Sunday, December 28, 2014

Bringing this blog back to life, and a movie review.

So I realized that I still had a blog that I have not been posting to in several months.  Unfortunately life threw me two major health curve balls.  Not for me but for people in my immediate family.  Things have slightly improved on that front, but this part of my hobby life has been dead in the water for several months.  I am afraid that my hobby resolutions are going to be on the two year plan.  Believe that, and I have a bridge to sell you, real cheap. 

With that in mind I am starting to paint regularly once again, and I have assembled and primed quite a bit of my space marines that I had in stock.  With some discipline I can get them up as a painted force.  That along with one or two more projects that I have hobby wise this winter and spring are in the works.  Hopefully more later on this blog.

I noticed that I did not review the previous two moves of the Hobbit when I was going back in my blog, and I just mentioned the first movie in a post without actually reading it.  Now that the whole trilogy is done, I figured that I would discuss the movie as a whole.  The first thing that I have to say is that the whole damn movie series is too long.  I am just going to call them move one, two, and three, since their names are too much to repeat throughout this posting. 

The first one is just right, but could have been cut and moved up in the story line.  The last two has way too much useless scenes.  The second move could live without about a third of the move, and the last move could live without two thirds of it.  I would call the third movie basically fantasy combat porn for two hours and 30 min of actual storyline.  Movie two and three basically became the Legolas show, who was never in the book to begin with.  I would expect for him to have a part in this series of the move, but it was basically three hours grand total of screen time between movie two and three, and I may be underestimating that.  This whole move series could have been just two movies and we could all be on with our lives by now buying the extended CD's and watching it on Netflix, but NNNNOOOOOOO.(One of John Belushi's classic phrases, I am told)   Perhaps that is the reason to string out fans for an extra movie.  My only question is does Orlando Bloom have embarrassing or incriminating pictures of Peter Jackson? 

On the other hand, there were things that I did like from the move.  As a Dwarf guy, the battle of five armies was awesome with few exceptions.  I totally liked how they put the dwarf army together.  Barring the pikedwarfs, I almost blurted out, "Hey, I have one of those!"  On an overall note, I did like the portrayal of the dwarves throughout the series for the most part.  There were parts where I would have gone a less comical way with them, but overall it was as how I would have envisioned them to be.  One glaring example of this is the barrel ride from movie two, but that whole scene was overdone in general and should have been on the conceptual chopping block.  I liked how the Wood Elves army was put together, however I was expecting less armor on the elves, but small potatoes.  Since this was on one of the previews that I have seen, I am not a fan of Dwarves using cavalry, even if they are commanders.  That is my only problem with how the dwarves are portrayed.  Since other items can be considered spoilers, I will not say that much more.   

Bottom line this movie series goes way off line compared to the story, even more that the LOTR series.  If you are looking for a movie that follows the story line in the book, don't go.  Honestly, you should know by now that Peter Jackson does not follow the book, and that there is no way that he could fit the hobbit into three movies without going off the book.  However if you want to see the end of the series and honestly don't care or have never read the book then by all means go.  In short, I am not planning on getting the DVD's any time soon if anyone is asking. 

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