Film Review: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

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Ever since Wallace started inventing, Morph befriended Chas and we got introduced to the inner thoughts of those living in a zoo, Aardman Animations has constantly raised the bar for stop motion animation, creating a plasticine niche all to themselves. And with their medium of choice just a little time consuming in production, it has meant they have always been boxed into smaller shorts. Full feature length films making up a miniscule fraction of their impressive film history.

Whilst they may not be that familiarly on the big screen, to date they have only produced 5 feature films in a 40 year history, when they do venture towards it, it is usually with spectacular results. Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Arthur Christmas all rating over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, and while lagging slightly behind, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! can easily hold its own amongst them. Read more

Film Review: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

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If I’m honest there hasn’t been too many films that I’ve really been looking forward to this year. It’s been very much a case of letting reviews and trailers shape my film viewing habits. That is of course, with the exception of one. The conclusion to the trilogy. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.

And as you will see, in preparation for over the last few days I have reacquainted myself with Hobbits, Dwarfs, Dragons and Wizards by watching Part 1: An Unexpected Journey and Part 2: The Desolation Of Smaug, in anticipation of saying goodbye to Middle Earth once and for all. Read more

Film Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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I still remember the anticipation and excitement that built way back in 2001 when Peter Jackson unleashed Gandalf, Frodo and Gollum onto the big screen and gave the world, The Lord Of The Rings. Jackson managing to take Tolkein’s book, that many claimed was “unfilmable” and not only bring it to life, truthfully and respectfully to it’s source, but also change the entire face of fantasy cinema at the same time.

And with the one Ring binding a trilogy together, cementing Jackson’s place in the pantheon of cinema directors and keeping audiences wowed, delighted and immersed ever since it was not hard to guess that Hollywood couldn’t leave middle earth alone for too long. That the book that started it all would be next on the horizon. Read more

Small Screen Comparision: The Hobbit: TDoS

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Having already reviewed The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug when I saw it last year in the cinema is seems a little foolish to write another review. And so, it seemed to make more sense, in the same way as I did for Gravity, to compare how the film transfers from the large screen to the small. And how that effects, improves or changes the viewing experience.

The first thing that really hit me, and it was surprising, as it hadn’t happen at all with the first film, or even the Lord of the Rings trilogy, was that on the smaller screen this film just lost all its impact. It felt cramped, it felt squeezed. It didn’t feel anything like the spectacle it had in the cinema. Whether, unlike previous outings was because this was the first of Peter Jackson’s JRR Tolkien films I was watching at home in 3D I don’t know, but it actually ruined the film slightly. This sense of compaction and loss of depth and connection to the film was so striking in the opening sequences that I did actually think at one point of getting up and changing it for the 2D version instead.
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