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A wonderful transition from The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit trilogy has overall been a really fun and exciting set of films but the major flaw has been that for the most part they can't stand on their own. They always feel like one film in a trilogy but now that the trilogy is complete, I can honestly say that it's the best looking, most colorful, best produced trilogy of films I have ever seen. It's amazing how well they take a small children's story and make it into an incredible, epic trilogy.
A complaint with the previous two films was too much filler, it is clear in this film that Peter Jackson has only included the more valuable scenes for the story (except for a certain master's deputy.)Each scene in some way contributes to the story.
When I went into this movie I expected two things; an end to a trilogy and also a transition from one trilogy to another. I can envision people in the future to watch the two trilogies back to back. Then the story will be completely fluent and jointed.
On the whole the production value is the highest I think I have ever seen, incredibly good effects, great looking CG and on the whole on of the biggest movies I have ever seen in my life.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is not a good movie if you have not recently seen the movies that came before it. But as a part of a trilogy it is most certainly worth at least a watch.
An improvement of what was already great.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is an improvement on the already great An Unexpected Journey. The story about Dol Guldur starts to really take hold with it taking a surprising turn into something that links it more to The Lord of The Rings(As it should, being a prequel.) As a big fan of Tolkien's work, i like all of the added features from Tolkien's unreleased work and as the movie goes on you never want it to end. I think the movie is allowed to sway away from the source material as long as it is to the movie's benefit. Speaking of which, i don't care of the length of the movie as long as everything in it is good and well done.
All the way from beginning to end, the movie keeps you on your toes, clawing for your next breath and ends on a magnificent cliff-hanger. The special effects are absolutely incredible and the characters extremely interesting
For my money it is the best movie of 2013.
Jack Reacher (2012)
An overly long action movie that takes itself too seriously
This movie is a solid action flick with some nice action scenes and good choreography but in the end there is too much the movie tries to do.
Tom Cruise's performance as Jack Reacher is no Oscar winner for sure. It feels like he's acting as the character instead of acting the character.
Rosamund Pike is a good actress most of the time but she tries way too little and way too hard at the same time in this movie. During most of her screen time it looks like she is in shock for no apparent reason.
The story is just there for show. They don't really delve into any aspect of it. The villain is clichéd and over the top but the movie's strong points are: The cinematography, the action (though at times very weird)is solid and the third strong point is Robert Duvall's brief but very good performance as Cash.
The movie is way too long for it's own good. It is a 2 hour+ movie with nothing really carrying it through. The 3rd act is by far the best part as it really uses the most of what was good before. The 1st and 2nd act take themselves too seriously but the movie lightens up a little during the the 3rd act
Overall i'd say check it out but don't expect a great script or acting. Expect good action and cinematography.
The Hobbit has flaws but is still a good movie
The Hobbit is one of the best movies this year and why? to answer that let's go into detail and start with what else but the beginning.
The beginning of the movie is a chance for Middle-earth to finally breathe and introduce Bilbo Baggins who is played by Martin Freeman who gives a good performance, rising from a regular Hobbit to a strong Character. One day Gandalf the Grey, a wizard steps on his doorstep and invites him on a journey, an unexpected Journey. Ian McKellen who portrays Gandalf gives another stunning performance. The Dwarfs are some bad but some very good. The good ones are Thorin, Balinn, Dwalinn, Kili and Bofur but the rest lack which is the movies biggest flaw, but i think that is what the other 2 movies are for. The other scenes are long but well worthwhile. the movie has it's flaws but the pros well outrank the cons. So that the movie becomes Epic, Funny, Grand and Dramatic and the music is what creates morphs all of that all at the same time. Overall a simply good Movie.