Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella

Cinderella: A Beautiful, Dead-Horse-Beating Film

Ella (Lily James) is forced into servitude by her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her stepsisters, Drisella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger), after the death of her father. Just when everything seems hopeless, however, she meets Kit (Richard Madden), her kingdom’s prince, who must choose a bride at the ball. Continue reading “Cinderella: A Beautiful, Dead-Horse-Beating Film”

The Hobbit 3 (2014)

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Is A Mess

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin (Richard Armitage), and the dwarfs recover the dwarf city of Erebor while the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) lays waste to Lake Town. After Bard (Luke Evans) defeats Smaug, everyone in Middle-earth turns their eyes toward Erebor and Thorin’s inherited treasure. Thorin must then face his greatest enemies—Thranduil (Lee Pace), Azog the Defiler and his orcs, and the greed for treasure that overcomes him. Continue reading “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Is A Mess”

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

How to Train Your Dragon 2: Dragon Is Man’s Best Friend

The Viking village of Berk is united with dragons, thanks to the friendship between Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon, Toothless. With everything going so well, Hiccup’s father and chief of Berk, Stoick (Gerard Butler), has decided to step down and let his son rule. Hiccup, however, isn’t ready to be chief. Continue reading “How to Train Your Dragon 2: Dragon Is Man’s Best Friend”

George Clooney and Hugh Bonneville in The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men Isn’t Exactly “Monumental”

Well, this is a sad day for me. I had high hopes for this movie. I even put it on my most anticipated list for this year. And I walked out of the theater…disappointed. I should’ve guessed as much when The Monuments Men was moved to February, away from its original December release, which would’ve made it Oscar-bait. Why else would Clooney have pushed his pet project back, unless he knew it wasn’t as good as the other awards nominees? But we’ll get to that in a moment. Continue reading “The Monuments Men Isn’t Exactly “Monumental””

The Hobbit #2

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Long and Lacking a Lot of Gandalf

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and a band of dwarfs are on the run from a horde of orcs. When they finally reach the forests of Mirkwood, Gandalf separates from the group, needing to investigate the Necromancer of Dol Guldur. Meanwhile, Bilbo and the dwarfs get into some trouble with a nest of spiders before stumbling into the hands of Thranduil (Lee Pace), elf leader of Mirkwood. They then escape to Lake Town right outside of the Lonely Mountain, where they finally come face-to-face with the treasure-obsessed dragon, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Continue reading “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Long and Lacking a Lot of Gandalf”

The Hobbit (2012)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey into the History of Middle-earth

As an avid reader of Tolkien’s books and an avid watcher of The Lord of the Rings films, it’s hard for me to divide my thoughts about this movie into binary states of awesome and not awesome because I appreciate staying true to the source material while also understanding that book-to-film interpretations often require extra elements from outside source material. So let’s not waste any more time…
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