This is perhaps the first trilogy in my memory where each of the sequels has improved on the previous entry. This could be even bigger than either of those films, and it deserves more chances to entertain.
If one looks past the silliness of the story and takes a closer look at the heart, it's not a bad film. It's clear what Maclean wants to do, even if he doesn't know how to do it and stay within the bounds of a consistent story. For now, it is nice that he has the opportunity to hone his skill with so much talent around.