So I watched The Hobbit. Despite a initially having a crappy feeling that they cashed in big time by making three movies I enjoyed this a lot. It's been a long time since I've read the book, so I can't really say what's been added in but I thought the movie had good pacing. Having been bummed by "meh" reviews I was very guarded about this. But as soon as the thing started I was caught up in the awesome production values. The excellent attention to detail from LOTR is back but even more refined. This movie is a stunner and technically awesome. The characters are pretty solid too, for the most part. I'll watch Martin Freeman eat a ham sandwich though, for Pete's sake.
I like the slow reveal of Smaug too. I can't remember if the Necromancer was in the hobbit...or not. In fact I'm not angry about the addition of extra material at all. They're excellent storytellers and will do everything justice.
I was pleasantly surprised with The Hobbit myself.... I didn't think I was going to dig it at all considering it was my least favorite of Tolkiens writing.... and to top it off the appeal of Middle Earth seemed to have wore out entirely to me after the recent years of excessive LOTR media.... but I was totally wrong! In fact, I liked it enough to erroneously run out and purchase the terrible Lego LOTR game right after.... I was sucked in! Baited.... fell for it... and middle earth took me for another 60 bucks damnit.... but that movie was absolutely worth my time :)
is a pretty great film. Jackson definitely lived up to his prior entries into Middle-Earth, but at the same time improved upon what wasn't so hot in the trilogy, namely getting rid of some overthetop character archetypes like the often too silly rivalry between Legolas and Gimly. At any rate, Martin Freeman played an excellent young Bilbo, and the whole company of dwarves was quite solid as well. My only complaint there is that a couple still looked a touch too human, but that may just be a symptom of them being "young dwarves"
Yoda, the necromancer was in the book. However, it was Gandalf that went and discovered him, not Radagast, but I guess they wanted the latter to have a more profound role. Most of the added stuff is still legit too, since it's in the errata. The main antagonist, though, is altered somewhat, but doesn't really take away from the tale.
One reason I'm always happy to be a fan of Tarantino is that for the most part he's always able to deliver a really solid film. Django is no exception. It's what happens when you mix the action of Kill Bill vol. 1, and the talkity-talk of Kill Bill vol. 2, and while you don't get it in the same extremities as those two films did, the end result is still an incredibly satisfying Western film... heck, probably the best since True Grit, and....fuck... Tombstone (I'm your huckleberry) before that (either way, it brought life to a certainly dying genre).
The performances were perfect.
People who like Westerns and action and great acting should watch this film. Christoph Waltz, man, does he ever inspire me to be a better actor. Jamie Foxx did a stellar job in his role too, conveying his emotion and tension wonderfully. The whole flick is a genuine good time, but probably one of the best stories Tarantino has ever told, in my opinion. I mean, I really liked Kill Bill
and Inglorious Bastards
, but this tale spoke with a lot more genuine emotion and commitment. Sorry, that's the best way I could word my thoughts.
I mean, Django Unchained
still has a fair amount of Tarantino's tongue-in-cheek moments, but they really didn't take me out of the film like they have in the past. I really like how the tale was told, how the actors conveyed it, and it also has a really rad soundtrack too, in my humble opinion.
Again, go see this film if you don't mind a bit of blood. And let me stress that although its bloody, its not gory. Rare are the moments that you're are forced to see the wounds, rather you just see the overthetop by product. And it is so over the top that your brain immediately goes to a place of "this is like a comic book or cartoon" and desensitizes you, reminding you that its all pretend. Fret not, you only have to see Foxx's junk.