JOURNEY TO LONELY MOUNTAIN

HobbitUJ1THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (2012)
5 out of 5 stars

WOW! I LOVE THIS MOVIE!

This is part one of a trilogy of movies based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel, The Hobbit. Set sixty years before the events in Lord of the Rings, it tells of how Gandalf convinced Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, to journey with thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon.

First of all, I am new to Middle Earth.

I have never watched any LOTR movies, though I most likely would after watching this. It could be the action scenes, the lush scenery, the humour, the riddles or the hot dwarves. Yes, you read it right. HOT DWARVES. Personally, I prefer Kili (Aidan Turner). Doesn’t he just look hot? Everything he does is magical (wiping mud off his boots, throwing plates, shooting arrows, staring at horses, looking stunned, etc.) and his scenes with brother, Fili, are very bromantic. For those who prefer the masculine feel, there’s Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), the leader of the dwarves and the bravest of them all.

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Story-wise, it is very compelling too. The journey is perilous and the Orcs constantly chasing them. There are goblins and giant spiders and Gollum. The moment Gollum appears, there’s a shift in the air. He’s creepy and the air feels creepy too. I liked the riddles part most, because I was guessing along as well! I managed to guess two riddles correctly!

Gollum: If Baggins loses, we eats it whole.

And I was freaking out when I saw the names of Lee Pace and Benedict Cumberbatch appearing on the same slide! Too bad I only saw five seconds of Lee Pace and almost none of Benedict Cumberbatch but I hope that the next two movies will feature more of them!

And Aidan Turner too!

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EDWARD AND BELLA FOREVER

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THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART II (2012)
4 out of 5 stars

Caught this on 22 November 2012 – the opening day in Singapore!

Yes, I am very particular about catching all my Twilight‘s and Harry Potter‘s on opening day because I’m an opening day bitch! And you can never go wrong watching on opening day because it will be super crowded (so book your tickets early!) and the energy inside the theatre is madness! The happy parts, sad parts and funny parts are all amplified when you’re inside a theatre on opening day. The only downside, probably, is when people laugh too much and you miss out what’s on the screen – so you have to watch it again.

Back to the movie – BELLA IS A VAMPIRE!

Her pupils are blood red and we experience her heightened senses by seeing lots of dust in the air and everything else is high definition. Her hunting trip turned out to be quite funny because I was affected by a gif/comment I saw on Tumblr and I cannot get it out of my mind.

Bella Swan: Jake, you really do stink!

Renesmee Cullen was a little creepy because they had to superimpose Mackenzie Foy’s face into various stages of child development. Most of the time it was weird, except when Mackenzie Foy was playing her own age.

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This final instalment also brings lots of new faces and the one I was MOST looking forward to see vamping it up is Lee Pace! Doesn’t he look hot as the vampire Garrett? And the tension between Garrett and Kate is just crazy hot! Too bad there weren’t more scenes.

As most of you all have heard, THERE IS A TWIST ENDING!

As I liked to remain spoiler-free till I watched the movie myself (not easy considering the movie opened a week earlier in the USA) so I gasped when I saw the first death. And then I gasped till it sounded more like a deeper-than-usual intake of breath.

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But it was a good twist and I guess non-Twihards who were in the theatre actually stopped grumbling.

Jacob Black: So, should I call you “Dad” now?
Edward Cullen: No

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The final scene between Bella and Edward was so sweet!

And I liked the ending credits where they introduced all the actors and the character they played along Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years (Part II). Mad love for the song.

Bella Swan: Now you know. Nobody’s ever loved anybody as much as I love you.
Edward Cullen: There’s one exception.