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-Movie is not Nolan's best, but still an incredible experience unlike anything you've ever witnessed. This last part is not fully evident until you've left the theater for a few hours and realize you can't stop thinking about it.I know I don't post here anymore, but I simply had to share my thoughts on this, although Aaron said everything I could want to say, almost word for word. Though this is definitely my personal favourite film of Nolan's. It was such an incredible, rewarding experience.
-Regardless of a few filmmaking flaws, the ambition and scope of the film is unparalleled.
-The screenplay is a perfect blend of science and philosophy. Somewhat hard to follow (also due to the fact that the music often overpowered the dialogue) but absolutely begs repeated viewings.
-I think I'm going to have to see this at least twice more before I can accurately analyze it.
It can probably speak for itself that when I got out of the theater I simply couldn't speak. I just couldn't comprehend what I had seen unfold on screen. It's quite an amazing experience.2
I love the Harry/Hermione scenes, like the dancing scene, just because it felt nice. And I agree with everything Jo said about there being some sparks flying in that scene, because it definitely could.
But I do hate Kloves. :')2
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 9/10
I mean, I know I was going to love it, but I'm gunna think critically, rather than spazzing out like last year. I'll start with the cons. The pacing, while decent for the most part, was a bit meandering through some scenes that really probably didn't need to be focused on too much, and there were a few shots that I saw others complaining about during the barrel sequence, that looked like they'd been filmed with a GoPro. Totally fucking unnecessary to include them. The score this time around was definitely not as memorable, but when I listen to it on its own, I can appreciate the subtle structure very much. Everything else was wonderful though. It's like seeing the world of the book come to life. The stylised fantasy that separates it from LotR felt much more justified this time around. The acting was great from everyone, but of course, Benedict Cumberbatch stole the show. When I see Martin as Bilbo, I don't really see Bilbo; I just think, 'Martin is Bilbo'. I was expecting to be thinking the same thing here the whole time (Like 'Lol, Ben's a dragon') but he was really able to really get into the role that I didn't see him, and I just saw the dragon. Brilliant work. I also really enjoyed Tauriel very much. She was superb for an original creation, and her dialogue with Kili all felt very original and romantic. From beginning to end, the film was a riproaring adventure, filled with tension and excitement, and I'm very pleased with it. Definitely my favourite of the year, and I'll be seeing it again.
Batman: Arkham Origins - 9/10
Holy shit. One of the most intense games I've ever played. Got my heart racing in so many moments. WB did an amazing job of taking what Rocksteady made and improved on it greatly, storywise. The characters, Bruce, Alfred and Gordon in particular, are fleshed out far better than they were in Asylum and City, making the game far more character oriented rather than simply 'go here and do stuff' quests. The Joker in this game was actually terrifying and fantastically put together (Troy Baker did an amazing job of taking up Mark Hamill's mantle), and I very much enjoy the heavy focus on the rivalry between him and Batman. I was also quite fond of his musical theme being a very dark rendition of Carol of the Bells. Gotham is so vast and fun to explore, but there's really not much exciting to do post game, which is disappointing. I also think that there's some wasted opportunity with the assassins, and Black Mask himself, seeing as only a few of them have really memorable appearances (Firefly, Bane and Deathstroke had some great boss fights, while Copperhead, Deadshot, Shiva and Croc were pretty ordinary, and Electrocutioner was a total joke). But despite that, this is probably my favourite of the Arkham series, simply for its incredible story, the massive world to explore, and a chance to look at the earlier history of the Arkhamverse. I'm keen to see what WB does with the next installment.3
I enjoyed the conversation between Ryder and Sharp. It felt very poignant, and tied in nicely with some foreshadowing toward the original game, but I think it also leaves room for another game in between. The post credits scene confused me, until I looked up what it meant, and boy...that's pretty cool.1