It’s true when they say that the Third Act can make or break your screenplay. It’s when all or most plot threads should be tied up together to give the film a cohesive and somewhat-satisfactory ending. These movies understood this exceptionally well and tied up all the loose ends by the third act. So, consequently, these bad or mediocre movies were saved by their third act.
Godzilla gave us the King of Monsters at the Very End
People were kind of disappointed when they came to see the mighty Godzilla on the big screens but instead received a plot centered around humans for almost 2/3rds of the movie. In the first two acts, Godzilla is rarely seen. It isn’t until the end that we see Godzilla engaging in an extended fight sequence, battling it out till the point of exhaustion. The third act saved this boringly monotonous movie.
The Last Jedi’s Final Fight and Goodbye
The Last Jedi wasn’t well-received by the fans of the Star Wars franchise, who already thought the sequels were unnecessary. This film focused on the powers of a character they didn’t care about, Rey Skywalker. But, what kept the viewers interested was seeing their favorite Skywalker, Luke, back. The first two acts were filled with plotholes, but the third act brought everything together quite well during the Battle of Crait. We saw Luke reunited with his sister, and fans think his send-off gave the character a good arc.
Mother!’s Chaotic Third-Act
With its first two acts, Darren Aronofsky’s Mother feels directionless and emotionally draining. But, the third act brought like the hell down with the premise getting as chaotic as a story about a man and woman living isolated can get. From thousands of people ambushing their homes, SWAT teams brutally dying, a mob killing a newborn, it’s like you blink during the end of the second act, and you won’t even believe it’s the same film.
Serenity Found A Voice for Itself
The first two acts of Serenity, a spin-off movie based on the groundbreaking sci-fi show, Firefly, felt like an hour-long episode of the show, instead of a full-length film. But everything changed in the third act when they decide to give meaning to this attempt at a movie. After that, Serenity took things in a grander scope as the crew made the proactive choice to tell the ‘Verse about the origins of the Reapers.
Captain America: Civil-War’s Emotional Third Act
Civil War was applauded for its visuals and its story, but something was still missing from it. An average first two acts came around full-circle only during the third act. The revelations of the third act showed us the most emotional fight of the MCU between Iron Man, Captain America, and Bucky Barnes. Moreover, it also introduced Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the Avengers’ world. This all solidified Civil War as one of the franchise’s best.
The Cabin in the Woods, Just Another Parody
The majority of the film felt like a parody of the slasher genre with average and sometimes above-average plotlines. It follows a group of teenagers getting murdered by monsters and the shady government organization overseeing their murders. But in the third act, things go out of rails with the teens breaking out and taking the fight to the organization itself. They made the end of the world look righteous. Many argue this moment solidified the film’s impact on pop culture.
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