Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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After spending most of my life as a diehard sports fan, it is pretty safe to assume that I enjoy a good sports movie. Moneyball and The Sandlot sit near the very top of my favorites, but when it comes to movie trilogies, The Mighty Ducks series ranks up there with the best. While sharing the love of these movies with many different people, each person always seems to have a favorite of the three and a strong opinion behind it. Since I also hold true to my favorite of the trilogy and The Mighty Ducks cast met for a reunion this past weekend to celebrate the 20-year mark of D2: The Mighty Ducks, it only seems fitting to ask what is truly the best Mighty Ducks movie?
Of all of the sports debates that I enjoy having with people, this may be my favorite one. I have found myself in many heated arguments with friends, family and co-workers over which of the three is best. Before we start any argument on the internet like real grown-ups, I think it is best that we all agree and eliminate D3 from the equation. Yes, it was nice that all of Team USA received scholarships to play hockey at Eden Hall Academy and while it took Charlie Conway some time to figure out his place, the JV Ducks took down the Varsity crew in an organized match. I’ll give credit to the film for trying to make it work, but if Gordon Bombay isn’t battling his ego as the main man at the helm, it isn’t in the discussion. Sorry, Disney.
The real debate comes down to the original Mighty Ducks and D2. Some believe that the first movie is always better than the sequel, and for most movies I would agree, but not with this. As much as I enjoyed Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay finding his way as a lawyer doing court-issued community service with a peewee hockey team called District 5, Bombay hurting his knee in the minor leagues to then get the chance to coach Team USA at the Junior Goodwill Games in ANAHEIM is so much better!
Don’t get me wrong, I hated the Hawks and Coach Reilly just as much as I despised Team Iceland and Wolf Stansson, but if you ask me, it was the role characters in D2 that really brought that movie together.
Going from the original to D2 is kind of like beach season. The main goal of beach season is to shed unnecessary pounds and add character. Just like any steady foundation, the core of Charlie Conway, Gordon Bombay, Fulton Reed, Greg Goldberg, Lester Averman, Jesse Hall, Guy Germaine, Adam Banks and Connie Moreau were all still around. But from the original Mighty Ducks to the sequel, they dropped Peter, Karp, Tammy, Tommy and Terry Hall while adding Julie “The Cat” Gaffney, Dean Portman, “Rancher” Dwayne Robertson, Kenny Wu, Luis Mendoza (who is also Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez from the greatest movie ever made) and last but not least, Russ Tyler and his knuckle puck. Correct me if I am wrong, but the latter seems like a much more entertaining and enjoyable beach body if you ask me.
Also, I understand that these movies are complete fiction, but the fact that the NEW Ducks are representing the United States of America against the greatest junior hockey programs in all of the world is a little more intriguing to me than some peewee hockey league in St. Paul, Minnesota. No offense to peewee hockey, but I’ll take the world’s stage any day of the week.
Regardless of my opinion, I understand that each of the three movies is special in their own right, but I just prefer the second one above the rest. Since this is a debate, I now pass the torch to you. Which of the trilogy is the best Mighty Ducks movie in your opinion? Be sure to leave your comments in the section below and let the banter begin!