Me & My Muse Go To the Movies #7: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Part I

I just got back from the movie, and…

 

Muse:  We’re not doing this.

But…

Muse:  I enjoyed the movie a lot.  I’m just too tired to discuss it tonight.  Can we discuss it tomorrow after I get some sleep?  Good night!

Sure.  We can do that.

Just to let you know, the movie was good and tomorrow, I’ll tell you why…

Me & My Muse Go To the Movies #6: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Part II

Okay.  It’s been almost a day since we saw the movie.  Are we going to talk about it, or what?

 

Muse:  Yes.  I’m ready.

You slept in quite a bit today, didn’t you?  Until 1:00 in the afternoon if I can recall correctly….

Muse:  There’s a reason for that.  For the remainder of the night, I kept having these nightmares about Azog.  I was cornered, and I was cut in two by his mace….

*sigh*  Is that the only reason?

Muse:  Yes.  I know….It’s pretty dumb, isn’t it?  I have these dreams a lot in some of the mystery books that I read….

Well anyway, let’s get to the movie.

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Let’s begin with first impressions.  What did you think of the beginning?  There was a scene where Smaug burned Laketown to a crisp.  After that, Bard saves the day.

Muse:  The beginning was pretty good.  Not to mention, the title card for the movie did not even appear until after Smaug was killed and it showed Erebor again.

After that, we see Tauriel, the elf that’s not supposed to exist lead the company of elves out of Laketown on a boat.  Not to spoil much, the dwarves get back to Erebor, the five armies assemble and there is an epic fight.

Muse:  Let’s get to the differences, since there are still some that infuriate me.

This seems to be the theme for the Hobbit.  Let’s try to see how many times we can contradict the book…

Muse:  And like before, they have done it again!  Like last time, Tauriel is still there.  She does NOT exist in the book and we don’t see Legolas until Lord of the Rings!  And like last time the plot builds on events that don’t exist in the book!  Galadriel helps Gandalf and Radagast escape.  Galadriel almost gets possessed by Sauron and tempted by him, but she casts him away into Mordor.  The dwarves NOT entering Erebor while Smaug was there when that happened TWICE in the book!

That’s quite a few differences!  Now…

Muse:  I’m not done!  One big mistake is that the movie included Azog!  Azog is supposed to be dead!  He existed 150 years before the events of The Hobbit! Thorin’s cousin Dain killed Azog at the Battle of Azanulbizar in the year 2799 T.A.  The Hobbit takes place 2941 to 2942 T.A.  With that said, that final fight with Azog is not supposed to exist!  Yes, Thorin dies in the book but it wasn’t from Azog!  And Tauriel is not supposed to exist!  I hate the stupid love triangle!  Urr…Jackson!  Why?

Okay.   There were a lot of big changes in the movie that were not very good.  One redeeming quality was the battle scenes near Erebor and Bilbo’s return to the Shire…

Muse:  Those scenes were good, but I HATED that final Azog battle scene!  He’s a walking contradiction to even still be alive!  Jackson probably wanted more action, so he “revived” him…

Indeed.  Anyone who has not read the book would not know any of this.

Muse:  I know!  That’s what makes me mad.  Anyone who has not read the books will not see the store as it should be.  Everyone.  Read the book! There are so many things wrong with this movie…

Now let’s get to the ending.  It ties back in to the events of The Lord of the Rings.  It’s Bilbo’s 111th birthday and Gandalf visits him once again.

Muse:  I like the parallel of him holding the ring in the past to him holding it 60 years later…

Overall, I give the movie a 4 out of 5.  The movie cannot be five stars, considering all the mistakes they made with the unnecessary additions…

Muse:  Really?  You’re being very generous.  I give it a 2 out of 5.  Because of that stupid final battle scene with Azog and all the other stupid additions that they made to this movie…

Thanks for you insight on all the differences.  With that, I will have to read the book again.

Muse:  Read it again, please! I have some more reading to do.

And my Galadriel dress needs to be washed.  It’s stained with popcorn seasoning from the other night.  See you tomorrow….

I’ll let you do that.

That’s it for the discussion.  Stay tuned for the review!

Until then, I’ll see you tomorrow!

Me & My Muse Go To the Movies #6: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Part I

I just got back from the movie, and…..

 

Muse:  We’re not doing this.

But….

Muse:  I enjoyed the movie a lot.  I’m just too tired to discuss it tonight.  Can we discuss it tomorrow after I get some sleep?  Good night!

Sure.  We can do that.

Just to let you know, the movie was good and tomorrow, I’ll tell you why….

Me & My Muse go to the Movies: #5: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

I know what you’re thinking.  You thought that I would forget all about the Anchorman 2 movie review, didn’t you?  I haven’t.  And neither has my Muse.  Muse?

 

Muse:  I was in the middle of reading.  What?

We’re going to talk about Anchorman 2 now.  Is there anything that you wanted to say about it?

Muse:  Yes.  But first, answer me this question.  Is it really necessary to have your clone spy on me?

Yes.  I want to make sure that you don’t cheat on the shoveling.  My clone just told me that you were just about to.

Muse:  Wait!  How is that possible?

Telepathy.  Anything’s possible with an INTANGIBLE clone….

Muse:  Well, that’s why I couldn’t see him, either! He must have made himself invisible….Can you get rid of him?

No.  I won’t make him go until you finish shoveling tomorrow….

Muse: *sigh* Can’t we just call this off?  I don’t really want to shovel….

Aha!  See?  I knew you were going to cheat!  That’s okay.  Go on.  I know you can’t do it….

Muse:  I can and I will!  Just you see!

I will.  My clone gives me an extra set of eyes….Now I believe that we are getting a little sidetracked.  Let’s get to the movie, shall we?

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Muse:  Let’s hurry.  I’m a little tired and I want to go to bed early.

Don’t worry.  This won’t take too long.

Muse:  And you’re going to have a review of this, too?

I will, but it’s going to be tomorrow.  I’m a little tired myself.

Getting to the start of the movie, I liked how it started.   You have the typical narration, talking about Ron Burgundy.  With his demise, Ron has to start over.

Muse:  Yes.  And then he goes on a journey.

Yes.  This was after he was given a job by Ed Harken, an agent who worked for GNN news.

To make a long story short, Ron finds his team and heads to New York for the launch of the new 24-hour news station.  Hilarity ensues.

Muse:  I know.  I especially liked Brick and Chani.

So did I.  I guess love really can bloom between two invalids….

Muse:  Not to offend anyone with a special disability, of course.

There were a lot of laughs and I liked the ending.

Muse:  I especially liked Chani’s line: “I am 22 months pregnant”.  Best line in the movie.  I mean, that’s impossible!  Last time I checked, 9 months is the longest for a pregnancy cycle….

I know.  That’s what made it funny.

Muse:  You’re saving the rest for the review, right?

Yes.  I don’t want to spoil too much in this discussion.

That’s all for the discussion.  Stay tuned for the review!

Until then, I’ll see you tomorrow!

Me & My Muse go to the Movies: #4: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Part II

Okay.  It’s been almost a day since we saw the movie.  Are we going to talk about it, or what?

 

Muse:  Yes.  I’m ready.

You slept in quite a bit today, didn’t you?  Until 1:00 in the afternoon if I can recall correctly….

Muse:  There’s a reason for that.  For the remainder of the night, I kept having these nightmares about Smaug.  I was cornered, and he roasted me alive with his fire….

*sigh*  Is that the only reason?

Muse:  Yes.  I know….It’s pretty dumb, isn’t it?  I have these dreams a lot in some of the mystery books that I read….

Well anyway, let’s get to the movie.

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Let’s begin with first impressions.  What did you think of the beginning?  There was the scene where Thorin met up with Gandalf at the Prancing Pony.  I believe that this was put in to tie in this story to Lord of the Rings.

Muse: For me, I liked the beginning.  In adapting this book to a movie, some things like this had to be done.  I had no problem with this at all.

After that, the plot progresses on, and the company of fourteen, who were chased by the Orcs, had to take refuge in Beorn’s house.  Not to spoil too much of the movie, we eventually get to the Lonely Mountain, where Bilbo and the Dwarves are in a race to open the door before the end of Durin’s Day.

Muse:  Let’s go over the differences in the movie, because there are a few differences that infuriate me.

I know.  There were a few things that seemed “off” in the movie.

Muse:  A few?  There were a lot!  One inclusion I hated the most was the addition of Tauriel.  There IS NO Tauriel in the book!  Also, Legolas is not in The Hobbit at all!  Also, Gandalf never goes to Dol Guldur, Kili never gets injured and there is no Ancient Elvish language.  Just Sindarin and then formal Quenyan, of course….

That’s quite a bit of differences!  I knew that Tauriel wasn’t in the movie, and….

Muse:  I’m not done.  In the book, the barrels that everyone travels in have lids that are tightly fastened.  They travel all the way to Lake Town, where Bilbo opens all the barrels. However, in the movie, they hide in barrels covered in fish all the way to Lake Town with the aid of a traveling merchant’s boat.  Some other things that didn’t happen in the book include Azog’s promotion and Smaug being buried underneath all the treasure.  Smaug was also made bigger in the movie.  There are also inter-species love triangles that were NOT in the book at all!  Urr!  Jackson just about ruined it for me….

Alright.  There were a lot of changes in the movie that were not very good.  One redeeming quality was the Smaug scenes….

Muse:  Those scenes were okay, but I HATED all the Dol Guldur scenes!  Gandalf NEVER went there in the book!  It was just a stupid story arc that Jackson decided to include to make the movie appeal more to a casual audience.

I know.  That could fool anyone who has not read any of the books.

Muse:  Exactly!  That’s what infuriates me.  Anyone who has not read the books will not see the story as it should be.  Everyone.  Read the book!  There are so many things wrong with this movie….

Let’s get to the ending.  There was a cliffhanger at the end that really annoyed me.  But in a good way.  After seeing that cliffhanger, I want them to release the next movie immediately!

Muse:  I know.  Let’s move on to the next one and see how many more mistakes they can make….

Overall, I give this movie a 4 out of 5.  The movie cannot be five stars, considering all the mistakes they made with the unnecessary additions….

Muse:  That’s quite generous of you.  I give it a 3 out of 5.  Just good enough to see the next movie.  I would’ve given it a 2, but I’m in a pretty good mood right now….

Thank you for your insight on all the differences.  I really have to go back and read that book again.

Muse:  Please do.  You’re welcome.  I have some more reading to do.  And my Galadriel dress needs to be washed.  It’s stained with popcorn seasoning from last night.  See you tomorrow….

I’ll let you do that.

That’s it for the discussion.  Stay tuned for the review!

Until then, I’ll see you tomorrow!

Me & My Muse go to the Movies #4: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Part I

I just got back from the movie, and…..

 

Muse:  We’re not doing this.

But….

Muse:  I enjoyed the movie a lot.  I’m just too tired to discuss it tonight.  Can we discuss it tomorrow after I get some sleep?  Good night!

Sure.  We can do that.

Just to let you know, the movie was good and tomorrow, I’ll tell you why….

Me & My Muse go to the movies – #3: I’m in Love With a Church Girl

Having just gotten back from the movie,  I would have to say that I really enjoyed the movie.  Now this is a movie that is considered to be underrated.  I give it this name because of the low box office sales.  Despite this , I thought that it was a good movie, and deserved a lot more credit than what people give it.  We are talking about High Top Releasing’s  I’m in Love With a Church Girl, a movie starring Ja Rule?

 

Muse:  That’s correct.  I was surprised when I saw that, too.

But Ja Rule is this rapper!  I always remember hearing about him in high school, but I never really listened to his stuff….

Muse:  Then why did you see this movie?

It was the title.  I was curious how Ja Rule would portray the role.

Muse:  From what I got from seeing it, this is definitely a Christian movie.

I know.  I was greatly surprised.  I actually knew that it was, considering my research on the movie.

Muse:  And during the introduction credits.  They listed God as the executive producer.

Well he is, of this whole world that we live in.

Muse:  Not to mention yourself.  Without you being made, I wouldn’t exist.

Anyway,  I was greatly surprised at the beginning of the movie.  Not only was Ja Rule in the movie,  there was other stars, like Stephen Baldwin, Vincent Pastore of Sopranos fame, Toby Mac and T-Bone.

Muse:  Don’t forget the co-star.  Adrienne Bailon.  She was in the band 3LW.

That band does sound kind of familiar.  I think they wrote No More (Baby I’ma Do Right).

Overall, I think the movie was executed well.  From the beginning, we see Miles Montego get a second chance, leaving his former life as a drug dealer.  When this one girl comes right into his life, she was all he could think about.  The only twist about this girl is that she’s a devout Christian that attends church and regularly attends bible studies.

Muse:  I also like how he met her.  He caught a glance of her at a stop light.

Yeah.  Then he got in trouble with the cops for speeding.

Muse:  That kind of confused me.  Wouldn’t the cops know who he is if the DEA was scoping him out the whole movie?

I’m guessing that they were watching since they still didn’t trust him.  Anyway, I liked seeing Miles’s slow but gradual change throughout the movie.

Muse:  And I also liked Stephen Baldwin’s line – “I’m Mr. Confidential”.

Cutting to the chase, I thought the movie was done quite well.  I thought it was interesting seeing Ja Rule in a role that I’ve never seen him in before.

Muse:  I loved the suspenseful scenes.  There were a few scenes that made me cry….

Overall,  I give this movie a 4 out of 5.  An all around good movie that’s definitely worth seeing.  So, Ja Rule fan or not, I would go for it.

Muse:  I liked it too.  4 out of 5 for me.  That’s my verdict and I have nothing more to say.  Good night!

 

Good night to you, too!  I’m going to bed myself.

And that’s another review!

Until then, I’ll see you tomorrow!