The Hobbit & Despicable Me

Friday night I finally got around to seeing both The Hobbit and Despicable Me. I hadn’t been able to see either of those until now. Honestly, I wasn’t that interested in either of them before now. Here are my thoughts:

The Hobbit
I was very reluctant to see this movie from the beginning. I am one of those people who wasn’t a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I thought they were okay, just not super. And the problem I had with that trilogy was the directing. The movies were good, but Peter Jackson has no idea how to edit. So this gave me great pause when it came to watching The Hobbit.

Well… um… It was good. And Peter Jackson still can’t edit for crap. This movie was two hours and thirty nine minutes, and it felt like it was four hours. The stuff that happened was good, but Peter Jackson just really seems hung up on showing extended scenes that last five minutes when a two minute scene will do. This happens over and over and over and over and over and over again. I can’t speak to how accurately this movie follows the book, I’ve never read it. But the movie was good. It would have been so much better if Peter Jackson would hire someone else to edit the final draft. There’s some good stuff here, he just has too much filler around it.

Despicable Me
I can’t say why I never saw this movie before. I guess it just never appealed to me that much, based on the commercials and previews I saw before. Also, I was never a huge fan of Steve Carell. He’s okay in some stuff, I just had too much of him for a while. But my dear wife liked it, and so we rented it. This is such a cute movie. And the real stars of the show are the little girls. I especially liked Edith at the start. And is it just me, or does Agnes remind anyone else of Boo from Monsters Inc.? I really liked this movie, and I would recommend it to everyone.

Frozen/Ender’s Game

I finally got around to seeing these two movies in the past few days. I know, I must be the last person in the U.S. to see them, but I didn’t feel any real compelling need to see either of them, based on the advertising and I have some issues with the author of Ender’s Game.

Frozen: This was your typical cutesy Disney movie. The first half or so had a lot of music. The characters were very cute, and very easy to like. The only thing different between this and most Disney movies is that the real bad guy isn’t clearly pointed out at the beginning. There are a couple of characters that seem to be possibly bad guys along the way, but you really don’t find out who the actual evil one is until near the end.

I remember when this movie was in theaters there were a lot of anti-gay people saying it was just an example of all the bad things, that it was pushing the gay agenda, that the movie would teach their children that being gay was okay. Um… I don’t get it. I mean I really, really, really don’t get it. And I’m gay, so… you’d think I’d pick up on these things. What about this movie makes any kind of statement about being gay? Seriously? What, maybe Oaken’s family in the sauna? I mean… well it shows a bunch of people in a sauna, and one of them is a guy, so if you are really stretching for something that you think is supportive of gays this would be the only thing. And it’s a real stretch. It’s his family. Could be a brother, a cousin, anyone. But anti-gay people seem to think it must be his partner. It’s crap, and it shows how far some will go to argue that the “gay agenda” is ruining society. Fail on their part.

I really liked Frozen, and I recommend you see it if you haven’t yet.

Ender’s Game: This movie was something I was kind of wanting to see, kind of not, for the longest time. I had several people tell me how great the book is, how great the movie is, and that I had to see it. I also knew that Orson Scott Card was a bigoted homophobic jerk, which made it hard for me to support anything he did in any way. But I caved and finally rented it from Red Box.

The movie was decent. I remember a lot of people thinking the main kid was stiff and they didn’t think he did such a good job of acting. I haven’t read the book, but to me that’s just how the character seems to be. I don’t think the actor did such an awful job, I just think the character was kind of stiff in a lot of ways.

What I didn’t like was Harrison Ford’s performance. I loved him as Han Solo, loved him as Indiana Jones (even in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). I did not like his performance here. It seemed kind of… I don’t know, phoned in, maybe? I was not impressed with him here. At all.

I did like the movie. It was good, and I think you should see it (even if you can’t stand the author). I wasn’t thrilled with the ending, but overall I think it was good.

Dark Angel

Lately, I’ve been re-watching the entire Dark Angel series. If any of you haven’t seen it, it’s about a genetically engineered girl played by Jessica Alba, who is designed by a secret government agency to be the perfect soldier. It’s really good! I recommend it to everyone.