I was disappointed with the final Hobbit film

Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!

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So, it starts off, Smaug is terrorising Lake Town. I mean, that’s to be expected after the second film… then they kill him off within the first five minutes?????? They spend a whole sequel centred around this main character only to kill him off at the beginning of the third one??!!!

But that’s not my main problem with the film. An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug created this fantastic build up to some grand finale, and I just feel like The Battle of the Five Armies let them down. After Smaug was killed off, I felt like the whole film was just kind of dragged out and there was no climatic point during the battle, leaving me slightly underwhelmed.

…So they decide to kill off three of the main characters?!! This is not ok! First, they kill off Fili, leaving his brother Kili distraught, only to bunk him off too and leave Tauriel to spend her immortal life without him. How could this possibly add to the story? (I know that they die and Tauriel doesn’t even exist in the book, and Peter Jackson wanted to keep the film true to the book despite introducing an elf-dwarf-elf love triangle, but it’s still not ok!)

Fili and Kili at Bag-End. Credit: LOTR Wiki

And Thorin’s death was rather confusing. One minute he’s stabbed and unable to move, then ten seconds later he’s able to kill Azog and get up and walk to witness the destruction caused by the battle from his icy mountain top, with no visible wound. Two minutes later he’s collapsed and back on the floor with some mortal wound that’s bleeding all over the ice.

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Credit: Wikipedia

On a good note, the song by Billy Boyd played during the credits was a nice touch.

LEGO Star Wars Kashyyyk Troopers Set No.75035

LEGO Star Wars Kashyyyk Troopers Set no. 75035

Minifigures Supplied: 2 Elite Corps Troopers, 2 Kashyyyk Clone Troopers

Age: 6-12

Time Taken: 8 minutes

No of pieces: 99

Difficulty: 1/5

Fiddly-ness: 2/5

Fun: 4/5

Suitable for: Beginners

For our last Christmas at school, me and my friends did a Secret Santa, and this was my gift. This is definitely a great starter kit for new LEGO/Star Wars fans, and can still bring a few minutes of fun for even the most experienced builder!

As this was a gift, I’m unwilling to look at the price, but the set is available to buy in most LEGO shops and on their website (link is to UK site, but region can be changed)

Original photos taken on a Nokia Lumia 520, no effects/editing used except cropping.

Christmas Wish list 2014

I say this every year, but I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas already! That means it’s time for this year’s Christmas wish list:

1. Brick Flicks – Santa was very generous last year and brought both the LEGO Death Star and R2D2, so instead of asking for a model this year, I’ve asked for a LEGO-related item. This is a book of film posters recreated using LEGO Minifigures.

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier DVD

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3. TaylorHe Laptop Bag no.159 Stars in Space    Available on Play.com

TaylorHe 15.6 inch 15 inch 16 inch Hard Wearing Nylon Laptop Carry Case Colourful Laptop Shoulder Bag with Patterns, Side Pockets Handles and Detachable Strap Blue Stars in Space No 159

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4. Paloma Faith – A Perfect Contradiction

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5. Yoda Slippers Available at Disney Store UK

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What’s on your Christmas list this year?

October Favourites 2014

TV: The Apprentice

This year is the show’s 10th series, so they’ve switched up the format and brought in 10 men and 10 women to battle for the prize of being Lord Sugar’s new business partner. So far, we’ve had triple-firings, coach trips and bright yellow candles. Who knows what shenanigans we’ll be witnessing next?

Wednesday 9pm, BBC1

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Music: Fall Out Boy – Centuries

I haven’t listened to many Fall Out Boy songs, but this one is so epic that I might end up on a mass shopping spree to hunt down more of their music. The video’s not bad, either…

Tech: YouTube

I know YouTube has been available since 2005, but it was over half term that I really started to appreciate its no-limit policy, because I watched an insane number of talent show auditions; BGT, AGT, The Voice UK, The Voice USA, most European adaptations of The Voice, X Factor, I watched them all. And I liked it. So much so that I must prepare you for an upcoming video-heavy post about my favourite versions of The Voice from around the world, but I will save it for after Christmas (yes, I did just say Christmas) to allow you to recover after my last few posts.

Top Films Released in UK Cinemas: Nov/Dec 2015

There have been so many great films out this year, including The LEGO movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and you’d be right in thinking that some of the best films have been reserved for Christmas release (new instalments of The Hobbit and The Hunger Games to come!). There are some sequels as well as spin-offs and new ideas in the line-up, so let’s get started!

NB: I desperately tried to avoid a video-heavy post so soon after the Disney song list, but it’s difficult to make a decision on whether or not to see a film without having seen the trailer.

November release

14th – Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?

Starring: Marc Wootton, Martin Clunes, Jason Watkins, Celia Imrie, Catherine Tate, Adam Garcia

Mr Poppy is back! This time, Martin Clunes is the teacher of the St Bernadette’s children, and together they go on the search for Archie the donkey as they race to reunite Mr Sheppard (Clunes) with his fiancée Sophie (Tate) in New York. But how will Gordon Shakespeare interfere this time?

20th – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks

Since destroying the hunger games, Katniss (Lawrence) has to fight to save Peeta (Hutcherson) and the rest of Panem.

28th – Paddington

Starring: Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi

The marmalade-sandwich-loving bear stars in his first feature-length film as he travels to London in search of a home. The Peruvian soon feels lost at Paddington Station until he meets the Brown family, who take him into their care after seeing, “Please look after this bear!” hung around his neck.

December release

5th – Penguins of Madagascar

Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch

We knew it wouldn’t be long before the loveable, cunning penguins got their own film. They already have their own TV series on VIVA (Freeview channel 21) but obviously DreamWorks have decided that we don’t see enough of them (I’m not complaining, they are rather entertaining) and we don’t have to wait long to see it! Skipper, Private, Rico and Kowalski are back, this time to team up with another squad, led by Agent Classified (Cumberbatch). They must defeat the evil Dr. Brine and foil his plan for world destruction.

12th – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Starring: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the release of the next Hobbit film, would it? The third and final instalment in Peter Jackson’s trilogy sees Smaug rage terror over Lake-town, while Thorin is only interested in the reclaim of his homeland, leaving Bilbo and the dwarves to fight for themselves. Will Middle-Earth survive?

19th – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Starring: Ben Stiller, Dan Stevens, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson

Either they kept this very quiet, or I’ve lived under a rock for the past year, because I had no idea they were making a third Night at the Museum film! I thought the second film was funnier than the first one, but I’m not sure if they’ve exhausted all their jokes, and I don’t really see how a further film could add to the storyline, but it could work. As the tablet of Ahkmenrah begins to die out, Larry must go globetrotting with the help of Sir Lancelot (Stevens) to save the magic.

All information correct at time of writing