When a film series reaches its finale, it has to have to important narrative aspects. The first is it own unique challenge to the characters. The second is that the ending must feel right.
D3: The Mighty Ducks premiered in 1996. The third film in the trilogy, it takes place several years after The Mighty Ducks (1992) and D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994). The team is now in high school. They are freshman at an elite private school in which they are strangers in a strange land. Their antagonist is the varsity team, who are not exactly welcoming to the latest additions to the student body with open arms.
Looking back, the problem with this particular film is that it feels like the screenwriters didn’t give it their all. It feels like for the most part, it is a carbon copy of the previous movies in the trilogy. Some aspects were changed, but the changes are almost cookie cutter. The unique energy that the first and second films had is not completely diminished, but it is not as bright as it could have been.
Success breeds success. But that does not mean that there will be a few bumps and bruises along the way.
The sequel to The Mighty Ducks, D2: The Mighty Ducks was released in 1994. After the success of his underdog team in the first film, Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) has returned to rink playing for a minor league team. When a knee injury sidelines his career, he is hired to coach the Team USA for the Goodwill Games held in Los Angeles. Taking most of the original Ducks with him and adding a few new players to the roster, it looks like they are heading to an easy win. But when Hollywood comes calling and Team Iceland stands in the way of their championship, the Bombay and the Ducks realize that they have work to do.
As sequels go, this film is pretty good. Granted, I haven’t seen it in a very long time, but based on what I remember, its not bad. The bar is that might higher, forcing to the characters to deal with new challenges in order to reach their goals. I also appreciated the additional diversity of the newer cast members.
For a certain generation, this call means only one thing: The Mighty Ducks (1992).
Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) had a bright future in hockey as a young man. After missing the goal during the championship, Gordon lost interest in the sport he loved. Decades later, after being arrested for drunk driving, Gordon’s punishment is to coach a pee wee hockey team. The team has the worst record in the league and Gordon is not so eager to take on the responsibility of coaching. But it turns out that the team and Gordon are exactly what each other needs to turn their lives around.
For me at least, there is something nostalgic about this movie. The fact that this movie is 23 years old, well, it makes me feel old. But it has a good heart, a solid message about believing in yourself and it is quality family entertainment.