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What’s Wrong with The Hobbit

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 12/18/2013 by McCutcheon

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Written by Bryce Waller

After my second viewing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug tonight, I am finally ready to write this article. Some of these words will be hard to write, but I have to be honest with myself, and honest with you…my peeps.

Let it be known that I did enjoy this film, I just think it could have been much better.  It is pretty hard not to enjoy this film even if you haven’t read the book or seen any of the original LOTR films. Also, please note that there WILL BE SPOILERS Continue reading

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 12/13/2013 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Luke Goss, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, and Benedict Cumberbatch

Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images, Running time 161 minutes, Adventure/Fantasy/Drama

Compare to: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Beowulf (2007)

It seems impossible for Peter Jackson to make a film under two and half hours these days. It’s not really surprising given the length of the other four middle earth movies are, but does this one feel like the same duration that it is? Well, that depends on whether or not you’ve got to pee.

So while last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey may have had one too many nods to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy that made us so familiar with Middle Earth, Desolation picks up where the last one left us and never really misses a beat. Continue reading