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My rating system:
5 stars = favorite movie
4,5 stars = outstanding, masterpiece
4 stars = great, excellent
3.5 = very good
3 stars = good, decent entertainment
2,5 stars = average, alright
2 = below average, rather meh
1.5 = rather bad
1 = really bad
0.5 = horrid crap
I am mostly here to rate movies I watched and create an archive of everything I've seen, but I'll be glad to talk about movies or anything with people who share a similar taste.
And so our visit to Middle Earth ends. With a bang? Sure. With disappointment? I fear so.
The first two parts of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy already got complaints similar to the Star Wars prequels, the final installment will probably be no exception. The difference being: the last chapter of Bilbo's story actually deserves quite some of the criticism.
It starts with the way the films were split in two. That throws us in medias res in Smaug's attack on Lake Town but also makes it hard to get into the story at first. It probably works much better when watching it back to back, but after a break of a year you'll have a hard time being as blown away by the dragon fire as you were last Christmas.
After that, the film wastes little time and takes big steps towards the big showdown of the five armies. The major battle ultimately delivers great action in cool locations, but the initial conflict seems so forced that the stakes never feel as big as they did when the King returned. It doesn't help that there are major plot holes, characters and creatures appearing and disappearing at random or changing locations. It all just feels so much more artificial than it used to in the first trilogy. Of course some of the fights are awesome and the effects are great, it all just fails to deliver the emotional punches that made the last finale so engaging and moving.
Of course, that is a personal opinion and entirely depends on how much you care about certain dwarves' fates, but fact is: there is not enough Hobbit in The Hobbit. Freeman's scenes always work, he's also responsible for the most moving parts of the showdown aftermath. Before that, Tolkien purists will find plenty of cringe-worthy Legolas stunts, more jump & run sequences and a character that is entirely made of CGI for no reason whatsoever.
Why the pretty good rating then, you ask? Because it's Middle Earth. The last minutes of goodbye to the series are really well executed, every thread of connection to the Lord of The Rings, even if it's just hints in Shore's score, sends shivers down your spine. It's a bittersweet ending, considering it all ends here and probably could have been a so much more compelling and moving finale. The visuals, the production design, the cinematography are top notch, the action really huge and fun when it's not bordering hilarity. I just expected a little more. Or was it less?
Probably takes some liberties in telling a true news story from the 80s, but does it with such a charm and big heart that you can't help but like the result. Of course that's somewhat predictable, but the decent cast and lovable message make it work. They didn't make films like that for a while, but sometimes this is exactly what you need on a dark winter afternoon. Kids will love it, for sure.
Disney did not only create a very unique and incredibly detailed location with their San Fransokyo, they also came up with characters you instantly care about. The result is a super hero team origin story that is celebrating science and its geeks, always laughing with them, never at them. The animation is the best and most impressive seen on film to date, the action is well-timed, the jokes are funny and the emotions grab you right by the collar. It isn't until after the movie that you realize that story followed somewhat known paths. Adults may have an easy time predicting the plot, but they can still enjoy the many Easter eggs and how much fun their young companions will have with this colorful, lovable and highly entertaining ride.
This action thriller may not reinvent the wheel but it delivers exciting and engaging entertainment for two hours, even adds some surprising pinches of humor. Cruise remains one of the most convincing leading men in the business, filling the role of the smart tough guy with obvious joy. Particularly bizarre and terrifying is Werner Herzog's mastermind villain. Much more rewarding than expected! Genre fans can do no wrong here.
What could have been a tongue-in-cheek, spectacular action show feels like a Botox commercial with everyone patting themselves on the back, Stallone most of all. Characters appear and disappear without reason, just for cheap laughs, after the initial sacrifice no good guy is ever in real danger and just blasts through the dozens of faceless minions that happen to cross their paths. That's as exciting as a postcard of Des Moines, Iowa and as funny as a heart attack. The ironic appearances by Schwarzenegger and Willis hint at what could have been. But what we got is stupid, self-righteous dreck.