In our latest survey, in which you choose the greatest movie franchise of all time, it seems our readers are spoiling for a Star Wars vs. Lord of the Rings finale.
So we decided to make things a little difficult for you. In our quarter-finals, the two fan heavyweights will square off against formidable opponents as they try to mount a popcorn march to the finals.
There have been some surprising defeats – Edward and Bella, Marty McFly, Axel Foley and Rambo all exited in the first round. But we told you this wouldn’t be easy.
This round was marked by a series of lopsided victories including Star Wars trouncing Harry Potter and James Bond throttling The Godfather.
But we’ve reached our final eight franchises. Take a look at our survey, re-watch your old DVDs if you want, then make your selections.
Let us know what you think in the comments below, and scroll below the survey to read your comments from Round 2.
Round 2: Harry Potter vs. Star Wars
‘The Boy Who Lived’ was no match for Luke Skywalker and the power of the force. Many of you cited the enduring quality of George Lucas’ sci-fi saga as a reason for choosing Star Wars which won the vote by 79%. Here are some of your thoughts:
“Star Wars all the way! For me, it's the fact that the mystical elements (the Force) in Star Wars has boundaries, whereas any random magical silliness is possible in Harry Potter....Oh, i'm going shoot a flaming dragon out of my wand now--abracadabra! Now I'm going to use an Ice Zebra spell---whoopdy doo! It's silly and illogical! The force has clearly defined limitations which make the fight scenes more compelling because it is way less prone to completely silly random acts of magic.”
“I wanted to pick Harry but felt compelled by some force to select Star Wars.”
“Star Wars has lasted 35 years and is still popular. It has spawned countless parodies, books, paraphernalia , offshoots, cartoons. Plus, Star Wars gave us Harrison Ford.”
“Star Wars is given the nod due to longevity. It was a groundbreaking movie that challenged everything we knew about making movies at the time it was made. Now, 36 years later, Star Wars still stands higher than Harry Potter in terms of recognition and influence. Challenge: offer your kids Harry Potter's wand or Luke Skywalker's lightsaber, see what they go for.”
“Star Wars was and still is an epic film set.”
Round 2: Indiana Jones vs. Rocky
Even though they’ve both had a release in the 2000s, this was the battle of the ‘80s franchises. And Indy laid a whipping Rocky. A lot of you pointed to the unequal quality of the Rocky series (No. 5 was an instalment many of you can’t forgive) in justifying your vote for the famed archaeologist.
“Mr Jones gave us new fresh adventures, Rocky was just a remix of the same ‘gotta win this epic battle’ again and again.”
“Tough choice, but they could make 20 Indy movies and I'd still want more. Rocky was completely over after the 3rd.”
“Only the first Rocky was great.”
“Too many terrible Rocky sequels.”
“Rocky became too cartoonish in the middle sequels.”
“It's Indy, I named my cat Indy.”
Round 2: ‘Die Hard’ vs. ‘Lethal Weapon’
To read the comments, you’d have thought that Lethal Weapon mopped the floor with Die Hard. But that wasn’t the case – Murtaugh and Riggs’ fans had lots to say, but when the votes were counted it was John McClane’s ‘Yippee-ki-yay' that was triumphant with 68% of the vote. Here were some of the best comments.
“John McClane stayed in character from the beginning to the end. Mel Gibson’s Martin Riggs changed from a rogue cop to Mr. Nice guy. You know where Mr. Nice guy's end up.”
“Love them both, but I could watch Riggs and Murtaugh all day because the comedy is so well written.”
“Riggs & Murtaugh ... best partnership ever! Mel may be having some personal issues right now but that doesn't diminish the entertainment value of Lethal Weapon. Supporting cast also lifts this series above Die Hard.”
“Mel and Danny are good but Bruce started the ball rolling. You can shoot him, drop him off buildings, blow up buildings, have a fire sale but you can't stop John McClane.”
“As both series wore on, they lost a little something, but Glover and Gibson had great chemistry (not unlike Willis and Jackson...hello rip off) and added great characters to expand the family.”
Round 2: ‘Toy Story’ vs. ‘Lord of the Rings’
This battle pitted the adults against the kids, and boy did the grown-ups win. While there was fondness for the animated franchise, the fantastical re-telling of Tolkien’s Middle Earth won handily with 73% of the vote.
“This was a tough one because Toy Story is excellent but what Jackson did with LOTR was just too epic.”
“Lord of the Rings is epic, Toy Story is a great franchise, but not in the same league.”
“This was a difficult choice. Toy Story was ground-breaking, but Rings was Epic. In this case, epic wins.”
“Lord of the Rings wins hands down - great story and characters with adventure to boot. Lot of imagination in both but Lord of the Rings is more adult driven.”
Round 2: ‘Batman’ vs. ‘Iron Man’
Avengers might be this summer’s box-office champ, but Tony Stark was no match for Batman when it comes to your votes. DC easily beat Marvel with 65% of the vote. However, without the Christopher Nolan series, many of you would have voted for Iron Man. Take that Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher!
“Batman is a much better character study (at least if you're talking about the Christopher Nolan series), while Iron Man is mainly eye candy.”
“Only the last two Batman movies should be voted on. Christian Bale has saved this franchise and the much missed Heath Ledger helped set this franchise apart from other comic-book-turned-movie projects.”
“Oh wow this is an awesome match-up. But Batman will be making movies forever and is the sole reason DC is still alive right now.”
“This one is a tough one. But if I'm only judging on Nolan's version, then Batman wins in this one. The stories are just really well written and it definitely revived the batman franchise.”
Round 2: ‘Star Trek’ vs. ‘The Hangover’
OK, these two have nothing in common. But we thought it would be fun to pit one of the funniest comedic franchises of all time against a sci-fi giant. Well, Trekkies set their phasers to kill as they vanquished the Wolf Pack with 77% of the vote. It wasn’t pretty for Allan and the gang.
“You're kidding right? Hangover shouldn't have made these playoffs. They are like the Toronto Maple Leafs of this contest.”
“Hangover should of stopped after the first one. What’s next? Wedding Crashers 2!!! Star Trek is legendary with its real life dilemmas”
“Hangover is a horrible story line that just repeats itself... Star Trek has self discovery in it...”
“This one is just silly. A one shot movie idea against a concept that been around for 50 years? The Wolf Pack are going to have a huge hangover after they get their butts handed to them by Kirk and Spock.”
“Cinematic icon vs. idiocy ? We will soon see what type of individuals choose their respective favourite.
"There is no foreseeable end to Star Trek unless us humans actually make it off this rock ,rendering the movie(s) redundant. Better made movie, better everything. Just better!”
Round 2: ‘Friday the 13th’ vs. ‘Scream’
Turns out our battle of the horror franchises was the closest matchup of the week. Jason barely carved out a win over Ghostface with 56% of the vote.
“Love Friday the 13th! Jason is the best fictional serial murderer of all times!”
“In its time, Friday the 13th was a splatter-fest series. But have you actually WATCHED that series since you were 13 years old? Scream brought a hip and cutting edge to the slasher genre that carried over into a new generation with Scream IV. Some say the first was the best, a la the Saw series, but I thought the fourth incarnation was still original enough to hold its own.”
“Friday the 13th gave me nightmares and made me nervous whenever I went camping. Scream....not so much.”
“The Scream films are classic. They're the perfect mix of horror and comedy. Neve Campbell is amazing in the films. The cast in the first film- Neve, Matthew, Skeet, Rose & Jamie- is one of my favourite casts of a movie. And the opening to the first film with Drew Barrymore is terrifying.”
Round 2: ‘James Bond’ vs. ‘The Godfather’
Most movie fans are partial to Sean Connery’s incarnation of Bond, and that helped 72% of you lift 007 over Francis Ford Coppola’s mob classic. Here are some of your comments:
“C'mon, put these two in a room and you know that Bond is the one making it out every time.”
“Very tough. Bond wins as they have made many many, many editions and all are great in their own way. Last couple featuring Daniel Craig are amazing.”
“Still, James Bond - Connery was the best ever, Moore & Brosnon were good, Craig not as good as I'd hoped, but still love the franchise.”
“This one shouldn't be that tough. Three great movies against what, twenty? Don't get me wrong Godfather rocks, incredible acting, etc. Can anyone really beat Bond as a concept? From Sean to Roger to Pierce and now Daniel....but there is only one Bond, James Bond.”