Tag Archives: Peter Jackson

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 Adventures of Tintin did not impress

4 Jan


The Adventures of Tintin was a popular stop motion animated film in 2011 that did well at the box office and was well received by audiences from around the world, but I don’t share the same enthusiasm about Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s animated tale about Belgian artist, Herge’s comic character, Tintin. To be honest, I did not see the theatrical 3D version of the film. I watch the movie on Netflix and I was not impressed.  There was nothing remarkable about the script and the story lacked suspense. Tintin is repeatedly upstaged by Captain Haddock’s volume and physical humor while Snowy (Tin Tin’s dog) becomes the most interesting character to watch. The film’s villan, Sakharine oddly enough looks like a young Steven Spielberg, which I found funny, but I realize this humor is lost on younger audiences. Although, most children will be satisfied with the film, I believe Jackson and Spielberg are capable of something much better.


Chuck’s Grade: C

Adam’s Grade: C+

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey does not live up to the hype

17 Dec


Director Peter Jackson’s first installment of the much anticipated J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, The Hobbit does not live up to the hype, but it does not mean audiences are going to turn their backs on the second and third parts of the series.  On the contrary, The Hobbit was a respectable film that gave an honest interpretation to the Tolkien’s text, but it probably wasn’t the best decision in this case because of the slow moving exposition, the intentional children friendly sequences, and the repetitive Gandalf to the rescue episodes.

The dwarfs are a fun group to follow, even though you have no idea who is who, and the reprise roles of Cate Blanchet, Hugo Weaving, and Christopher Lee are welcomed back with great enthusiasm, but the anchor that holds the ship from going off course is the appearance of Gollum and the famous riddle game. The Hobbit will be a successful franchise and I expect better things to come.


Chuck’s Grade: B

Adam’s Grade: C-

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+