I think my biggest gripe with The Hobbit, (apart from the fact that it was a very long movie where little actually happens) is why Bilbo agrees to go on the journey. The viewer never understands why Bilbo accepts the call to action until the final scene of the film - which is pretty weak. We see his refusal of the call to action several times in the first 45 minutes, but never his acceptance of the call. He just randomly picks up the map and dashes off to catch up. Why? What made him say, 'okay, fuck it. I've got nothing else to do.' It's pretty careless filmmaking to overlook, arguably, the most important story-telling plot device, especially when Jackson spent as much attention to every other aspect from the first six chapters of the book - as well as plenty of other shit that wasn't.
If I were to grade the film objectively, I probably would give it a C-. It's not terrible, just flawed - and at times, over-the-top cheesy.
Post by Friendly Destroyer on Dec 31, 2012 11:10:47 GMT -8
We saw The Silver Lining Playbook last night. It was fantastic! Probably my favorite movie of 2012. I still haven't seen the Master which is the only other movie that could probably outshine David O. Russell's incredible film making. The guy may be an asshole, but damn is he ever good. Bradley Cooper was also phenomenal and would be my pick for Best Actor.
Post by Geoffrey Jellineck on Dec 31, 2012 13:36:11 GMT -8
Beasts of the Southern Wild Chasing Ice Suspiria (1977) Moonrise Kingdom Paranorman Safety Not Guaranteed The Cabin in the Woods Jeff, Who Lives at Home Frankenweenie Hellraiser 1 & 2 Super 8 Life of Pi Silent House (except the awful last 15 mintues)
Still Need to See: Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Bernie Django Sleepwalk With Me Cloud Atlas