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.