- Aliens *No links due to spoilers... Not counting the Predator crossovers...*
- Alien (1979)
- Aliens (1986)
- Aliens3 (1992)
- Aliens Resurrection (1997)
- Prometheus (2012)
- Indiana Jones
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
- The Temple of Doom (1984)
- The Last Crusade (1989)
- The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
- Lethal Weapon
- Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
- Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
- Die Hard
- Die Hard (1988)
- Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)
- Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
- Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
From the above lists, the Aliens franchise is kind of hit and miss for quality--movies 3 and 4 of the series weren't the greatest, but I know plenty of geeks that are drooling with anticipation o'er the 2012 releases of Prometheus. Indiana Jones, I think has done a good job of recapturing lightning in a bottle. The Last Crusade was brilliant, and 19! years later came The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I, by and far, enjoyed it, but I know that a lot fans weren't so impressed. The best revisiting has been done with the Die Hard franchise. Lethal Weapon was the weakest revisiting that I could think of, off the top of my head. Although, I'm really not looking forward to the release of M.I.B. III (2012), given the über-lameness of M.I.B. II (2002).
Why is all this relevant? The last American Pie film in theatres was American Pie 3: American Wedding in 2003! The next four went straight to video*Am I still allowed to say that?*...er...DVD.
To catch-up on the series, here's the order:
- America Pie (1999)
- America Pie 2 (2001)
- America Wedding (2003)
- America Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005)
- America Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006)
- America Pie Presents: Beta House (2007)
- America Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009)
- America Reunion (2012)
It could be argued that movies 4 to 7 don't count, but they do feature main characters that do appear in the other films so this is #8!
American Reunion does a really good job of recapturing what made the first two movies good *I haven't seen films 3-7.*. It has some of the trademark toilet humour, but it is also self-aware enough to acknowledge the passage of time, and puts a different spin on the humour, and make fun of itself.
Everyone from the first two films appears in this one. Eugene Levy does a good job of stealing the scenes that he's in. He's also the only character to appear in all 8 movies. The film blends humour and nostalagia in a good mix, with plenty of in-jokes for people who have seen some of the earlier films.
O'erall, I give American Reunion a 6.7 out of 10. It's far better than I expected, although when somebody yawned in the theatre during the film, it garnered a laugh from the audience. Hopefully, this will be the last one in the franchise. It tied up loose ends and felt "complete"; far better than the clumsy attempt in the end of Lethal Weapon 4.
N.B.: Don't rush out of the theatre. There's an extra scene early on in the credits.
None on the version that I saw.