‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is good… but should have stayed true to J.R.R. Tolkien’s book

Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'
Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

[rating=3]Starring:  Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchette, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee
Director(s): Peter Jackson
Writer(s): Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyers, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro (screenplay) – J.K. Tolkien (novel)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of a new trilogy from Peter Jackson, director of the wonderful Lord of the Rings trilogy.  While The Hobbit’s first installment is good, it doesn’t come near the level of any of the LOTR films, perhaps because they set the bar too high.  Also problematic is that Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is a much shorter novel than his follow-up “The Lord of the Rings” and probably doesn’t need three films to tell the story as Tolkien wrote it.

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‘X2: X-Men United’ is better than the original

The mutants are together again, with some new members, in 'X2: X-Men United'
The mutants are together again, with some new members, in ‘X2: X-Men United’

[rating=4]Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming
Director(s): Bryan Singer
Writer(s): Story by Zak Penn, David Hayter and Bryan Singer, Screenplay by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and David Hayter

It’s rare that a sequel proves to outdo the original, but X2 does pull it off with flying colors. This is chiefly because it does everything that a sequel is supposed to do: Build on original, expand the story, move it forward and make it different.

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