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Ant-Man Review

Howdy people of the internet, today I return to give you a new film review and this is for Marvel Studios’ latest film, Ant-Man. Now, this film has had quite the history with the directors behind it, script rewrites and a less than stellar hype from fans and the general public about there being an Ant-Man film. But now the film is out and the early response has been pretty positive, so it is good? Well I can’t hide my excitement for this film as I thought it was awesome and I’m going to tell you why in this review!

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I am going to keep this review as clean and simple as possible.

When it comes to the story it goes a little like this:

“Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”

The story in this film is actually really good. The film’s also bizarre and self-aware and it makes the experience more enjoyable. What makes this film work so well is that is that it isn’t like a typical superhero film, much like last year’s Captain America: The Winter Solider and Guardians of the Galaxy, this film adopts a style puts that first and then incorporates the superhero elements later. Ant-Man is a heist film and it has all of those quirky, smart and inventive aspects that makes films of this genre so fun to watch and speaking of fun, the film is also hilarious. I know that is to be expected in a Marvel film and some have gotten sick of it, but here it really works. There is a constant sense of fun, quirkiness and just randomness that makes the film great to watch. But beyond the humour there is heart, like the best of the Marvel films there’s genuine emotion and drama to draw you in and make you root for the good guys. I have to commend not only Peyton Reed for directing this film in such a great way, but also for the script done by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd as it is very witty and unique. If I had any negatives it’s that some of the plot elements do fall into that “I’ve seen it before” department, but beyond that the film’s very good. There are also some nice references to the comics and other MCU films from the past and future and they’re great, make sure you stay for the post-credit scenes! Don’t be a donut and leave early! 😀

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When it comes to the cast they’re all pretty good. Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man. What I liked about Scott is that he’s a great guy who wants to do good but has ends up in bad situations and doesn’t commit to doing good deeds, and it’s interesting to see him go on this journey and change for the better. Rudd, he’s just great in this film. Rudd naturally excels in comedy and he uses that to his advantage as he’s really funny and has great timing with his jokes, but in addition to that he brings a lot of charm and depth to his character with the more dramatic moments. Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym. I knew that Douglas would be important in the film but I didn’t expect him to have such a significant presence because this film felt like a passing of the torch, but Douglas had so many great lines and he continues to show why he’s such a great actor as he’s emotionally versatile and just kills it in every scene he’s in. Oh and his relationship with Rudd is great too. Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne was really good too. She’s strong, confident, but also defensive and complicated emotionally because of her father and I love what Lily did with this role. Her and Douglas have a great dynamic because of their family based relationship, and Lily and Rudd also had pretty good chemistry and their banter was lovely.

Corey Stoll was really good as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket. Darren is a man with class, style and charm at face value, but he’s also sneaky, dangerous and obsessed with power and success. Stoll plays this character with just the right amount of villainy and craziness. You could argue that his character was a bit clichĂ© and stereotypical, but I thought he was one of the stronger and more memorable villains of the MCU. Then there’s Lang’s heist team consisting of Michael Pena as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave and David Dastmalchian as Kurt. The strongest of the three is Pena as Luis, this guy is seriously one of the most strange and funny people ever. The guy’s so energetic and jokes and Pena just oozes charm and humour. T.I. and Dastmalchian are also pretty good and have their individual moments to shine. Bobby Cannavale did well as Paxton and it was good to see Wood Harris as Gale too and finally Judy Greer was good as Maggie and Abby Ryder Fortson is just one of the most adorable and hilarious child actors ever as Cassie.

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As for the presentation is pretty damn good. Visually the film is really cool, the cinematography is well-done and the use of special effects used to craft the action sequences, suits and the miniaturised world that Ant-Man and Yellowjacket inhabit is so unique and interesting. The creativity behind the shrinking and growing of the Pym particles was great and there’s some really interesting, unexpected and hilarious uses of the powers. The soundtrack crafted by Christophe Beck is also very nice too, it has a great sense of charisma, sass and style, it had the perfect sound for a heist film but also for a 1960’s spy film.

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In conclusion Ant-Man was pretty badass. I had hoped it would be good and that the early reviews were a good sign, but the film exceeded my expectations so much. It was full of all the regular great superhero codes and conventions but beyond that it had heart, style and stood alone perfectly from the rest of the MCU films while also existing within the same world. Marvel continue to prove that they are far still incredibly creative and versatile and I would highly recommend this film as it is SO much fun and really entertaining.

Rating: 8.5/10 (Very impressive)

So what do you think of Ant-Man? Did you love it, hate it or think it was okay? And how do you think it compares to the previous Marvel films? Do you think it’s the best solo film since Iron Man like some claim or do think differently? Sound off your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Ant-Man Trailer #2

Howdy people of the internet, today I return to give you a new trailer review for the next Marvel film, no not Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the other one coming out later on in July and that’s Ant-Man. Now, the first trailer for this film didn’t exactly set the world on fire, but I’ve still been interested in seeing how this turned out. So today the second trailer’s dropped today and I’ve seen some positive feedback lurking around online, so is it good or not? Well read on and find out!

Check out the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? Well this is certainly better than the last one for sure, and the hype level has definitely gone up for sure.

I am going to keep this trailer review as simple as possible. Basically, this trailer expands upon what we saw in the previous trailer by giving us more details on the story, characters and action. We see more Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and A LOT more of Corey Stoll.

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When it comes to the story it looks like we have a better understanding about what the technology behind what the Ant-Man suit can do and what its original purpose was for (being used for the military and being super stealthy), and it seems like Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) is the main man behind the technology and is looking to sell it to everyone. While on the other side of things you have Dr. Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne (Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly) who see Cross as bad man who has to be taken out, so Pym finds Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and recruits him to steal tech away from Cross (I assume) and become a hero. I like how Hope is integral to the story and understands the technology behind the Ant-Man suit and trains scott to fight and understand how his powers work when he’s small. I also appreciate how we get to see more of Stoll as the bad guy, he clearly looks like he has an aggressive villain who will give our hero a lot of trouble.

What it interests me the most about this film again is the action sequences. I know that it’s mainly CGI, green screen and motion capture, but man it looks SO good, the level of detail is so sharp and beautiful, loving the colours and the way things seem a little slower and stylized in the smaller world. Seeing Ant-Man running with the heard of ants or taking out dude with his miniature super strength, it all looks pretty slick and intriguing as a form of combat. But the best stuff for me is seeing Ant-Man and Yellowjacket fighting, all of the jumping, flying, lasers and explosions is badass.

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Oh  there’s a fair amount of humour in the trailer, like most Marvel films, whether it is joking about the ‘Ant-Man’ name or talking about breaking into a place to steal something or seeing Paul Rudd get punched in the face by Evangeline Lilly, it looks humourous, and that final moment of the trailer when Yellowjacket was about to get hit by the Thomas the Tank Engine train and you just see the train just hit and fall over, that was funny, best funny moment in the trailer.

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This is perfect, really random, but funny too. Any person who knows about Thomas will get a kick out of this.

In conclusion the second trailer for Ant-Man is pretty good. This is looking like it will be a very different kind of adventure like Guardians of the Galaxy last summer. I’m just curious to see how this all pans out, the costumes are looking hella good and the action seems better and better with each trailer. I’m not stupidly over the moon about this film yet, but I definitely want to see it more than before.

So what do you think of the second trailer for Ant-Man? Are you more or less excited for the film than before? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Ant-Man Trailer #1 Quick Review

Howdy people of the internet, today I get to review a trailer for a film I’m very intrigued about, I am of course talking about Ant-Man. Now this is a film that I’ve been interested in since it was announced mainly because of Edgar Wright’s involvement, but since he left I’ve been curious to know how Peyton Reed picked up the pieces and shaped the film afterwards. So now we have out first look at the film, how does it look? Well read on and find out!

Check out the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? Looks interesting, but there’s nothing amazing here. Now before people start ripping into me, allow me to explain.

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So what happens in this trailer? Well it seems like former criminal, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is being recruited by scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to become the hero Ant-Man. It looks like Lang has a daughter he wants to protect, it also seems like he’s had a run-in the law, got locked up and released, and now looks to redeem himself as a force for good. As for Pym, it seems like he’s aware of who Scott is and see potential for him to become a hero and probably be a mentor/father figure. The first half of the trailer has few shots of Scott Lang and his daughter, Hank Pym in his lab, Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne) and Corey Stoll (Darren Cross) can be seen walking around and this is all on top of a narration from Pym talking to Lang about getting his act together and becoming a hero. After that we get the second half which is more action heavy where we see Lang in the Ant-Man suit, he shrinks and rides flying insects. We also see people fighting in prison, some sparring/fight session between Scott and Hope, Michael Peña is walking around with a serious face and a few other things are happening.

The one thing I did like about the trailer was the presentation. The film looks very pretty, the colour palette and camera work looks good and the visual effects used for Ant-Man’s shrinking ability and his movements while moving around at a small level looks really cool. Similar to the slow motion sequences in Dredd in terms of rich colours and enhanced lighting.

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The trailer was primarily serious and it was kind of hard to take seriously with the use of the name “Ant-Man” or seeing the protagonist ride a flying insect. But there were two nice moments of humour firstly with Lang’s response to becoming Ant-Man with “Huh.” And secondly at the end when he suggests to Pym “Is it too late to change the name?” Nice. The film is self-aware, I like that. While the trailer certainly looks interesting, for me as a fan of superhero films and films in general, this trailer didn’t get me overly excited for the final product. For me the point of a trailer is to get me hyped for the film when it eventually gets released and basically this trailer didn’t do much for me in the way that Avengers 2, Star Wars: Episode VII, Tomorrowland or Mad Max 4 did.

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In conclusion the first trailer for Ant-Man looks interesting, while it has certain standard codes and conventions of a standard superhero film, it does seem to have a story, with a setting and characters that look very different from the standard superhero film. There seems to be action and drama and the visuals look amazing. That being said, I can’t say that I was that moved by the trailer, I’m a little interested than I was before, however there was nothing that made me freak out with excitement, maybe that will change with the next trailer.

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Ant-Man? Are you more or less excited for the film than before? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review

Howdy people, time for an important film review in the form of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. It has been a long journey to the end of the Hobbit trilogy, the first film I liked a lot and the second film I liked a fair amount too, and now we have the final film in the series. I think that my interest in this film and the series has waned a fair amount since last year and I’m not sure why, but whatever it was, it wasn’t going to stop me from seeing this film. So how does The Battle of the Five Armies fare? Read on and find out.

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The storyline in nutshell goes like this:

“Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.”

The story in this film was serviceable. It done the job of tieing up all the loose ends from the previous films and leading us into the Lord of the Rings films. The film has a strong start continuing off from the last film, but then gets kind of boring with all the standing and talking, the pace felt very slow at times and my interest was dropping until the action picked up. My favourite moments of the film involved stories relating to Bilbo, Thorin and Gandalf, everyone else was either decent or uninteresting. There were times where it felt like there were too many things going on, with separate sets of characters in different locations, dealing with individual issues, just hopping forward and back continuously was kind of annoying, I just wanted to stay in one scene for longer than five minutes. I also can’t help but feel a sense of dissatisfaction for the way that this film turned out, the way Smaug was handled was very anti-climatic and disappointing, some of the ties to Lord of the Rings felt a bit too on the nose and forced and none of the epic moments in the film felt that breath-taking.

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The cast do a good job, but some definitely stand out more so than others. Martin Freeman continues to be one of the strongest elements of this trilogy of films as Bilbo Baggins. His performance is fabulous as it is humourous, confident and engaging and I think it is the small moments where he does things subtly with his face that makes the most amount of difference. Richard Armitage is great as Thorin Oakenshield, in this film Thorin deals with psychological demons that really changes his persona, makes me paranoid, aggressive and distant from all of his comrades and Armitage does such a great job with his material. Sir Ian McKellen, once again brings his A game as Gandalf the Grey, McKellen is one of those actors who just makes me happy to be watching an actor at work, the man is all-powerful and has a screen presence that not many other people do. Whether he is delivering monologues or chilling smoking his pipe, the is all-round awesomeness. Also thanks to additional screen time Graham McTavish was even better as Dwalin and Aidan Turner does a good job Kíli. I missed James Nesbitt as Bofur, he deserved more screen time.

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Orlando Bloom is once again good as Legolas, not as amazing as he was in the last film, but the guy still had some awesome moments and it seems like Bloom was having fun being a badass in this film. Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel was good, she had some cool action scenes and acted well, but I didn’t care for character as much as before. Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman was good, while his character is one of the people I cared for least, as a leader and one of the more vocal people in the battle for the Lonely Mountain he was pretty good. Lee Pace I liked more in this film as Thranduil and Pace was put to better use here than he was in Guardians of the Galaxy to a degree. I also enjoyed seeing Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Hugo Weaving as Elrond and Christopher Lee as Saruman the White. Oh and quick shout out to Billy Connolly as DĂĄin, he was cool.

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When it comes to the presentation, it is impressive, however, it isn’t perfect by any means. The cinematography is nice and the action sequences are vast, vivid, detailed and visually beautiful, especially with the use of CGI on Smaug and the large masses of combatants on the battlefield. That being said, the way some of these camera movements are done didn’t feel necessary and the overuse of CGI made it easy to notice the difference scenes and the not so detailed scenes. At times the CGI made the film feel very artificial and felt no different from watching a super impressive pre-rendered cut scene in a video game. The score from Howard Shore is good and covers all emotional basis with new material and ties to Lord of the Rings too, that being said there is nothing that stands out that I will remember from this film.

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In conclusion The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a satisfactory conclusion to this trilogy of films. I can’t deny that I was left a bit disappointed by this film, the story was good, the performances were great and the action was awesome, but none of it wowed me or felt new. If you loved the last Hobbit films then you’ll love this one, but for everyone else this film is a good ending, but not one that is amazing.

Rating: 7/10 (a decent finish to a decent trilogy)

So what did you think of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies? Was it better, on-par or worst than the last instalment and what do you think of the Hobbit trilogy in general? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Evangeline Lilly In Talks For Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man!

Good evening again people of the internet, I return to talk about the second bit of Marvel news as I promised in my last blog post about Captain America 2. The following info comes from superherohype:

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“Evangeline Lilly is in talks to join the cast of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man, Variety reports. The “LOST” and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug star is said to be up for a leading role in the July 17, 2015 release.

Although Lilly’s potential role is still a mystery, the trade suggests that she might either be playing a love interest to Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, the daughter of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym, or both. There is the possibility, too, that the role in question is that of Janet Van Dyne, who in the comics was a romantic interest to Pym and the alter-ego of the winsome Wasp.

Set to begin production shortly in Georgia, Ant-Man will be directed by Edgar Wright, who co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).

The film, which is supposed to launch “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will follow Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s May 1, 2015 release.”

Well this is certainly interesting. Marvel seem to be in the business of casting very interesting actors and actresses for their films and as we have seen in the past most of their choices have paid off. While I’ve not seen Lily in anything outside of the last Hobbit film, I thought she was great in the film having a great screen presence and doing well in her action scenes, in addition to that I have her good things about her in her previous TV and film roles. As to who she’ll be, I think the obvious choice in Janet van Dyne aka Wasp, I mean who else could it be right? I might Marvel might pull a fast one on us, plus I’m not sure of how many females reside within the Ant-Man comics so there could be another female role or could be a made up character entirely. But I think it is safe to assume Lily could be Wasp and I would be down with that.

What do you lot think? Please leave your thoughts below yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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My Epic The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

So here we are in December with the second instalment in the Hobbit series of films with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. While I have been waiting for this film for ages, with all the other big films that were also coming out earlier this year I had forgotten about this one for a while. But now considering how lame 2013 has been for films in general, I need a film that’s gonna be truly awesome. So is The Desolation of Smaug the one? Read on and find out.

The storyline in nutshell continues the events of An Unexpected Journey, in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins travels with the wizard Gandalf and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug.

Unlike the first film where the film felt the need to make obviously tie-ins to the Lord of the Rings films and had a lot of slow pacing issues, this film throws you right into the story and is delivered a lot quicker while still providing moments of humour, action and drama. This feels a lot more like the Middle-Earth adventures that fans knew from before thanks to the much-needed injection of a proper threat, elves and proper foreshadowing. Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves’ adventures gets ever more complicated thanks to the evil that rises in the shadows with villains new and old on show for them to overcome and it is simply fascinating and entertaining to watch. While I still don’t think the story was as powerful as anything LOTR has done and the film only really gets interesting once the elves show up, otherwise the story is a solid improvement.

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The cast in this film is nothing short of fantastic as members new and old deliver some great performances. Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins has certainly grown since the last film, he’s more cunning, confident and courageous, but still has great funny scenes thanks to Freeman’s comedic timing. Sir Ian McKellen is still as awesome as ever as Gandalf the Grey, McKellen’s acting talents know no bounds as he has some really cool scenes and dialogue too. Richard Armitage is still a badass as Thorin Oakenshield, you can see that he is a man still on a mission and will stop at nothing to get his homeland back. Armitage still has an incredible screen presence and offers a lot of varied emotions for Thorin in this film. Also Graham McTavish as Dwalin and Ken Stott as Balin were awesome thanks to some additional screen time, the same can also be said for Aidan Turner as KĂ­li and James Nesbitt as Bofur too.

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So after years of doing nothing of importance, Orlando Bloom returns as Legolas and my god he is BADASS! This is a very different kind of Legolas, he’s much more of brute and he’s not as chilled out as he is in LOTR, but that’s what makes him so cool in this film and it is great to see Bloom in a role that suits him so well. Then there’s Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, I think I’m in love. Tauriel is a beautiful as she is deadly, Lily is great giving us a character who is tough, perceptive, but also a bit of a free spirit too. Luke Evans is another good addition to this world as Bard the Bowman, Evans had a great deal of charisma for his role and was definitely someone not to be messed with and you could understand what the deal was with this character considering his history. Also Lee Pace as Thranduil is a lot better this time because of the additional screen time he gets to show off why he is who he is, he is very calm and yet cruel, uncaring of other but very protective of his kind, Pace was really cool. Even Stephen Fry is good as Master of Lake-town.

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But the main person we need to talk about is Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, MY GOD! I swear everything he touches turns to gold. Cumberbatch basically delivers a gorgeous, charismatic and intense performance which makes you believe that Cumberbatch is truly invincible. Smaug is this beast of a dragon who is such confident, intimidating, scary and badass kind of villain you need in these types of films. The voice alone is enough to send shivers down your spine, but I think in addition to the motion capture Benedict kind, it just adds to the overall performance. Best person in the film by miles!

When it comes to the presentation, one word comes to mind… GORGEOUS! I think you tell that I’m talking about the visuals here haha. Honestly I thought Gravity was the most visually impressive film I’ve ever seen, but The Desolation of Smaug proves once again that fantasy beats reality any day. An Unexpected Journey was already looked incredible, but this film provided some simply stunning material with a great use of action, locations and CGI. And speaking of the CGI, the visual effects used for Smaug are nothing short of AMAZING! Never has there been a dragon portrayed in such a magnificent, grand and scary manner before, the scale, motion-capture and movements looked so astonishing, the film is worth watch just for him alone. I also want to touch upon the fact that I watched this in IMAX 3D in 48 frames and the end result is kind of mixed. While it is definitely an interesting concept, I don’t think the world need this doubled-up frame rate, it looks fin in scene that don’t move that face, but in scenes with a lot of movement, everything moves far too quickly and looks unnatural. Also the soundtrack by Howard Shore is sounds really good with some nice tie-ins to his previous themes in LOTR but also provides some really epic and beautiful new compositions in this film.

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In conclusion The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a bloody fine film which improves upon the last film with better pacing, better characters new and old, a more in-depth story, and an incredible dragon that should rock your world. This film is a visual treat and should definitely be seen in IMAX, and while it’s no LOTR, nor did it blow me knock my socks off in the way I wanted it to, The Desolation of Smaug is worth watching, no doubt about it. Again, HAIL CUMBERBATCH! 😀

Rating: 9/10 (Benedict Cumberbatch + Smaug the dragon = Awesomeness)

So what did you think of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? Was it better, on-par or worst than the last instalment in your opinion? Whatever your thoughts, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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