How Come Most Third Movie Installments Fail to Live Up to Their Predecessors?

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A lot of movie franchises get third installments that fail to impress.

So, the question I ask today is: Home come most third movie installments fail to live up to their predecessors?

Throughout the 2010’s there were a lot of movie franchise that were able to get a third movie installment. More often than not, when a third movie gets the green light it’s because the second movie was received by audiences just as well, if not better, than the first. But sometimes when a third installment gets released, it is nowhere near the quality of the first two movies, leaving the audience to wonder just what went wrong.

Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) is the worst of the trilogy, and it’s a shame because the first two movies are really fun. Even with every single character coming back, it was still nowhere near as good as the first two films. I often go back and forth on which movie I like better. Pitch Perfect (2012) has better songs but Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) has Hailee Steinfeld.

Somehow, this should be a no-brainer.

A big reason why second installments can sometimes be better than the first is usually due to being able to re-tell the same story, but in a much bigger way. This is what happened with Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). The first movie had the girls competing in an acapella competition on a nation wide scale, the second movie had them competing on a worldwide scale. The two movies were able to tell the exact same story with a majority of the same types of things happening, yet somehow the second turned out to be slightly better than the first. The third movie doesn’t have them competing at all, they are simply singing in a USO show. I guess it kind of makes me think that it’s difficult to come up with a way in which the same story can be told a third time.

So what about you, screenagers? Home come most third movie installments fail to live up to their predecessors?

I’ll see you in the trenches.