Being one of the many fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, I had high expectations for The Battle of the Five Armies.  But to my dismay, it did not live up to its potential.

In this final chapter we see Bard (Luke Evans) defeating the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) quiet easily. But due to the destruction Smaug caused while terrorising the people of Laketown, they are forced to leave and seek refuge in the ruins of Dale with Bard as their leader.

As Thorin (Richard Armitage) sits in his newly reclaimed kingdom he is slowly overcome by Dragon Sickness as his lust for the Arkenstone increases, but little does he know that Bilbo (Martin Freeman) has already stolen the precious item for Thorin’s own good.  Entranced by his search for the Arkenstone he orders the gates of Lonely Mountain to be sealed off.

Gandalf (Ian McKellen) is saved from a close and dramatic encounter with death and travels to Dale to warn them of an Orc army coming their way, while Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) witness a second Orc army heading for Lonely Mountain.

Bard and the people of Laketown are supplied with food and aid by Thranduil (Lee Pace) and his Elf army, this is where we see Bard and Thranduil form an alliance to get what is rightfully theirs from Thorin. Bard tries to reason with Thorin but unfortunately he is too blinded by his greed to come to reason.

Bilbo later on sneaks out and hands over the Arkenstone to Bard and Thranduil, which they use to bargain with Thorin but he is unmoved. This is where Thorins cousin, Dain (Billy Connolly) arrives with his Dwarf army to fight the Elves and the men of Laketown on Thorins behalf.  But before they know it, the first Orc army has already arrived leaving the Elves, Dwarves and men of Laketown outnumbered.

Slowly but surely Thorin comes to his senses considering that many are killed fighting the Orcs. He charges into battle along with his company and takes a few with him as he travels to Ravenhill, to kill the leader of the Orc army.

A tragic but fair ending is guaranteed but the overall movie did not capture many as the plot was lost due to the excessively long and violent war scenes.

Although, the cast and the cinematography deserve much reward as they gave this film the adventure and authenticity needed.

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Maleficent

Award winning director, Robert Stromberg, lead all viewers on a vivid journey through the eyes of Maleficent. Audience members around the world were left with new perspectives as previously idolised characters were now villains.

Even as a child Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) was the strongest and by far the most powerful of all fairies. Her mighty wings enabled her to soar higher than the clouds and were her most prized possession. She was known as the protector of the Moors; a vibrant world of magical creatures that lived in peace and tranquillity. Although she was a courageous guardian she could not however protect herself from falling in love with a peasant named Stefan (Sharlto Copley). Over the years Stefan and Maleficent spent their days loathing in each other’s grace and love. Unfortunately for Maleficent her once true love betrays her as he is overcome by his greed for power. In order to become King of the human world Stefan has to kill Maleficent but does not have the heart to do so. Instead he puts her into a greater misery by burning off her mighty wings. Maleficent, heartbroken and resentful to everyone and anyone; appointed herself queen of the Moors and commanded all magical creatures to live in darkness and fear. She soon takes revenge after the newly allotted King; Stefan has his first child, Aurora (Elle Fanning). Maleficent casts a curse upon her; that on her sixteenth birthday she would prick her finger and fall into a death like sleep which can only be broken by true loves kiss. Over the sixteen years Maleficent and her sidekick, Diaval (Sam Riley), watch and guard Aurora as closely as possible. Astonishingly Maleficent’s love is far stronger than her hatred and now all she craves is to turn back the curse, unfortunately for her, she does not believe in true love as she is still heartbroken. This film has a highly unconventional but ecstatic ending leaving most viewers satisfied.

Although the cast were remarkable, I think that most of the credit should go to the art and special effects department for making the magical world of Maleficent come to life.

We’re the Millers

 

We’re the Millers is one of the funniest movies that, I personally have watched. It grasps the concept of a highly dysfunctional “family” on a road trip in a casual but humorous fashion.

 

A local drug dealer, David Clarke (Jason Sudeikis), has no choice but to smuggle weed across the Mexican border; in order to do so without being caught he devises a plan to take a fake family road trip, thus the Millers were born. He is accompanied by a stripper named Rose (Jenifer Aniston), who plays the loving mother, a runaway teenage named Casey (Emma Roberts) playing the not so typical daughter and an abnormal virgin named Kenny (Will Poulter),who plays the awkward son. Throughout their road trip hilarious hurdles stand in their way challenging each of their unique personalities.

 

The cast of this movie fitted their roles perfectly. Will Poulter and Jason Sudeikis gave a tremendous performance that completed the movie perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This film traps us at the edge of our seats as the eerie plot is developed. The thrilling storyline keeps us wanting more.

Rumours, of a young girl named Carrey-Anne, surviving alone in the woods after committing a bone chilling sin always stuck around the town. Being new to the town Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) could not seem to keep her distance from Ryan (Max Thieriot), the only surviving member of Carrey-Anne’s family. Ryan holds a twisted secret that Elissa eventually gets caught up in; this secret will not only shock you but will leave you wanting more.

The cast of the film were outstanding, capturing the mysterious aura that left us contemplating our view of the characters. This movie is definitely one of my favourites.

The Great Gatsby

This movie is based on one of thee many stories by F.Scott Fitzgerald. Although this movie did not appeal to many because of its slow story line it did captivate others (like me) because of the beauty and elegance of the Jazz era that was executed perfectly. The Jazz era included large fancy parties with glamorous cars, fashion and liquor.

This film is about a young mysterious man named Jay Gatsby (Leonardo Dicaprio) who becomes a billionaire through shady dealings just to win over the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan ).Through the help of his friend, Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki), and new neighbour, Nick Carraway ( Tobey Maguire), Jay is reunited with Daisy after five long years but  problems stand in their way. Daisy is now married to Tom Buchanan ( Joel Edgerton ), an unfaithful and controlling husband. This story has a twisted but satisfying ending.

The cast of The Great Gatsby were remarkable; especially Leonardo Dicaprio and Tobey Maguire who fitted their roles perfectly by making the audience love and relate to their characters.

Since this is my first post, let me tell you what’s what and who’s who.

My name is Christine.G Nelson and I am one of the many people who are trying to get their say in the world, thus I have decided to post film reviews. The media industry is not only creative but is also one of the most captivating industries that I love about this world. With this said, I have to admit some of my views will be a bit biased.

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