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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 30): Edge of Tomorrow / Interstellar / The Hobbit Trilogy (2012 – 2014)

Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.

My brief thoughts follow…

  • Edge of Tomorrow (2014) – I never managed to read the original book on which this was based (All You Need is Kill) which I heard was very, very good. An interesting story that — given it’s repeating time nature — did not ever evoke feelings of “seen it!”. Ending was a little weak, but overall a very good film.
  • Interstellar (2014) – I feel I’m being overly generous by calling this film mediocre. It was certainly a huge disappointment in many respects. It offered an interesting setup, had a big-budget, included top acting and directing talent…all for…this? The premise was a good one, but the film didn’t do much to deliver on its promise. And that ending…just terrible.
  • The Hobbit (2012 – 2014) – I watched the extended editions of The Hobbit despite knowing I’d come away feeling like it could have been trimmed down a bit. I was right. Despite that, this adaptation was far better than I expected. Where it fell down a bit was, surprisingly, in the special effects department, which looked to be about the level you’d find 20 years ago. Except Smeagol, who rocked, as always.
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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

4 Comments on Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 30): Edge of Tomorrow / Interstellar / The Hobbit Trilogy (2012 – 2014)

  1. Improbable Joe // September 12, 2015 at 1:04 am //

    I just read “All You Need Is Kill” a few weeks ago. It is very short and very good. You could probably blow through it in an afternoon, but it stays with you even more than the movie (which is also pretty good)

  2. I thought they did OK by the book. It was a different kind of character for Cruise to take on and he did well with it. They got Rita perfect though. Emily Blount did a great job portraying her. I’d love to see a prequel depicting her experience.

  3. The ending was a little “week”, John? It seemed that it went on for days but not for seven of them.

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