What is with all these movies being split into parts? Two-part – sometimes three-part – films are becoming the norm ever since Harry Potter ended with a duo of Deathly Hallows’ way back in 2011. (Scroll to the bottom of this article to see a list of past and future multi-parters since Potter.)
It makes you wonder what other movies would have been or should have been split into parts…
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Part 1: Fighting, Part 2: Hugging
The final Lord of the Rings installment can be quite cleanly split into two already. The first chunk would be devoted to the huge battle, while the second seemingly never-ending installment is full of hairy-footed Hobbits laughing and hugging in slow motion.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Part 1: The Good, Part 2: The Bad, Part 3: The Ugly
This one speaks for itself. Nowadays the movie would be made into a trilogy, one movie for each character, with the final Installment including a huge battle with robots to ensure audience retention.
Part 1: Once Upon A Time In Nazi Occupied France…, Part 2: The Rest
The Hans Landa prologue to this movie is absolutely sublime and people would pay a ticket price just to marvel on its supreme writing and acting.
Make no mistake – the rest of the movie is pretty good, too. It’s just…sometimes you don’t need it.
You can imagine this on HBO or as a Netflix special, nowadays. Seven hour-long episodes, one devoted to each crime. Now there’s a series.
Full Metal Jacket
Part 1: Boot Camp, Part 2: Front Line
This movie has always seemed a bit schizophrenic – the boot camp first half is interesting, hilarious and visceral, leaving the second half on the frontline always feeling a bit baggy and anti-climatic.
No better healer than a good old split into two parts! Part 2: The Front Line would include huge battles with robots to justify the second ticket.
Part 1: The First Half, Part 2: The Second Half
Because yeah it’s sweet and interesting but Jesus, it’s long.
Part 1: Exposition, Part 2: Actually Performing Some Inception
Inception is a great one to re-watch to try and decode the truth about that ending, as well as decide if Marion Cotillard is creepy or just unintentionally hilarious.
The problem is that the first half is all about the rules of dream-levels, architects and the art of Inception, which by the second viewing and beyond you know already! Hide all the well-absorbed info in another movie, please.
As promised, take a look at the past and future movie slate for multi-parters…
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 (2010 – 2011)
Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2 (2011 – 2012)
The Hobbit Part 1, 2 & 3 (2012 – 2014)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 (2014 – 2015)
The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1 & 2 (2016 – 2017)
Justice League Part 1 & 2 (2017 – 2019)
The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 & 2 (2018 – 2019)