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Mortal Engines (2018) Review




Director Peter Jackson has quickly become a recognizable name in Hollywood. The New Zealand born native began his film career by developing horror-ish comedy features like 1987’s Bad Taste and 1989’s Meet the Feebles before heading into other venues, including 1992’s zombie comedy Braindead and 1995’s the psychological drama Heavenly Creatures. While those particular feature films were created by him and gave him some credibility as a film director, Jackson’s career didn’t skyrocket off until he was given the opportunity to direct The Lord of the Rings trilogy; a cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic. Acting as a passion project, Jackson helmed not one, not two, but three feature films (consisting of the three installments of Tolkien’s novelized trilogy of Hobbits, Elves, Orcs, Wizards, and the Ring of Power). To his credit, Jackson succeeded in bringing Tolkien’s immersive fantasy world to the big screen with the releases of The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, The Two Towers in 2002, and The Return of the King in 2003, creating a massively huge fans base amongst moviegoers everywhere and universal acclaim. From there, Jackson worked on other projects such as 2005 remake of King Kong and 2009’s supernatural drama The Lovely Bones before returning back to Tolkien’s fantasy world once again to create The Hobbit trilogy; a cinematic three film adaptation of Tolkien’s prequel installment to The Lord of the Rings (i.e. An Unexpected Journey in 2012, The Desolation of Smaug in 2013, and The Battle of the Five Armies in 2014). In addition to his directorial work, Jackson has also dabbled in being a screenplay writer (for several of his directorial projects) as well as acting as a producer for several movies, including 2009’s small-scale sci-fi drama District 9, 2011’s animated feature The Adventure of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, and 2012’s documentary film West of Memphis. Now, Universal Pictures (and Jackson’s Wingnut Films) and director Christian Rivers presents the latest big-budgeted epic motion picture (with Jackson producing the feature) with the movie Mortal Engines, based on the book of the same name by Phillip Reeve. Does this movie find its cinematic footing within its immersive world or does it flounder within its lofty ideas and barrage of CG visuals? Read more

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review




All good stories deserve a little embellishment” Gandalf the Grey said to a young hobbit named Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s first chapter of his Hobbit Trilogy titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Truer words were never spoken. The film, which debuted in December of 2011, scored big at the box office, but was heavily criticized (by fans and critics alike) for its lengthy duration and slow-moving plot points as many began to doubt how a 310-page novel could be overly stretch into three bloated feature films and still live up to the same measure as its prodigal cinematic father: The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Now, a year later, Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin and the whole company return to theaters this holiday season with the second chapter titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Does this epic fantasy continuance of a tale rise above its predecessor or is it all Smaug and no fire? Read more

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review



When the dust had finally settled on director Peter Jackson’s Return of the King, the final installment in his cinematic adaptation of J.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, many began to speculate if and when Jackson and his creative team would return to the fictional world of Middle-Earth once again to adapt The Hobbit, the precursor novel to Tolkien’s illustrious fantasy trilogy. After years of financial studio woes and debated legal matters, Jackson finally agree to helm the project, returning to his world of hobbits, dwarves, elves, and wizards in exploring the tale of Bilbo Baggins with a whole new film trilogy (beginning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and continue on with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). Now the final chapter in Peter Jackson epic retelling of The Hobbit comes to a dramatic conclusion in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Does this last installment bring closure to this fantasy adventure or is it an unsatisfying bloated blockbuster? Read more