The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

My rating: ratings5

I saw this fantastic movie with my good friend Jake and my dad on New Year’s Day in 3D. This film is based on the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien and it is a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this film is directed by Peter Jackson. Some actors also acted in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, such as Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving.

Like the book, the film tells the story of a young hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who is hired by a wizard named Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) to accompany 13 dwarves on a quest to reclaim their home, the Lonely Mountain, from a dragon named Smaug.

My friend, my dad and I all enjoyed this movie, even though it was really long (it’s almost 3 hours long!). I liked many things about this movie, including the action, the humor, the music, the cast and the costume design. I heard it was already nominated at least 2 Oscars, including Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Visual Effects!

I would recommend this movie for kids 10 and up, but kids younger might  be too scared or freaked out and they might think it is too long. I can’t wait until Part 2 (which hit theaters on December 13, 2013) and Part 3 (which hits theaters on December 17, 2014)!

Also, here is the website and the trailer of this movie.

The photo below is a picture of my friend (who saw the movie with me) and I next to a picture of Bilbo Baggins holding up a sword.20130101_201322

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Parental Guidance

My rating: ratings4

When grandparents Artie (Billy Crystal) and Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandchildren when their parents (Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott) leave town for a week, problems arise when the kids’ 21st-century behaviors collide with Artie and Diane’s old-school methods. But this movie, which is directed by Andy Fickman, is also about the value of family.

I really enjoyed this comedy and thought it was hilarious! I think that even the trailer of this movie will make you crack up!!!! I really liked how they made the credits, which you will have to stay tuned for and find out yourself when you watch the movie!!!!!!!!!!!  I would recommend this movie for kids 10 and over but it might be too uninteresting for kids younger than that. They also might not get any of the funny things in this movie.

Also, here is the website and the trailer of this movie.

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Some interesting stats on FilmToppings in 2012

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