanatic to appreciate just how great this movie is.

Building on the excitement and emotion of the first two movies in the series, “Return of the King” goes above and beyond anything seen before in the preceding movies. The battles are pretty spectacular and even more impressive when you see the vast sea of extras and jaw-dropping effects, especially for 2003.

Even though the movie is pretty long at 3½ hours, the resolution this movie brings to the story of Frodo and his journey to Mordor is worth every minute.

“Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” has an Ok.com age appropriate rating of 14+ and is 93 percent worth your time.


Whether Daniel Craig is your favorite James Bond or not, this 007 movie is fantastic! Like all Bond films, there is plenty of action and seduction, and even a few instances where Daniel Craig pays homage to the earlier Bond, Sean Connery.

However, there some differences that make the third movie of the Daniel Craig trilogy stand out from the 22 installments of the franchise that came before it.

“Skyfall” is somewhat more psychological and brings a darker villain, and thus, a darker Bond to the movie. It’s easy to let yourself be absorbed into the excitement as we learn more about Bond’s past.

“Skyfall” is definitely heavier than most other 007 movies, but it also shows a different side of James Bond and adds another element of humanity to the character.

“Skyfall” has an Ok.com 95 percent worth your time rating and is appropriate for ages 15+.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The best adventure series ever made has got to be the classic Indiana Jones (minus the most recent Crystal Skull fiasco, of course), and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” is the best of the best.

In the first 15 minutes of the movie, we get quite a few answers to the questions we asked from the beginning. Where did Indie get his hat and his whip, how did he get the scar on his chin, and why in the world is he so afraid of snakes? And at the end of the movie, you finally find out how he got the nickname Indiana.

But that isn’t the only reason why this is the best Indiana Jones movie. Harrison Ford returns and is joined by Sean Connery for an adventure you will never forget.

Filled with excitement, mystery, and plenty of the usual witty dialogue you expect from any Indiana Jones adventure, “The Last Crusade” will take you around the world on one of the greatest adventure you’ll ever experience in the movie.

“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” has an Ok.com 95 percent worth your time rating and is appropriate for ages 12+.

Sarah Bringhurst is recent graduate from Utah Valley University and currently an intern with Ok.com. EMAIL: sarah@ok.com