Tag: fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Posted April 24, 2016 : Chris Hemsworth, Review

I really, really wanted to love Huntsman: Winter’s War. Really. Like one of my new favorite movies kind of love. It’s fantasy action adventure which is like my perfect genre. It’s pretty and well made. It has an AMAZING song in the trailer (and I love good trailers). I wanted it to be as good as that song. As exciting. As full of passion and danger and fearlessness. It is full of interesting female characters who drive the story. And it stars Chris Hemsworth! How is this not one of the best movies ever made? Because it isn’t. And you […]

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Posted December 20, 2014 : Orlando Bloom, Review

I went into this film with an open mind. No, that’s a lie. I did go into it wanting to be proved wrong; hoping Peter Jackson would impress me with how he pulled it all off. Didn’t work out so well. The story ends before the title card! I’m sorry that’s kind of a spoiler, but really if it happens BEFORE THE TITLE CARD OF THE FILM can it really be considered a spoiler? If so, then I apologize. I was admittedly rolling my eyes a few times rather liberally after that start. Because my trust in this film was […]

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Posted December 14, 2013 : Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Review

Be forewarned: my review of the second Hobbit film is kind of vague and philosophical more than my usual analysis. Because there’s not much to say. This has the feel of a story pulled apart and so half formed. There’s new characters but no depth in their relationships or interactions. Tauriel’s relationship with Legolas and his relationship with his father and all the possible intricacies and tension and… we’re given nothing. Even though I think the elves (and the credit song) are the best part of the whole thing. There’s action and great production values, but there was no doubt […]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Posted December 16, 2012 : Elijah Wood, Review

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.

Mirror, Mirror
Posted November 18, 2012 : Review

When the two Snow White movies were coming out last year, I was curious about both.

Snow White and the Huntsman
Posted June 4, 2012 : Chris Hemsworth, Review

I’m predisposed not to like Kristen Stewart. But I really wanted to like Snow White and the Huntsman so I hoped, at the very least, she’d be good enough not to ruin it. I thought: Please let her be flat. Please let her be unemotional. I’m ok with either of those. (I ought to have just come out and said, let her be Jessica Biel but it only just occured to me). If I’d had any foresight

Beastly
Posted September 20, 2011 : Review

How many critics, do you think, used the title of this film to describe the film itself?

Red Riding Hood
Posted September 3, 2011 : Review

Going in, this movie had a lot stacked against it. I don’t like Catherine Hardwick. I don’t like Amanda Seyfried. I did not expect much.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Posted July 16, 2011 : Review

It’s a luxury to make a movie like this because all of the emotional resonance and significance has been created in the prior seven films. The characters are already strong because they’ve

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Posted December 9, 2010 : Review

Dawn Treader is heavy handed, simplistic and weakly written, beautiful but not really interesting. But before I begin my review, I feel like I need to set the context.