The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

As I said in my last post I have really been looking forward to this film as I enjoyed the first one so much.  I think Peter Jackson is taking the piss with 3 film and he could remove some of the walking and eating from the films but at the same time I really enjoy the films so roll on part 3.

I’ll start with the caveat that I am a big fantasy/myth and magic fan, so this was always going to be a film that appealed to me.  That out of the way this was a fantastic film, it did have a little lull partway through and I spent about 20 mins trying to remember Evangeline Lilly’s name which I couldn’t but spotted her in the credits at the end and it clicked.

There were a couple of forced moments in the film where they introduced us to characters like Legolas, who was only mentioned briefly in the books but featured quite heavily in the movie, however these weren’t all that bad unless you’d read the books and were a die hard fan.

You could really see the progression in the characters from Bilbo struggling with the power of the ring to Thorin struggling with the dwarven greed for all things shiny. The other characters seemed to take a back seat during the film other than the title character of Smaug.

Smaug is by far my favourite part of the film, the CGI is truly amazing and the way Smaug behaves and talks with Bilbo is superb. He knows he is top of the food chain and no filthy thief or dwarf is going to take his treasure.

Overall I’d give The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 9/10

2013 films in review

So 2013 has come and has gone and as such I thought I’d take a look back over the top films I enjoyed this year and the ones I missed which I really must go back and see or in the case of December that I will watch in the new year. I’ve tried to keep the lists to one film a month and have failed, especially in July when all the blockbusters were dropping.

My favourite films of 2013:

January:  Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty

February:  Flight, Wreck-it Ralph

March: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

April: Oblivion, Iron Man 3 (at a push)

May: Star Trek: Into Darkness

June:  Man of Steel, Despicable Me 2, World War Z

July: Now You See Me, The Internship, Monsters University, The Wolverine

August: Kick-Ass 2, Planes, Pain and Gain

September: RIPD

October: The Fifth Estate, Thor: The Dark World

November: Gravity, The Family

Films I missed but would like to see:

January:  Les Miserables

February: Cloud Atlas

April: Bernie

September: Runner Runner

October: Captain Phillips, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

November: Last Vegas

December: Frozen, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Anchorman 2, 47 Ronin, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Best film of the year:

This is quite a hard choice for me as I am expecting to really enjoy The Hobbit but as I haven’t see that yet I would probably have to say… (insert drum roll here)

Star Trek: Into Darkness