It has been a while since my last “The Five”. But I’m back and got another list of share. With this being peak movie season, I was thinking about film franchises. So I thought what are the five film franchises that are go to for me. When I say “film franchises” there has to be at least five films (works well with “The Five” don’t you think). As always, these are in no particular order:
1.) Star Wars
If there was a film franchise that would be the first to mention on any list of mine, it would be Star Wars. Though ironically it took the prequels to qualify for this list. I have always been a huge fan of the series and holds a special place in my heart. Unfortunately it’s not without its clunker (The Last Jedi) but every film franchise on this list will have one. But as a whole, I can go back and watch these films with great joy.
2.) Mission: Impossible
Interestingly, this is the film franchise that I would say has gotten better with each successive film (which is a rarity). I loved the TV series (both the 60s version and the 80s version which was what I got first introduced to as a kid) So I was super interested when it hit the big screen. Ironically, the first film is the clunker in the series to me (mainly because I hated they turned a beloved character into a villain). But as time has gone on, the film series has gotten better with the latest film being right at the top.
3.) The Fast and the Furious
If there was an unlikely film franchise, this would be it. I remember when the first one released and being in college and really enjoying it. By the time they got to Tokyo Drift (which is the clunker), I figured the series was pretty much done. But they seemed to reinvent themselves with Fast and Furious and since then have gone in over the top and wild directions and have been really entertaining.
Talk about a long running film franchise that I love, Godzilla is that franchise. There are essentially four eras of films in Japan (not to mention the American versions…but we’re not talking about the 1998 version..that’s an ultimate clunker) that span decades and yet the films made are ones that I find myself going back to watch over and over again, especially the Heisei era films of the 80s-90s. Anytime I’m in the mood for watching some big monster battles, Godzilla is my go to franchise.
This film franchise is interesting because it was one I already enjoyed (minus the clunker that is Rocky V) but when Creed came along it added even more layers of depth and enjoyment to the franchise. Beloved characters continue to be beloved and added along new characters that are just as beloved. That is what a good franchise does.