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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

I had to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, because I’d seen all the previous parts too. My son gave me a sneak peak of what the movie was about, but I had no exact idea.

Visually this movie, as others before, was amazing. Still, it’s my least favorite of the Hobbit-trilogy. Two other movies had some kind of a story, this was just battle.

I have no idea how the story really ends, I haven’t read the book. Some have said that it’s different from the original ending. I can’t say anything about that.

The good thing in all these movies is the performance of Martin Freeman as young Bilbo Baggins. I also like Ian McKellen as Gandalf. Oh, and Smaug has a lovely voice, doesn’t he (I happent to like a Benedict Cumberbatch).

I went, I saw it, it ended the story, I’m going to forget it. Sorry.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Oh well, another superhero movie. I wouldn’t probably go and watch these movies if there weren’t three men in my family. So, last friday my husband wanted to see X-Men: Days of Future Past and I went to see it with him.

First some good things. Special effects were good and there are some great actors in this movie, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Michael Fassbender, to name a few. There was plenty of action and the there was the 1970’s.

I must say that this movie didn’t provoke any deep thoughts in me. I think that you must be a true fan to enjoy these movies truly. I’m not. So, I don’t have much to say about this.

X-Men: Days of Future Past was an okay movie to watch, one time.

I like Wolverine, though.

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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Oh dear, what a story.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, written by John Boyne. Innocence of childhood and open-mindedness is the heart of this story. Two little boys just don’t understand why they have to be on different sides of the barbed wire fence. Why can’t they just play together? What is happening on the other side of the fence? Why all those people look so sad and wear striped pyjamas? Curiosity, nothing good came of it in this book.

Children are not prejudiced by nature, they learn it from other people. When they are little, they are open-minded and show honest interest in things. I wish we could all keep that when we grow up.

This book will definitely stay in my mind for a long time. When I realised what’s going to happen, I put my hand to the front of my mouth, I was so shocked. What a sad story. Beatiful in a way, at the same time very, very ungly.

I heard, that a movie has been made based on this book. I’m not sure I want to see it.

One unforgettable book.

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The Railway Man

I’ve made an observation. When the movie people have watched is somehow emotive, sad, moving, shocking or something else, people in the movie theatre stay quietly in their seats even if the movie has ended. No hasty egress, no loud talking. Just stillness. This is what happened yesterday, when I went to see The Railway Man.

The movie was emotive. It touched me. And what makes it even more touching is that it is a true story. An incredible story about love, courage and forgiveness. Some people may find Colin Firth’s performance too quiet or too stiff. In my eyes it was just what it needed to be. A man who has experienced such horrible things as Eric Lomax, can’t be an archetype of happiness. Jeremy Irvine played the young Lomax. I didn’t know him before but he did a good jog.

As an actor, I love Colin Firth. There’s something very real and honest about everything he does. And, of course, there was Nicole Kidman as Lomax’s wife Patti (my husband loves Nicole Kidman, so he was happy). Nicole Kidman did a solid performance but it was an average one, I’ve seen better ones from her.

And the story. Unbelievable cruelty and unbelievable forgiveness. Eric Lomax must have a great heart because he was able to forgive all the horrible things that he had to go thru and even become friends with one of his torturers. An amazing thing, I say. I’ve heard someone say that you have to forgive the bad things that someone has done to you. Not because of the other person but because of yourself. That is the only way you can find peace. That’s what happened to Eric Lomax. All the many years of suffering after those horrible experiences. I’m happy that he found peace, at least I hope he did.

The movie woke up some thoughts in my head. If Eric Lomax was able to forgive such terrible acts, why aren’t we able to forgive smaller things? We carry grudges for years and years for so small reasons. Is it possible to forgive if the other person doesn’t regret? If the other person doesn’t realise that he or she has hurt you? Can you forgive just for the sake of yourself and let go? Big questions. I know I can’t, not yet.

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The Monuments Men

War theme continues, but with a different kind of war movie, The Monuments Men.

The story was interesting, that’s why I went to see this movie. A movie based on a true story about a group of men tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. In this unlikely group there’s many familiar faces, John Goodman (as Walter Garfield), Bill Murray (as Richard Campbell), Matt Damon (as James Granger), Bob Balaban (as Preston Savitz), Jean Dujardin (as Jean Claude Clermont) and George Clooney (as Frank Stokes). And always so lovely Cate Blanchett as Claire Simone. When I went to see The Monuments Men I expected it to be more of an action movie. It wasn’t.

Many famous and talented actors. Yet, the movie didn’t quite reach to the highest level of entertainment. It was okay, sometimes a little slow, watchable. The Monuments Men is not memorable and somehow I didn’t feel the excitement after the movie, although some of the great masterpieces of art was saved.

There was something missing, I just can’t say what it was.

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Lone Survivor

I hardly ever watch war movies. Still, last week I went to see Lone Survivor with my son.

In Lone Survivor the violence is horrifying, but war is horrible and violent. Some have said that Lone Survivor is very realistic. I can’t say anything about that, I haven’t experienced war, luckily.

All in all Lone Survivor was quite an intense movie. Me and my son, we were gripped by the story and two hours went fast. Lone Survivor is not going to be my most favorite movie, but it was okay and left us feeling a little uncomfortable, so it must have affected us somehow.

After the movie I really felt sad for the sake of all the killed soldiers and their families. But I also felt sad  for the sake of those people who have to live their lives in the middle of wartime or with the constant fear for one’s life. I’m so lucky.

And I remembered why I rarely watch war movies, they are very oppressive.

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Thor: The Dark World

Another Marvel-movie with my guys. This time Thor: The Dark World.

Thor: The Dark World was watchable. A lot of action, spacegrafts, battles and weird-looking characters. Still, it was somehow boring. Some big yawns came in the middle of the movie, but I managed to stay awake.

I must say that Chris Hemsworth is a very good choice for the part of Thor. He is charismatic and looks very good, masculine and strong. But the most interesting character is Loki, Thor’s brother, played by Tom Hiddleston. There’s something very interesting about Mr. Hiddleston. He is magnetic and his eyes look straight through you. And some characters in the movie are, in my opinoin, purposeless, like annoying Darcy Lewis, played by Kat Dennings.

The story in Thor: The Dark World is ordinary,  but, I dare say, it’s the same in almost all super hero movies. There was nothing special in this movie, just a lot of fighting and explosions. One guy beats all and saves the universe, and the woman of his dreams. Yet, I like heroes that conquir every misfortune and every bad guy and Thor did just that.

The ending of the movie implicates that there’s still more to come.

I think the first Thor-movie (2011) was better. Anyway, my guys loved Thor: The Dark World. I guess that I’m not necessarily part of the target audience. But, luckily, the movie offers some feast for the eyes, so that the women in the audience get some entertainment too.

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