Saturday, December 14, 2013

catching fire, frozen, and the desolation of smaug

  I haven't been blogging for several weeks - partly because I've been working on a project for this blog (which I'll post soon!) and partly because life's been a bit busy recently. But today, I decided to do three mini-reviews of some great movies I've seen in the last few weeks:

 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

 I'd been excited for this movie for a long time. Because I loved the first movie, I expected this one to be great - and it turned out even better than I expected. I was blown away by it! Here are a few things I liked about it:
 - I really appreciated how faithfully it stuck to the book. 
 - It was visually beautiful. The sets and locations were perfect, and the special effects were really good.
 - The plot had it's touching moments, terrifying moments, and moments that made me laugh out loud.
 - All the actors did a fantastic job. The new characters introduced (particularly Finnick and Johanna) were brilliantly done.
 - The film score (composed by James Newton Howard) is beautiful.
 - The ending was so intense! Actually, the whole movie was intense...but that ending though!

 I loved Catching Fire, and I'm looking forward to seeing it again!


 What an adorable movie! It instantly became a new favorite Disney movie for me. The main characters were so lovable, I cannot stop listening to and singing all the songs, and the story was so touching and sweet. And oh, the animation was breathtaking.
 Frozen was unique and different than any other Disney Princess movie, but it certainly still had that Disney feel to it!

 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 Where do I start? I just watched this last night so this review may not be very coherent and may involve some all-caps...BECAUSE IT WAS JUST SO WONDERFUL! (oops, there I go...)
 Let's make this clear: I loved the first Hobbit movie. But I didn't like it near as much I liked The Lord of the Rings trilogy (my favorite movies of all time). And I was okay with that, because how could any movie ever come close to those? But guys: this one came seriously close. Peter Jackson still has it!
 I could fangirl about this for ages - about how beautiful everything looked (especially Lake Town and the Woodland Realm!), and how perfectly the story played out, and about how much I love the characters. But I'll just say this: you need to see this movie!

Have you seen any of these movies? If so, what did you think?



  1. Good reviews! I'll have to watch Catching Fire sometime. I agree, Desolation of Smaug was amazing!

    Caleb W

  2. Ah I agree with the first and last reviews so much(I haven't seen frozen, so I can't tell ya haha)! I personally may like the Hobbit (soon to be) trilogy better then Lord of the Rings. I know, I'm strange. I just think these characters (esp. Bilbo) are so lovable and quirky.

  3. Those are three movies that I'd really like to see - they sound amazing!

  4. god, i LOVE Lord of The Ring trilogy over and over and over again. and i've been waiting for The Hobbit. and yes, this one is GREAT. peter jackson is a genius!

  5. My three current favourite films! I really admired Catching Fire's loyalty to the book, the emotion, and all-around plot. Frozen songs...well, they stream from playlists and people's diaphragm (mine, too) ALL THE TIME. I've been a Peter Jackson/Tolkien loyalist for ages now, and I just loved The Desolation of Smaug. There aren't many words for that.

  6. Ooooh yes. Yesyesyes. These are three of my current favorite movies! I've been so impressed and thrilled with the great movies coming out lately. It's so refreshing. I haven't gone to the movie theater so much in ages! Thor 2 was awesome, too, and Ender's Game was good. I'm hoping I'll get to see the Book Thief soon! I just finished reading the book and it was incredible, and my mom said the movie was really good. :)