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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 Dáin, 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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Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for a film review I was meant to have done last week Friday, I am of course talking about the film that’s on fire in the cinema right now, Guardians of the Galaxy. At this point in time I’ve already seen the film twice and I’m not going to hide the fact that I think this film is incredible and I’m going to tell you why in this review!

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The story for this film can be described as the following:

“Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.”

The story in this film basically involves a group of misfits from very different backgrounds coming together to become something more and take out a common enemy. Yes this a type of story that has been done many times in the past and very recently with Marvel’s Avengers film that came out two years ago, but this film is so delightfully different in its execution that it easily stands on its own two feet. Guardians of the Galaxy is not only a very different kind of Marvel film but also a different brand of superhero film too. And in a way I wouldn’t even brand it in the superhero genre as this film is clearly of the science fiction genre and it has all the great codes and conventions of what makes the genre so fun to watch. The film is incredibly strange and quirky, it is not typical in any way, there is so much unexpected moments for humour spread throughout and luckily the humour isn’t over-bearing as it has a reason for being there. In addition to the comedy there is a surprising amount of heart to this film. I feel like Marvel Studios are diving deeper into emotional territories and producing very intriguing stories with intimate character moments that are well-crafted and engaging. This film has a great balance of humour and seriousness, and that’s the thing that I think will surprise people. For all the comedic moments there are also some moments to think and reflect, be melancholy and a lot more.

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The performances were all great and the core team of heroes are probably the best set of characters together since the Avengers were assembled. Firstly Chris Pratt just ruled as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, he is a man with history and now lives life on the edge sleeping with women and obtaining special treasures. It is not until he sees the danger of the item he holds that he decides to do something that benefits the galaxy and not just himself by assembling his group of misfits. Pratt has so much energy and charisma and it makes for such an engaging, funny and well-rounded performance. Zoe Saldana as Gamora is awesome, she is deadly, sexy and a totally cool warrior. Gamora is clearly a woman with a troubled past and wants to start life anew but happens have run into some complications along the way involving her sister and Quill. Saldana is no stranger to action and sci-fi and she is so beautiful and good in this role. Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon was pretty much the best thing ever. The character is the source of so much humour but also so much drama as well. Every line Rocket had been super memorable and funny as hell and Cooper’s delivery of his lines are so good as well. Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot was great, I know he just says “I am Groot” all the time, but the different ways in which he said it was very cool and versatile and just hearing Diesel scream and shout was so cool and reminiscent of The Iron Giant. One surprise for me was Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer as he was a lot more enjoyable in the role than I expected. Drax is a maniac driven by revenge and hatred, but he is also very literal and simple-minded and loves chaos. I loved how many funny lines and moments this character had and I really liked what Bautista did with this role, that being said there was some moments where the delivery of his lines could have been better.

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Lee Pace as Ronan The Accuser was pretty decent, he was an evil, corrupt and power-hungry individual who ultimately wanted to rule over all the inhabitants of the galaxy, he was a serviceable villain, but did fall into the trap of Nero from Star Trek and Malekith from Thor: The Dark World in the sense that he ends up not being as well-developed or as interesting as the heroes he is fighting against. Karen Gillan as Nebula was totally hot and great as this female villain who clearly has sibling rivalry with Gamora and hearing about her history with Gamora and Thanos makes her seems really intriguing. Another person of interest is Michael Rooker as Yondu, Rooker is always a joy to watch and he was just as enjoyable as ever here as a man who is closely linked to Quill’s history and a man who looks out for number one and takes out anyone in his way. Rooker was so funny, cool and charismatic, he was such a joy to watch. Benicio Del Toro was great as Taneleer Tivan / The Collector, I feel like he was a little more serious and less cartoony than he was in Thor: The Dark World. I really liked Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, he was intimidating and badass as hell. Even though it his inclusion was small, Josh Brolin as Thanos was totally cool and gave us a wonderful look into what to expect from the Mad Titan in the future. And finally the performances from Glenn Close and John C. Reilly as Commander Rael and Rhomann Dey are pretty good too.

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When it comes to the presentation I think it is incredible on both the audio and visible side of things. Visually the film is incredibly unique, distinct and just bursting with colour and detail. Along with the story, the cinematography and CGI work on space, planets and even the characters instill a great sense of wonder and mystery to the film and anyone who is well versed in sci-fi will feel glimpses of Star Wars, the J.J. Abrams Star Trek films and Serenity too. The soundtrack maybe just as impressive if not more so than the visuals. This film is filled to the max with nostalgic songs from the 1960’s and 70’s and it is a very eclectic soundtrack which is very unconventional when it comes to Marvel films, but it works on three levels, a) Because of Peter Quill’s love for the music he grew up with, b) It adds to the film’s quirky nature and c) For those who are old enough, it is like stepping into the past and having a crazy nostalgia rush with some really good music. In addition to the great selection of songs, the score by Tyler Bates is pretty good and has some beautiful and epic moments throughout.

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In conclusion the Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely a different kind of superhero film, in a way it hardly a superhero film at all. It is truly a film of the science fiction genre with all sorts of humour, action and fun.  and I can’t wait to see it again lol.

Rating: 8.5/9 out of 10 (Seriously liked this film a lot though I’m not sure it is 9 material yet)

So what did you think of the Guardians of the Galaxy? Did it live up to your expectations or not? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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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 Kíli 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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Lee Pace Says He’s Auditioning for Guardians of the Galaxy on Monday

Alrighty then, now we’re hearing some information about Guardians of the Galaxy from one of the potential lead characters in the form of Lee Pace, and it looks like he has some interesting things to say in this superherohype article below:

“Last week we learned about eight actors that were on the short list for the lead role of Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Marvel’s new franchise Guardians of the Galaxy. Among the list was actor Lee Pace (The Hobbit films, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, “Pushing Daisies”). MTV spoke with Pace about the role and he said he’s going in to audition for the part on Monday.

“I’m very excited about it. The script is great. The character is a lot of fun.”

When asked if he’s been doing his homework and reading up on Star-Lord he replied: “I have been, You want to know what you’re doing. The character is a lot of fun. I hope it works out.”

The rest of supposed contenders for the role are Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”), James Marsden (X-Men), Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom).

The Quill character is likely to be the central protagonist of the film. Raised on Earth, Quill learns that his father was from outer space and is drawn into an intergalactic conflict that eventually leads to him becoming the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Also said to be on the movie team’s roster are the characters Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon and Gamora. Check back for casting details on those roles as they emerge.”

It seems like Pace is really interested in the Marvel character and really wants to land this role. It’s always refreshing to hear actors who are actually interested in the roles that they’re going to take on and he seems like a nice guy. When I first saw his name come up in the actors up for the role I saw that he was attached the Twilight films I wasn’t interested in him at all, that is until I saw that he was attached to The Hobbit which automatically puts him back in my line of interest. Well since he’s been the most vocal about the part so far I do hope he gets the part.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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Learn Who’s in the Running to Play Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Okay now this is more like it, there really hasn’t been too much information on Guardians of the Galaxy for a while now. Besides learning that James Gunn was going to write and direct the film, there hasn’t been much information in terms of the story and characters involved. However now we finally have some information about casting and superherohype provides us with information about the actors up for a crucial role:

“Quite arguably Marvel Studios’ most offbeat property to date, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is now in the casting stage and today Deadline has learned of eight actors up for the role of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord.

According to the site, the current list of names auditioning for the part includes Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”), James Marsden (X-Men), Lee Pace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom).

The Quill character is likely to be the central protagonist of the film. Raised on Earth, Quill learns that his father was from outer space and is drawn into an intergalactic conflict that eventually leads to him becoming the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Also said to be on the movie team’s roster are the characters Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon and Gamora. Check back for casting details on those roles as they emerge.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set for release on August 1, 2014.”

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Well there are some interesting choices, the only actors I am familiar with this Garrett Hedlund from On The Road and Tron: Legacy, Jack Huston from Boardwalk Empire and James Marsden from the previous X-Men trilogy. I also find it interesting that Eddie Redmayne is in the running for this role and Harry Osborn in the next Spider-Man film, he gets about doesn’t he? But in terms of who I’d like to see in the role I’d say Huston would be awesome because of his work in Boardwalk Empire, but recently Hedlund has proved himself as a capable actor in On The Road so I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the role either. Marsden doesn’t really seem like the leader type, I wasn’t really kind on his portrayal of Cyclops in the X-Men films so yeah not really keen on him there. As for the rest of those guys I don’t know much about them to comment so good luck to them.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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