Jonathan Melville: Good things can come in threes

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WHEN did trilogies get so popular? With The Hunger Games and The Hobbit sequels getting so much positive buzz and the news that another Star Wars trilogy will debut in 2015, it seems one film isn’t enough for Hollywood these days.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the not-so-long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s first instalment and sees Jennifer Lawrence return as Katniss Everdeen as she returns to District 12 to embark on a Victory Tour.

The stakes are raised even higher this time as Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) must take part in an even more dangerous version of the Hunger Games which takes place every 25 years.

In a month’s time there’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the latest adventure for Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who has left the Shire for adventure with a motley band of dwarves. I wasn’t too taken with the first part of this latest trilogy, but it made countless millions around the globe and is set to be followed by 2015’s There And Back Again, so expect it to top the charts.

You may have read about the UK-wide auditions currently underway for 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII, the start of yet another trilogy in the saga created by George Lucas back in the 1970s.

For years it seemed like there wouldn’t be a proper close to the series, which was last seen on the big screen back in 2005’s lacklustre Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, but since Lucas sold the franchise to Disney, it seems it’s all go again.

I’m most looking forward to the continuation of the How to Train Your Dragon saga on 4 July 2014 and the conclusion in 2016, two films I hope will prove that trilogies can sometimes be a very good thing.

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