The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  (2003)

Storyline: Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron’s army to distract him from Frodo, Sam and Gollum which are on their way to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.

Actors: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

My review: Woohoo, final round! Full 3:03 of film (without credits). The start was really gross and I kind of started hating Gollum… My liking for him  got less and less throughout the film and at the end I just wanted to punch him in the face… Like really hard. But then, when (!!!SPOILER!!!) he falls down the volcano I thought: “No! You can’t do this to him!” I was totally outgrossed when he bit off Frodo’s finger! Enough about Gollum. What kind of annoyed me about all of the Lord of the Rings films, was that it keeps switching between the different “groups” all the time, so sometimes you see Frodo and Sam for half an hour and then Merry and Pippin for about five minutes. By the way, if Gandalf is a freaking wizard, why, why, WHY does he use his magic, like, once?! Or can he only turn birds into moths or what? Sorry, but that made me kind of aggressive, haha ;). Oh, and that thing between Frodo and Sam is a serious bromance 😉

Something I love about this film: the trees

My stars:

Humor: 2/10

Love: 5/10

Action: 7.5/10

Horror: 4/10

In All: 7.5/10

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The Lord of the Rings: The two Towers

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The Lord of the Rings: The two Towers  (2002)

Storyline: After the fellowship has broken, Merry and Pippin, taken by orcs, make new allies in the Ents, while Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn make allies in the people of Rohan, and all of them must launch an assault on Isengard. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam force Gollum to guide them through Mordor, trusting him with their lives.

Actors: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

My review: Okay, I admit it. I didn’t watch it twice, I just didn’t want to. It’s not the film is so bad or anything, but (once again) it’s just too long. Anyway, Gollum turned up at last (whoop whoop). I didn’t think the battle scenes were that cool and partly kind of boring, because they were mostly full of people I had forgotten about or where I couldn’t see the point in their appearance. Oh, and I was so proud of myself, because I was totally convinced that I knew the actor who played Sam (Sean Astin). Afterwards I checked on IMDb and found out that he had played Mikey (the young guy/main character) in The Goonies (awesome film by the way ;)! What I thought was a bit annoying was that it wasn’t very funny any more. At least the first one was still a little bit funny and I know it’s fantasy and not comedy, but I like it when there’s one or two jokes. Well, no, now I’m being unfair… Pippin and Merry were funny. Oh, and I thought it was really freaky the way Saruman possessed this king-guy and he got fingers that looked like huge worms and really milky eyes…

Something I love about this film: Pippin and Merry

My stars:

Humor: 4/10

Love: 2/10

Action: 7/10

Horror: 1/10

In All: 7/10

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  (2001)

Storyline: A young Hobbit of The Shire sets off on a long journey with eight companions to destroy the One Ring -which his uncle Bilbo Baggins had given to him- in Mount Doom and so destroy the dark lord Sauron.

Actors: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen

My review: I haven’t read the books (it must seem like I hate reading and only watch the films but I don’t, I actually love it, I just don’t seem to read the “classics”) so I don’t know how well the film sticks to the book. First of all, I have to say: It’s too long. I already thought that Harry Potter was almost too long with about 2 1/2 hours, but LotR is almost 3 hours long! Okay, I didn’t start longing for the end after one hour, but it just takes up so much time! My favourite character was Legolas, he was so calm but still he could use his bow and arrow really well. But I don’t like his name, it just always reminds me of LEGO. Oh, and I think Elijah Wood has got freaky huge blue eyes. The film was quite good, but I wouldn’t have made such a big hype about it. Wait. No. I should watch it again. Ahhh, okay. Watched it again, and I must say, this time I actually understood it. I prefer watching films with the subtitles ON because otherwise I’d probably miss the important parts ;).

Something I love about this film: the fireworks

My stars:

Love: 1/10

Humor: 3/10

Action: 7/10

In All: 7.5/10

If there’s anything major missing in the poll, please tell me!

And, please, if you ever have any tips for films for me to watch/review, post them in a comment!

Mary and Max

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Mary and Max  (2009)

Storyline: The film tells the story of 8-year old Mary Daisy Dinkle from Australia and her unlike, 44-year old, pen pal from America, Max Horowitz. Over the years, they develop a deep friendship (and eat a lot of chocolate bars).

Actors: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana

My review: You HAVE to see this film. It’s absolutely brilliant. It made me laugh loads, cry a little bit and it seems like the 1,5 hours are over in no time. The idea is really cute and I actually liked the way it was made with modelling clay because that gave it this touch which I think wouldn’t have been there with “real” people. There was one thing that kind of annoyed me a little bit with the modelling clay were the movements of their mouths when they ate, it ooked a bit freaky. The characters are very interesting and the narrator and Max have got really good voices. I loved Mary’s voice when she was a child, but I didn’t think her grown-up voice was that good. At the start I was a bit afraid that I wouldn’t understand it that well because of the australian accents, but that was no problem at all. The end is sad, but not in a “can’t-stop-crying-an-hour-after-I’ve-finished-the-film” way. I definitely recommend this film. I think I’m going to have to change my favourite film on the “About”-Site 😉 .

Something I love about this film: The poems on the gravestones. One of the funniest things I’ve ever read.

My stars:

Humor: 7/10

Love: 7/10

Action: 0.5/10

In All: 9/10

Inception

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Inception  (2010)

Storyline: Dom Cobb is best at stealing information from other people’s subconscience while they’re dreaming, so-called extraction. But to get back home to his kids, Cobb goes on a mission where he has to plant an idea into someones mind- inception.

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page

My review: We’d had this film for quite a while and I wanted to see, but until now I never really got to… Seeing it the first time round it was quite confusing especially the beginning because I never got if it was a dream or reality. When I saw the cover and read the text on the back, I thought it was going to be a total action film, but it wasn’t. The part with Mal was kind of freaky, maybe because of her voice (which I don’t think sounds very… nice ). The second time round was way better, I knew the story and I could concentrate on the “smaller” things. My only problem with the film was that the whole dream-reality-hing kind of freaked me out. Anyway, I love the film. (!!!SPOILER!!!) I really really really wanted Ariadne and Arthur to become a couple, because after they kiss she smiles really shy and cute, they would have been so sweet together! Well, there’s still some space left for MY imagination ;).

Something I love about this film: The scene with the water-kick where the water comes crashing in… looks absolutely amazing

My stars:

Humor: 5.5/10

Love: 6/10

Action: 8.5/10

Horror: 1/10

In All: 8.5/10

1001 MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE

Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre  (2011)

Storyline: After finishing school, young Jane Eyre works at a house as a governess. After a while she notices that she has got feelings for him and that he returns them. But Jane doesn’t know that he’s got a dark secret…

Actors: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench

My review: Once again, I didn’t read the book. Or watch any of the other Jane-Eyre-Films. I was a bit confused with all the time-changing during the film. Jane was kind of depressed, she smiled, like, TWICE in the 1 1/3 hours. Well, I also laughed about once. I don’t think that Mia Wasikowska is that pretty, but that’s something else. In old films and books it seems like the girls always get guys double their age. In Jane Eyre (at least that’s what I read) she’s 18/19 and Mr. Rochester is about 36/38… At some point the story started to get a bit of a scary “twist” but that didn’t really stay on for very long. And  Mr Rochester’s “dark secret” was kind of sick! (!!!SPOILER!!!) Okay, maybe you couldn’t get divorced back then, but how can you lock someone into a room without ANYTHING! No wonder she goes all crazy and tries setting the house on fire! Sorry, I just told you the ending 😀

Something I love about this film: the dresses

My stars:

Humor: 0.5/10

Love: 8/10

Action: 3/10

In All: 6/10