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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG does not live up to its title

13 Jan


Many people exclaim the second installment is much better than the first film, but I do not think that justifies a favorable review for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I do not know whose greed is worse, the dwarves trying to steal the Arkenstone, Smaug and his liar of stolen goods, or Hollywood’s penchant for drawing out this modest size story into an unnecessary trilogy length of films. I am angry at Peter Jackson  and this franchise in general. The first film was boring and the second film accomplished absolutely nothing accept ticket sales for Peter Jackson and the addition of characters that do not belong and a storyline that do not exist. I’m serious. I am angry with this irresponsible greed.  However, at this point I feel obligated to see the third film because the first two films have not given me a satisfactory movie to enjoy. The Desolation of Smaug does not live up to its title.


Chuck’s Grade: D

Adam’s Grade: B

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King rightfully ascends to the throne.

16 Dec


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King successfully concludes director Peter Jackson’s seven year quest to complete the J.R.R. Tolkien’s tale. He ties up all the unanswered questions while strengthen the film’s climatic struggle of good versus evil. Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mount Doom while the rest of the company prepares for the final assault from Sauron’s armies. Audiences leave the theater satisfied with the final installment, even though the film is a little too long and its multiple endings become comical by the time Sam returns to the Shire. In the end, Jackson triumphs with dynamic battle sequences, special effects, and good storytelling. His decision to introduce Smeagol before finding the ring helps give Gollum some needed depth, but it also started the whispers of a possible Hobbit film. There is no denying Jackson’s genius and passion, which is rewarded with eleven Academy Awards. The Return of the King rightfully ascends to the throne.


Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: A-

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers takes a while to build

15 Dec


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is almost as good as the first film, but for much different reasons. Director Peter Jackson honors each of the three storylines and its characters adventures, while at the same time introducing new characters. Jackson makes some tweaks to the book, which I think for the most part work, especially changing up Faramir’s character, but he also is confronted with some pacing problems with the King Theoden of Rohan and Treebeard of Fangorn forest. Both sequences seem to drag along after awhile.

The film’s main strength is the ground breaking special effects associated with Gollum and the climatic battle scene at Helm’s Deep. The execution of the CGI and the motion capture suit brings the film to another level of creativity, while the film’s ending keeps audiences at the edge of their seats.

The Two Towers takes a while to build, but in the end it sees the light.


Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: B+

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is precious

14 Dec


The first installment of the blockbuster franchise, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was a success on many levels, even though the film’s special effects are beginning to look dated compared to the The Hobbit. Director Peter Jackson took on the daunting task of bringing to life J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy adventure about wizards, elves, dwarves, hobbits, man, and the fate of Middle Earth. Everyone has their favorites, but the fellowship is adeptly cast and Jackson reveals enough about each character to leave a lasting impression that inspired new audiences to read the books for the first time and old fans to revisit the “sacred” text.

This film is my favorite of the trilogy because the fellowship characters are together for most of the adventure. The balance between the light and dark moments keeps the film dynamic and the choice to film it in New Zealand was a masterful stroke. The Fellowship of the Ring is precious.


Chuck’s Grade: A

Adam’s Grade: A