Movie – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: B+

hobbit desolation of smaugB+
Perhaps my love of the first Hobbit was excessive. Possibly, I overlooked its faults due to my love of The Lord of the Rings. But this time, I just couldn’t get past some things. It wasn’t about the titular Hobbit, but rather out-of-theme wizard duels, forced love triangles, and epic end-of-the-world stakes. While Bilbo proclaimed his famous, “I’m going on an adventure!” in Unexpected Journey, he now is forced to wade through a grimdark epic instead. That said, there were moments when the light adventure story I longed for came out, most notably during the river-riding scene, one of the best cinematic moments of the year. And Smaug’s scenes with Bilbo were stupendous, though Smaug’s video game boss fight with the dwarves was decidedly not. Everything padding the film so as to trilogy-ify the story did nothing but bog it down, but even more so than part one.

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Movie – Immortals: C+


C+
As everyone expected, Immortals was lots of neat looking things running around incoherently. I like reinterpretations of classic Greek myth and a few of them in the movie (like the Minotaur) worked as scenes, but not very well into the overall structure. The God of War video game series had a better story (which is saying a lot, it being an action game) and it even presented better visuals. I felt the limited Pantheon in Immortals detracted as well.