the H O B B I T : T H E - D E S O L A T I O N - O F - S M A U G
at times the movie feels cartoonish and stiff, at times self-indulgent and serious and even when it has some truly great action sequences (where CGI is abused to death) this film was wrongly conceived with more story lines that they could handle and unexpected and unneeded cuts that are overtly anticlimactic; the end specially is an insult to the audience.
kudos to RICHARD CURTIS for ultimately pulling this very good hat trick; what seems and starts as your average romantic comedy suddenly turns into one of those heartfelt life lessons movies that flirt with that thin life between sentimental and melodramatic.
T O D O - E L - M U N D O - T I E N E - A - A L G U I E N - M E N O S - Y O
it is never clear if this film celebrates or criticises what it portrays but even in the midst of its confusing themes [and its time line] both actresses [with ANDREA PORTAL tackling an unquestionably unlikeable character] excel in a movie beautifully shot.
it falls short while trying to pull not the easiest of tricks but still what’s shown is a masterfully crafted and edited presentation of the hardships of keeping up with societal pressures regarding one’s public image.
the army is well known for their lack of subtlety so this film based on a real life story could feel over-the-top and overwhelming near the end; however the editing patiently builds up this great story from the beginning that anchored by an outstanding performance by TOM HANKS (who shines the brightest at the end) becomes an easy and fast ride.
juggling comedy and tragedy is no easy feat and this film does that effortlessly with an ensemble of very good actors portraying better defined characters than most movies and series today and an easy going sense of style.