THE DARK KNIGHT RISES TRILOGY:
This is not a bad theme, and I think a lot of the music in the newest installment was very good. However, when you compare it to all of the themes below....this is one of the few categories where I strongly feel that it's not in the same league. Completely fitting for the films it is featured in, but not the kind of tune that really gets you excited the second you hear it. Ask the average film buff and they'd be able to hum any of the others, but this one is kind of forgettable, unless you are in the middle of watching it.
THE TOY STORY TRILOGY
Randy Newman's best and most memorable. Hard to compare to the others because like the film itself, it is completely different than all of its competition. But it's great for what it is and is a huge factor in Toy Story's charm.
LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY
This theme, as well as the general Lord of the Rings theme is both beautiful and memorable. This score, like the remaining three on the list, adds A LOT to the atmosphere of their respective trilogies. The themes are diverse and deep. Also to note, the themes perfectly match the imagery that they go along with. The second you hear any of the themes, you can almost picture the precise moment it went with in the film.
BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY
Another fantastic theme that really amps things up during the film's climax. As I said, music adds a lot and during the finale this theme is invaluable. It makes you really root for the hero and hope that they can accomplish the impossible. The soundtrack is good, and there are definitely other great themes too...but probably not as wide an array as Star Wars, Indiana Jones or Lord of the Rings.
INDIANA JONES TRILOGY:
This truly is one of the great themes in cinema history. It just makes you feel something and somehow it personifies perfectly its hero. It's reckless and exciting, and it makes you feel ready to take on an adventure too...or at least perfectly excited to witness Indy take on the adventure!
STAR WARS TRILOGY:
Yep I put two. I could have put 3, or 4 or 7 themes from the original Star Wars alone. John Williams made some incredible themes here and they absolutely put their mark on not only these films but also the world of pop culture and cinema in general. When you think of Star Wars, you most likely think of one of the many songs that decorate the trilogy. Also, the opening credits have to be probably the coolest and most iconic in all of film.
WINNER: STAR WARS. Indiana's theme second, then Back to the Future, then Lord of the Rings. Lord of the Rings probably over takes Indy's and BTTF's score as a WHOLE, but I like the main themes better in the others.
A fight to the death!! Between the strongest installments and the weakest! The best of the best! And...well the worst of the best/worst!
STRONGEST INSTALLMENTS RANKED:
1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
2. Back to the Future
3. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
4. The Dark Knight
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
6. Toy Story 2
All incredibly strong films and among the greats in cinema history. The Dark Knight is probably one of the best comic book movies ever made, but as I said in my recent Star Wars blog...Empire is one of the best films ever made of any genre. It's a perfect film and it changed so much about the way films are made today. In fact, I think TDK as well as many second installments of any franchise, took quite a bit from it. Its impact will be forever felt because of what it was and what it continues to be: a fantastic film and a perfect sequel. It made the trilogy. Return of the King was an amazing film and very strong too, especially as a member of a trilogy...it was the perfect finale and was recognized as such by everyone and their dog when the awards shows came. Whereas Back to the Future is just a downright great FILM....one of my all time favorites in fact, there is no doubt it is the best in its trilogy...so good that it makes the rest of the trilogy seem completely inferior and that it should almost just be a stand alone. And I know people will disagree on Toy Story 2 being the best, but I don't know that there's a clear winner here and this one actually is my favorite. I guess it shows how similar in quality all the films are that they can all be argued either way.
WEAKEST INSTALLMENTS RANKED (LEAST WEAK LAST):
1. Back to the Future III
2. Toy Story
3. The Dark Knight Rises
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
5. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
6. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
I guess there's no "winners" here, but which is the least weak of these films. I actually think Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is verrrry entertaining, so it's probably between that and the original Star Wars which on rewatch is the slowest paced of the films, but very solid and influential in its own right. Oh then there's Fellowship of the Ring....pretty dang solid and probabbbbbly holds up the best. The Dark Knight Rises wouldn't have fallen into this category had the script in the middle been tighter, including a better setup...had that occurred Batman Begins would have taken this spot, and it would have won I think. It's a very solid film.
No need for me to explain, we'll let the stats speak for themselves...
WINNER: CRITICS - TOY STORY TRILOGY & LORD OF THE RINGS, AUDIENCE - DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY & LORD OF THE RINGS
TOY STORY TRILOGY: Toy Story leaves itself a pretty good legacy too. In fact....it's kind of the Star Wars of CG animated films....for better or for worse. Yeah Disney was up to their no good dollar grabbing sequel ways BEFORE Pixar came along, but Toy Story 2 was the movie that proved that children's franchises could exist and actually be successful. And now look at all the wonderful children franchise we have.... ugh. But seriously Toy Story changed a LOT. It was after all, the first Pixar film and spawned a whole legacy on just that, as well as its own franchise. But it changed children's films altogether (not that I'm sure it was completely for the positive...) Before this everything was hand drawn animation, now we're lucky to get The Princess and the Frog once in a blue moon. So I don't think there's any denying that Toy Story and Toy Story 2 forever changed film in its own right.... but as a trilogy did they make a world of difference? Did Toy Story 3 change the world? Maybe not...but proved that Pixar could make good sequels even if they were forced into making them... oh wait.... Cars 2. Nevermind.
Toy Story, you are responsible for this!
BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY: I prayyyyyyyyy this series never gets remade. The original film is so perfect. A perfect popcorn movie. It's hard to say what exactly is it's legacy other than being a universally well loved film/series of the 1980's. I think it was very influential, but it's a lot harder to pinpoint its exact influence like it is with the other series. It definitely had its own magic though in that first movie...a magic that was even hard for themselves to completely duplicate the next time around. That's why I think a remake would be such a mistake... lightning doesn't strike twice... See what I did there?
INDIANA JONES TRILOGY: This is another harder trilogy to pinpoint exact influence, but probably still a little easier than Back to the Future. Why? Because here you can definitely see the knockoffs trying to duplicate the exact winning formula. But again....they can't quite do it because Nicolas Cage (excuse me while I laugh straight for 5 minutes!) or Brendan Fraser (sorry Sarah) are no Harrison Ford. I think it definitely had an impact on the pure action/adventure genre... but as of late it's kind of a dying genre, and the fourth installment didn't really bring it back. It's a lot easier to adapt some superhero... ANY superhero than to come up with an original hero like Indiana Jones....because after Jones, they all just seem like wannabes anyway. The references to Indy in pop culture are quite numerable.. if you go to HERE and scroll down the 'referenced in' section, it goes on foreeeeeeeeeeever. Same as our next series on the list. Here's one of my favorites:
Alrighty... cue the haters singing "Star Wars that I used to know" and "George ruined everything blah blah blah blah BLAH." Yes I will admit that the legacy of Star Wars to the general public has become very mixed in the last two decades and I get it...I do. But it really doesn't change what he, alone with his own imagination, was able to create on film and the fact that his story changed EVERYTHING. In fact, the mere reality that so many people STILL spend their time complaining about it goes to show something doesn't it? People care about these movies. They made an impact...and I argue that they made THE impact. I don't think any of these other trilogies on this list would even exist if it weren't for the fact that Star Wars came first and paved the way. We know Indiana Jones wouldn't have.. and I'm pretty sure no one would have ever attempted to adapt Lord of the Rings on the grand scale that they did if Star Wars hadn't shown people that a story on such a huge scale could be done. It changed special effects, it changed franchises, it changed trilogies, the entire world of film in general and it created movie fandoms. And its references in pop culture are somehow even more endless. It's always around...it never goes away. It always finds its way to still exist through references by people or media...something comes online on youtube or written in an article...where people keep bring it back and comparing it to anything and everything. I don't care who you are, and what you think of George...but you have to admit, that's huge. The following videos are just uploaded by mere humans, and not even the countless references done by the rest of the entertainment world...and there's plenty there I could upload too.
WINNER WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER: Sorry, like I said...if you knew me, you already knew the second you started reading this blog what my pick was going to be and I admit my bias showed the whole way through. But Star Wars is the winner of my heart...always will be. I think Lord of the Rings takes second place with The Dark Knight in third. But here's what I REALLY think: YOU'RE ALL WINNERS!!!
At about :32 in :)