Must See Movies 2012 #9: The Hobbit, Life of Pi (& Jack Reacher)
There was nothing really worth watching in the first week in December in my opinion, and since that was the case, I’m going to recommend that you watch Skyfall (again if you already have), which opened the last week on November here in South Africa. See my previous blog post, Must See Movies 2012 #8: Skyfall Review
Otherwise The Hobbit is a winner!
This past weekend marked the release of the long awaited prequel to the Lord of the Rings. I watched it on Saturday night and all the people I went with were impressed.
The Hobbit is directed again by Peter Jackson and marks the return of several familiar faces. In case you didn’t know (like my fiancée) the Hobbit has been split into three movies: ‘The Unexpected Journey (2012)’, ‘The Desolation of Smaug (2013)’ and lastly ‘There And Back Again (2014)’. I have seen the meme doing the rounds and was expecting it to be very drawn out. While it could have (and should have) been done in one movie, the pace of the movie moves along pretty nicely and you rarely (although not never) get bored. Some critics moaned about it being a overproduced and being about the special effects, but I don’t see how you can make these movies and not.
The Hobbit also debuts the new HFR 3D technology, where the films are shot at 48 frames per second compared to the normal 24 of other films. Reviews have been mixed but the major advantage to the technology is the minimising of motion blur which affects other 3D movies. Unfortunately the cinema we were at didn’t have the infrastructure so I saw it in normal 3D, so I can’t really tell you more. Feel free to comment if you have.
Other IMDB: Top 250 #84 | 5 nominations
Week 3: Life of Pi
Based on the fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel, Life of Pi tells the story of a 16 year old boy, Piscione Molitor Patel, or Pi, when his family is killed in a shipwreck while moving their zoo to Canada. The story is told from an older Pi’s perspective as he relays his story to a novelist who thinks his story would make a great novel.
A blog I follow did a pretty cool review for this movie. Have a look at the The Focused Filmographer review here
Week 4: Jack Reacher
Tom Cruise stars as a homicide investigator who digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper that shot five random victims.
(When I first heard the soundtrack from the trailer, I thought it was a new Mission Impossible (1:02))
- Life of Pi / Movie Review (iamalienman.wordpress.com)
- When books become movies (heidicvlach.wordpress.com)
- Non-Review Review: Jack Reacher (them0vieblog.com)
- Tom Cruise defends role as “Jack Reacher” (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Jack Reacher could be me: Tom Cruise spends hours with fans at Leicester Square premiere of Jack Reacher (standard.co.uk)
- 10 Films Make Oscar Shortlist for Best Visual Effects Including THE AVENGERS, JOHN CARTER, and LIFE OF PI (collider.com)
- The Hobbit breaks box office record (newsfixnow.com)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey scores biggest US December opening weekend (metro.co.uk)
- ‘The Hobbit’: 6 Biggest Changes From J.R.R. Tolkien’s Novel (hollywood.com)
- Review: Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ Makes You Believe in the Power of Stories (firstshowing.net)