Monthly Archives: December 2013

47 Ronin, seen in theaters

 Aaron and I saw this movie, it was Aaron’s idea. And I’ll admit the trailers made it look like the movie could be good. Most movies Keanu Reeves is in are.
Below is a link to another movie review, and I have to admit, I agree with almost all of his comments. So if you want a very in-depth review, please read his.
As for me, I’ll just give you a few highlights. First off, would I recommend seeing it? NO. I’m betting it’ll be on tv soon, and even then, I’d say only watch it if you want to stare at Keanu Reeves for a while. The leading actress is attractive as well, but again, she’s really only around to stare at. She doesn’t do much the whole movie.
What bothered me the most was the ambush attack towards the end. They were taking out the bad guys with arrows, and all I could think was… there is no way those guys are not letting lose a scream. They were getting shot in the chest! When a good guy gets hit in the chest, he lingers for days. So why are the bad guys dying so quickly they can’t get off a scream to warn their brethren? This also shows how bored I was at this point.
I did look up the so called “this is based on something that really happened”. And yeah, I emphasize the “based” on part. Really, all they got right was the 47 Ronin part. I think they got the number right. There was no white guy, I mean, I could go on and on listing the “there was no this”. Apparently different versions of the historical event have been made into movies, and none of them seem to work out. So I guess the story just doesn’t translate well to the big screen.
Overall the movie was simply boring. And from what I’ve read, I am not alone in this statement. There were maybe ten of us in the theater and it was showing in the tiniest room the theater had. So I’d guess the theaters aren’t expecting big crowds either.

The Hobbit 2 movie review

I’d accidently watched the first Hobbit movie on HBO, thinking it was a single movie. Little did I know… so now I’ve been duped into needing to see them all.

I originally made this post and stated I had not read the book. I have since read it, so I’m revising the post. I was at disbelief that they managed to make a book that can easily be read in one afternoon, into a three, three hour movies. This has to be one of those rare occasions where it would be quicker to read the book than see the movies.

I was very impressed with the dragon. And was surprised that it was involved in at least an hour of the movie, maybe more. Which was a nice change compared to the mere glimpses you were given in the first movie. Many of the scenes did feel a bit like a video game, like the river barrels and even some of the fight scenes. But this was nice to a degree, the action wasn’t rushed and blurred, you could actually see what was going on.

Some parts were predictable. Which the writers probably didn’t care too much about, because most of the audience has read the book, so the “surprise” factor is already lost.

I would suggest going to see this movie. For a three hour long movie it was very entertaining and did not at all feel like it was three hours long. It is much more action packed than the first Hobbit and quicker paced. I expect the next installment to be much of the same, but I hope its more entertaining than the book. The final scenes in the Hobbit book did seem to drag on.