The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

Peter Jackson is not Tolkien.

I know I’m stating the obvious there but after seeing The Hobbit I’m not sure Peter Jackson is aware of this fact.

He’s a talented filmmaker, to be sure; dedicated and visionary and able to produce amazing, epic films. But he isn’t the storyteller Tolkien was and . . . → more

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Rating: 4.5 of 5  

Whatever flaws I found in this movie (and there were more than a few) I have to give Peter Jackson credit for taking such an unwieldy storyline, full of several different threads built up through the trilogy and wrapping them up so satisfyingly.

Yes, it was kind of choppy.

Yes, it ended . . . → more

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Rating: 4 of 5  

At first I was upset at what this movie was and then I saw the extended version of this movie and surprisingly enough, I found forgiveness. Now, ironically, it’s probably the one I’ve seen the most.

My major grievances with the theatrical version of this movie were as follows: Faramir, Elrond, Arwen, . . . → more

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Rating: 4.5 of 5  

Of course most everyone loved this movie. Because J.R.R. Tolkien created such deep, rich, complex characters. And he did something amazing with them that just doesn’t happen now – he gave them nobility. I tried looking that word up for it’s precise meaning and it didn’t help me any. But Frodo’s fierce . . . → more