Movie Review: The Hobbit

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

169 min  -  Adventure | Fantasy  -   14 December 2012 (Canada)

Ratings: 8.4/10 from 147,800 users   Metascore: 58/100
Reviews: 823 user | 373 critic | 40 from Metacritic.com

A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on a "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.

Director:

Peter Jackson

Writers:

Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), and 3 more credits »

Stars:

Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage | See full cast and crew

Initial Thoughts:

Okay obviously I waited all of last year to see this movie, I am a huge fan of the book and a big J.R.R. Tolkien fan in general. So while I didn’t see this opening night I did pay almost $65 for my wife and I so see this in Imax (with snacks of course Smile).

Main Points:

Peter Jackson does it again Open-mouthed smile. I dearly loved the Lord of the Rings movies (with the Fellowship and Return of the King being the best of the two). This movie is not only extremely faithful to the book, it also brings in much more of the world as he brings in stories from the appendices of the Hobbit, parts of Unfinished Tales and even The Silmarillion (as far I know).

This gives the movie a lot more depth and brings to light stories I wasn’t aware of (I’ll admit to not having read those other two books).

The acting is top notch all around, especially shinning is Sir Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman (Gandalf and Bilbo respectively). The special effects are amazing, a wonderful soundtrack and of course a great story. What else could you ask for in a movie? Hot smile

SPOILER ALERT!

Again this is silly but I suppose I’m a creature of habit. Perhaps you didn’t know that Frodo (Elijah Wood) does make a small appearance as does Elrond, Gladariel, Saruman and a younger Bilbo played once again Ian Holm. The movie ends with a cave full of gold and a dragon waking from a long slumber.

Final Thoughts:

I can’t say the movie is perfect but for me it was damn close. You can drawn into the movie, swept up with the emotions of the characters and the majesty of the world. For me that is a sign of a great movie.

The only negative thing I can say is that there a lot of stuff with the goblins and just for a few minutes it felt a little dragged out. Overall though I give this movie 9/10 and a very big recommendation Thumbs up. This movie has violence, some blood and scenes that would be scary for small children. So if you have children please bear this in mind. Also if you’re a Star Trek fan you owe it to yourself to see in in Imax to see the preview for the new movie, this looks amazing! Vampire bat I’m going to do my best to see this again in the Higher Frame Rate I’ve heard so much about. Until next time (and it will be another movie review) I am as always…

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Movie Review: Underworld: Awakening

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R  88 min  -  Action | Fantasy | Horror   -  20 January 2012 (Canada)

Ratings: 7.1/10 from 11,696 users   Metascore: 39/100
Reviews: 114 user | 116 critic | 17 from Metacritic.com

When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.

Initial Thoughts:

I’m a fan of the Underworld movies, I’ve seen all of them (including the dreadful “Rise of the Lycans” prelude) and of course you all know how I feel about vampires Smile. So naturally I had to see this latest instalment and cough up the hefty Imax price.

Main Points:

The movie begins with Selene (played by Kate Beckinsale) kicking ass and taking names (like she always does Open-mouthed smile) trying to get to a boat to be with her hybrid lover Michael Corvin. Some determined humans force Michael into the water and when Selene dives it to get him, they are forced apart by some kind of energy grenade.

The movie then flash-forwards 12 years later. The human race has discovered lycans (werewolves) and vampires and are purging them from the world. Selene is woken up in a lab and is none too happy. She fights her way out of the complex in search for Michael (whom she thought has already escaped through visions she receives).

SPOILER ALERT!

Michael did not escape and it is in fact Selene’s daughter (who is also a hybrid) who was kept in the lab and been sending Selene visions. This was a nice twist that comes early on. Later we realize that while humans are out to kill all non-human (lycans & vampires) the people who run the “Anti-Gen” institute are in fact lycans and have been making themselves super-strong/big/tough to wipe out the vampires and control the world. This is fairly obvious once there is a huge attack on a coven of vampires by these suped-up lycans.

I’m not going through the whole plot of the movie since it’s not really important. For a movie like this you watch it (at least for me) for great action, special effects and of course Kate (I’m more into blondes/redheads but she’s an exception Winking smile).

Ultimately Selene gets help from other vampires, her daughter and a sympathizer human to destroy the main lycan and his son who are in charge of the project at Anti-Gen. She also discovers that Michael is not dead (as we’re lead to believe throughout the movie) but was also kept in the lab. The movie clearly leaves room for a sequel and I wouldn’t mind one more Vampire bat.

Final thoughts:

I paid $33 just for two tickets, with snacks it came to a whopping $57. While I like Imax (though it can be rather loud) I still find this overly expensive. Even for a great action movie (which this wasn’t) you can’t help but feel a little ripped off. That aside I enjoyed the movie and some parts truly do show off what Imax 3D can do. There’s no ground-breaking or original ideas on vampires/lycans or anything else but it’s a fun romp and everything I expected it to be. I will say though that some action scenes are very gory, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend anyone under 17 see this.7/10 from me and I recommend it if you’re a fan of the movies and don’t mind paying the high price.Thumbs up

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