The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug PosterThe decision to split the Hobbit into three films — its page length shorter than any of the books in the Lord of the Rings series which were also adapted into film by director Peter Jackson — may have piqued the interest of many of the book’s fans who wanted more, more, more.

Not only would Bilbo Baggins and his crew of dwarves get more screen time, it would also keep important plot points from falling to the cutting room floor, which was a common complaint regarding the LoTR film trilogy.

After seeing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in 48 frames per second, I can say with confidence that I’d rather have one good movie than two mediocre films.

Where one two-hour movie might not have done this novel justice, Jackson’s frustrating penchant for incorporating too many shots of smiling characters, scenes that wear out their welcome by lingering too long, and an overabundance of sweeping wide shots go to the other extreme.

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Alice in Wonderland (2010) Review

www.hypergeeky.comTim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland feels more like a tired retread rather than a revisionist retelling or inspired remake.

Burton’s trademark visual style aside, the newest Alice story doesn’t go too far off the beaten path putting her against familiar foes in a drearier setting while confronting her most stubborn enemy — herself.

It’s a girl-power film with a finish that’s so underwhelming, it feels less like an uppercut and more like a slap to the rear.

A young woman with great expectations, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself at her own engagement party.

Unhappy with the circumstances of marriage suddenly being placed on her timid shoulders, she treks through the garden and follows a white rabbit into Underland, a familiar place she’s visited in recurring dreams.

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