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Not a movie for Tolkien fans, charitably perhaps a movie for Jackson fans. Poor dialogue, some naff special effects (hobbit feet are pretty bad), poorly thought through innovations in the plot, yet another cheesy cameo (Billy Connelly playing a cartoon Glaswegian). Probably the weakest of all of the Middle-Earth movies.
A pretty good light-hearted Hollywood adventure movie with space ships and red/blue/green skinned women who fight like ninjas. With a few corny gags thrown in and some terrible 1980s music for a touch of nostalgia. And the furry alien was not exactly Jah Jah Binks so that was a relief. A little romance here, a little deus ex machina to save the day there. A bad guy who's a big bully but not to bright. Outlaws who make good, blah blah. Good old fashioned American values seem to be standard throughout the galaxy apparently. Story line full of holes, of course, but it's doesn't jar too much. Special effects everywhere and biased to make the most of 3D but that gives me a headache, so I watched in 2D which was fine.
Hollywood hitting all the *formula* buttons and doing OK. Go see it if you like that kind of thing.
I bought this because it had Captain Janeway in it and I'd seen her rhapsodising in an interview. After an unpromising start it turns out quite well. I was unprepared for the fairly graphic porn in the first few episodes. And it looked like it was going to be a moderately funny rom/sit-com. The stereotyping is fairly gross most of the time - gender and racial.
But it improves as time goes on. The smut is toned down and the characters start to emerge. The main character turns out to be quite a divided personality. Her brother provides an interesting contrast and some back story.
Overall I found it an interesting story. Prison is a pressure cooker that forces Chapman/Kerman to confront her self (which is what she tells a visiting delinquent. But perhaps for the first time in her life she also have to confront unreasoning open hostility.
The finale is rather a shock. A brutal finish and no doubt. But season two is already showing and we can read Kerman's book (which has many reserves on it in my local library).