Archive | December, 2013

REVIEW – The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

13 Dec Warner Bros, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis

This review has little to no spoilers. 

If you have nothing to do this weekend, if you’re completely booked with finals this weekend, if you’re busy battling giant dragons and can’t even fit in time to see a film this weekend, you should definitely check out the recent entry into the Hobbit trilogy. While the first film was fun, dramatic, and enjoyable in its own right, it felt a bit slow to the viewer. The second film in the series, The Desolation of Smaug, does everything that part 1 did well and did it better. As a fan of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy but not so much a fan of The Hobbit book, the movie not only managed to keep my attention despite its long runtime, but also inspired me to try reading the book again.

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REVIEW: Out of the Furnace

12 Dec Out of the Furnace, Relativity Media, Christian Bale

This review is spoiler-light.

When a movie calls itself a thriller, I expect to be, to put it lightly, thrilled. That’s not to say movies that are called thrillers must have car chases and gun fights and dramatic battles between good and evil, but I don’t expect to be waiting two hours for the plot to happen.

Unfortunately, Out of the Furnace is an example of such a thriller. It’s not as though this movie isn’t well done. On the contrary, it looks beautiful and the story is told masterfully. But the issue is that the story is so basic that it has to stretch itself out for two hours, and the majority of the action isn’t until the last ten minutes of the movie.

And by action, I mean plot-moving action. Not physical action – there’s quite a bit of that in this film. Continue reading