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Rating History

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
23 months ago via Flixster
½

Forget, for the moment, the discrepancies from the book. The first film was bad enough. The second was even worse. There was simply not enough left in the book for an entire third movie without some heavy extrapolation, so I knew this was going to be a problem going in.

Even more egregious to me, however, was that this movie was not even consistent with the first two. Unlike the other two films, the way much of this movie was lighted and shot felt more like I was watching a play than the so called "real" events of a movie. Again and again I felt like I was watching actors moving through staged decorations rather than anything "realistic." As a result, I kept finding myself drawn out of the movie and unable to lose myself in its wonders. This is expected, and you can disconnect yourself from these things, when go and see a play because it is expected. When the movie breaks those expectations set up in the first two films, however, it is just annoying and distracting.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
2 years ago via Flixster

This film has finally led me to the conclusion that so called "cliffhanger endings," unlike television shows in which there is typically significantly less waiting time between episodes, just do not work in films. The story may continue, such as between the first film and the second or the second film and the third, but the film needs to feel like a complete story in and of its self. A case in point is "The Empire Strikes Back," which in my opinion was the best of the original Star Wars trilogy. Even though it was only the second film in the over-all story, the film felt like a complete story.

Not that there was anything significantly wrong with Mockingjay: Part 1. It reminds me of a story idea I had about 20 years ago, in which a person is sort of forced to become a symbolic leader for a cause. If it felt complete, I would say that it was worth seeing in the theater. Because it felt incomplete, however, I would recommend waiting to rent it on video just before the next one comes out just so that you do not have to wait so long for the next installment. (C+)

A Million Ways to Die in the West
2 years ago via Flixster

This movie was extremely slow. Although I occasionally laughed, many of the laughable moments were already shown in advertisements. Even worse, many of the things I saw in the advertising were not even in the final release of the film. This is tantamount to false advertising and practically unforgivable.

Although there was one short scene which could have elevated the film to above average level, it was too short and too far into the film to make a real difference. Overall, I would have to say that there was not enough in this film to recommend paying the extra money to see it in the theater when it could be watched at home for much less.

Worth renting for full price. C+

Ender's Game
Ender's Game (2013)
3 years ago via Flixster
½

Having read and enjoyed the book and some of its sequels, I did not go into this film expecting much. Perhaps this was the key. Perhaps it had been so long since I had read the book that it was not so fresh in my mind that I could readily see the changes and could therefore see it as a film. It was certainly not so fundamentally altered as to be nearly unidentifiable, such as one of my favorite films Starship Troopers. The film did not grip me as completely as the book, certainly. There was not as much emotion in myself, and for that reason it felt a little flat. Plus I knew the twist at the end and was therefore looking for it in the characters throughout. Still, I enjoyed it as a movie and it was certainly watchable. Worth seeing in the theater. B