This is it, guys.

This is the end.

Tomorrow, the final Twilight film will be released in theaters, ending the saga of Edward and Bella for good. (Or at least until Stephenie Meyer decides it's time to purchase her own island and writes a sequel.) Will Breaking Dawn Part 2 live up to the other films in the series? Will it somehow surpass them to become the best of the franchise? Or will it be a total letdown?

As a general rule, sequels seldom surpass the original in terms of quality, and the final film in any series tends to be the last for a reason. (Usually, because it’s not good.) In honor of the culmination of the Twilight saga, let’s take a look back at other blockbuster film franchises and see whether or not the final installment lived up to expectations

Keep in mind, these are film franchises that are actually finished, with no more straight-up sequels on the way. And there are obviously spoilers for all these movies below!


Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Ten years, eight movies. We watched Harry, Ron, and Hermione grow up before our very eyes, and as they matured, so did the movies. The final installment gave us the epic battle we’d been building toward for a decade, and didn’t disappoint. Some even call it the best of the series.

Did It Satisfy? Yes.


The Matrix Revolutions

The first Matrix? Awesome. The second one? Kinda cool. The third… what? Honestly, it’s hard to remember anything about The Matrix Revolutions, except that it was a huge letdown.

Did It Satisfy? No.


Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

The title is a mouthful, and the plot of the movie is similarly confounding ― aliens? It’s like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg forgot which of their movies they were making a sequel to. While there are some redeeming qualities, like the reunion with Karen Allen of the first movie, there’s also some pretty corny business here, like Shia LeBouf swinging around vines with a bunch of monkeys and Cate Blanchett’s evil haircut. Needless to say, it doesn’t quite live up to the originals.

Did It Satisfy? Not quite.


Spider-Man 3

Too many villains. Too many love interests. Too many dance numbers? Like many sequels, Spider-Man 3 suffers from excess of just about everything, including the moment when it becomes a musical. No wonder the series was rebooted with Andrew Garfield and a new director!

Did It Satisfy? No.


Return Of The Jedi

Just last week we got news that we’d see a new Star Wars trilogy released by Disney, but let’s consider each of them separately. The original trilogy ended with the defeat of the Death Star, the revelation that Darth Vader is Luke’s father, and the introduction of those cute and cuddly Ewoks. Plus, Leia in a bikini strangling Jabba the Hutt, always a good time. While not the strongest film of the three, it has become iconic enough that it can’t be overlooked.

Did It Satisfy? Yes.


Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith

Speaking of Star Wars… things didn’t go quite as smoothly in the prequel trilogy. It took three whole movies for Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader, and then it didn’t happen until the very end! This one was way too corny, with bad performances all around. It’s a good thing this trilogy didn’t come first, or we may never have wanted more Star Wars at all.

Did It Satisfy? No. (But then again, none of them did.)


The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan is supposedly done directing Batman films, even though the last film left the door wide open for a sequel. It was a tall order to top The Dark Knight, the third-highest grossing film of all time, and the Oscar-winning performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker. The Dark Knight Rises bit off a little more than it could chew, with three villains, social upheaval in Gotham, a potential Robin, and an undercooked romance with Catwoman. There’s a lot to admire, but that last scene is way too happy an ending for this dark trilogy.

Did It Satisfy? Mostly.


Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King

The prequel trilogy begins this December with The Hobbit, but Peter Jackson could have left well enough alone and rested on his laurels, since this is the only major franchise-ender to take home an Oscar for Best Picture. After a very long epic journey began in the first movie, our colorful cast of unlikely heroes finally arrived at Mordor and settled this business about the ring. The post-climax denouement may be staggeringly long (we dare you to sit through the extended version), but that’s a minor quibble with a masterpiece.

Did It Satisfy? Yes.


Austin Powers In Goldmember

The first Austin Powers was a brilliant parody of James Bond and 1960’s-era Great Britain, and the second one had some terrific gags as well. By the third film, though, characters like Fat Bastard and Mini-Me were growing tired, and new characters like the Dutch villain Goldmember weren’t nearly as funny as the originals. Even with Beyonce as the female sidekick, Goldmember was pretty limp in comparison.

Did It Satisfy? No.


The Godfather Part III'

The first Godfather and its sequel both took home Best Picture Oscars. This one won two Razzies for Sofia Coppolla’s performance. What happened? Though it was prestigious enough to earn a few Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture), but it won none of them and is certainly not remembered fondly. Some franchises are clearly better left alone.

Did It Satisfy? No.


Back To The Future Part III

The third installment of the time-travel trilogy presented some of its most memorable moments ― particularly if you first saw it as a kid. Who doesn't want to take a trip back to the Wild West?

Did It Satisfy: Yes.


Ocean's Thirteen

After the messy misfire of a second film that rendered about nine out of the 11 totally useless, Ocean's Thirteen got things back on track with another fun caper and plenty for the entire cast to do. It may not be quite as good as Ocean's Eleven, but that'd be asking a lot.

Did It Satisfy? Kinda?

Live Free Or Die Hard

Like Indiana Jones And The Crystal Skull, this is a half-reboot/half-sequel, featuring the original star and a hot young protege and coming several years after the original trilogy "ended." You may have forgotten this fourth Die Hard movie existed already, and that's fine, but at least it didn't do anything egregious to sully the first three.

Did It Satisfy? Somewhat.

Jurassic Park III

Jurassic Park is one of the most awesome blockbusters of all time, and velociraptor-defeating gymnastics aside, The Lost World wasn’t too bad either. But Jurassic Park III left a bad taste in our mouths, maybe because there’s a dream sequence featuring a talking raptor, or maybe because they tried introducing a new dinosaur called the Spinosaurus that was supposed to be cooler than a T-Rex, without realizing that there is nothing cooler than a T-Rex. Also, this strangely short movie ends without much of a climax, even though there should be a big final showdown between the military and the dinosaurs. There have been rumors of Jurassic Park IV ever since, but who knows if we’ll ever see it? For now, these dinos are fossilized, though the original will be released in 3D next year.

Did It Satisfy? No.


Toy Story 3

Most sequels feel like pointless cash grabs, especially when they come a long time after the original movie ― but Toy Story 3 managed to use the distance between the first and second film (released in 1995 and 1999) and the third (released in 2010) to its advantage. Andy was finally all grown up and off to college, which meant we got a moving exploration of what happens to our playthings once we outgrow them. Toy Story 3 managed to be hilarious (metrosexual Ken!The), dark (a harrowing near-death experience for all these beloved figures), and sentimental (dare you not to cry at the ending!). In fact, it was the perfect conclusion to a near-perfect trilogy.

Did It Satisfy? Yes!


Do you think Twilight's finale will be a fitting send-off? Let us know in the comments.