I just wanted to let you know that my Uncle Jose and I saw the 7:00 P.M. movie presentation of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 2D last Saturday night.
The only 2 things that I knew walking into this movie were this:
1. The story: Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman) is a reluctant hobbit who wanted to be left alone in his quiet comfort which is a hobbit-hole who is called by the wizard Ganddalf (played by Ian McKellen) and 13 other homeless dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (played by Richard Armitage) to go on an unexpected journey across Middle-earth to go to The Lonely Mountain to get their gold back from Smaug the dragon.
2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I thought that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was a fun, funny and epic prequel with a very good story with a lot of funny lines written by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro, awesome acting performances by Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis, great directing by Peter Jackson, fantastic visuals by Weta Digital, incredible action scenes, amazing music by Howard Shore and a charming message about a good and brave hobbit learning not to doubt himself and his intelligence to gain the confidence necessary so that he can make a big difference in the world no matter how confusing and difficult the mission may seem at first.
I give The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey a Full Price!!
I just wanted to let you know that I finished watching Lost In Translation.
I thought Lost In Translation was a wonderful movie with a nice story written by Sofia Coppola, great acting performances by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, good directing by Sofia Coppola and a sweet message about two talented people learning that the best thing to do in a city where you know no one or understand anything is to bond in an unexpected but surprising friendship that may not last forever but you will remember forever.
I give Lost In Translation 4 out of 5 stars. A Full Price!!
By the way, there is a small chance that my family and I might see Les Miserables this uppcoming Friday or Saturday night.
My favorite Kurosawa is Ikiru. It's deeply personal and there is no action element but it's the most moving thing AK ever did IMHO. Stray Dog is a great gritty cop drama. Red Beard is period but non-action-y and very touching.