When I herd that D3 was coming out I was pumped cause I lived D2 so much.
D3 is a different movie, however. It’s more of a coming of age story. Perfect for a trilogy about a pee wee hockey team.
Where D2 was very superficial with the game of Hockey (The hollowness that perfectly eased me into the game), D3 had a lot more depth. It was similar to the teen Dramas that were becoming popular (Like the one called Dawson’s Creek that co-stared Joshua Jackson who plays Charlie Conway in this film).
D2 was a great sports movie while D3 seemed to show me more about hockey and how the game was played. The very first thing I noticed about D3 was that D2 forgot to tell us that the Ducks are suppose to be the underdogs. You would never know that from how they performed as team USA. D3 turns them into the Underdogs who know everything about scoring but nothing about defense and this movie is all about learning defense. In that huge lesson I learned a lot more about the game of hockey than I did from D2.
Just like with D2 the upgrade in Hockey level (they started high school AKA Juror Varsity) means you did not have to watch the last movie to know what’s going on in this movie. If you saw D2, you realized one duck was missing (The other black kid Jesse Hall (Maybe two brothers on the same Hockey team was unrealistic?), but watching this film out of content does not really make you miss anything, but D3 does move at a slower pace to noticed that the Ducks may refence something you would not get unless you saw the other two, which makes sense cause once you get to the trilogy, you are figuring everyone has seen the other two and the franchise has to appeal to all the fans of those movies. All and all though you can’t even tell which Duck is new and which one is old (cause technically, they are all old being that no need ducks were introduced in the film)
Emilio Estevez somehow stars in the movie without being in the movie. I’m fine with that. We got to the point in which we can stop pretending this is about Gordan Bombay, cause it’s about the Ducks, and they’re finally old enough to be interesting.
Deeper life lessons, content that grew up with the fan base and more serious hockey made this a great way to end the trilogy.