14 December 2013

Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Review

More walking! Despite being dropped by eagles at the end of the first film, who could have quite easily taken them directly to the mountain! This is like three films in one, as the dwarves, who are still running from the orcs, end up going through a dark forrest chased by spiders and captured by elves. Meanwhile Gandalf goes off to investigate if the 9 Kings of Men have been resurrected, which they have, and that leads to the discovery of Sauron being back in action (link to Lord of the Rings). Meanwhile again the dwarves have escaped in barrels down a river, again being pursued by orcs, getting ever closer to the mountain and Smaug the Dragon! The third part of the film is based entirely in the mountain facing off against the dragon, but it ends on a cliff hanger! Even more action that the first, but there is some very dodgy CGI in parts, it almost feels slightly too long at 2hr 45mins, but just manages to keep you engrossed for the whole time. We didn't bother with 3D or HFR versions this time, as last time it disappointed on both fronts.

Ben 8 out of 10
Barry 8 out of 10

7 December 2013

Frozen Film Review

Well Disney seems to be back on form under John Lasseter of Pixar fame. Based on The Snow Queen, this is more Tangled than Wreck-It Ralph (as the poster says). Usual Disney princess film, filled with some great songs and funny sidekick snowman. Two sisters, one with ice powers lose their parents and are left to rule, but after a nasty freezing incident accident when they were younger the sisters seal the palace and live in fear. Until finally the coronation of the new queen, when her powers are revealed and she runs away. This is then a journey of going to find her. Really well animated, and probably would have been good in 3D, the songs however are something else, with very memorable and powerful lyrics in "Let It Go". A perfect winter christmassy movie for all.

Ben 7 out of 10
Barry 7 out of 10