The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King- Movie Review

Here we are at the end of the trilogy. It can be hard to know where the film begins. You might think it would be like Two Towers where it continues where Fellowship ended. However, Return of the King started as a flashback as to how Gollum got the ring and how he became the creature that he is- that might be a bit confusing to first time viewers.

While the evil might of the Dark Lord Sauron swarms out to conquer all Middle Earth, Frodo and Sam struggle deep into Mordor, seat of Sauron’s power. To defeat the Dark Lord, the One Ring, ruler of all the accursed Rings of Power, must be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom. But the way is impossibly hard, and Frodo is weakening. Weighed down by the compulsion of the Ring, he begins finally to despair.

Major or Minor Spoilers:

As with the other films, Middle Earth comes to life. That is one of the best things about this series. They know how to make this fantasy world come to life. You really feel like you are in Middle Earth. You are always introduced to someplace different in each film. In this one, Frodo and Sam finally enter Mordor, and the biggest battle finally happens.

The “hidden passage” to Mordor is actually a spider’s lair- I was worried and scared for Frodo- despite knowing what is going to happen. I knew it wasn’t right to trust Gollum, but at the same time, Frodo and Sam never would have made it into Mordor without him. Most of the time in this film was spent outside of Frodo’s plot- it spent most of it’s time preparing and being at battle. Boy, the good guys were outnumbered- all of the films, I did not like Middle Earth attacked like that, but they never lost hope. Sam continued to be loyal to Frodo in his quest to destroy the ring, such as carrying him when he was too weak to continue up the mountain.

Just like with all Lord of the Rings films, the music helped a lot. It set up all the scenes. It told you when danger was coming- I loved how it set that up. It did give you a sense of worry.

This was the longest Lord of the Rings film, but was worth it. It was the darkest film, which was the strongest during the battle. You could easily see at Mordor that the Ring was becoming even harder on Frodo and making him weaker. He wouldn’t have made it that far without Sam. I was satisfied with the ending- even though Frodo had to leave Middle Earth. His quest was a huge burden on him and left him scarred for life- he still hadn’t fully healed from what happened to him during to the Quest- those are reasons why he had to leave.

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Lord of the Rings: Two Towers- Movie Review

Yesterday, I review the first movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In that one, Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, and other’s have gone off on a quest to destroy the One Ring to destroy, it, which is Frodo’s job. At the end, the Fellowship is separated. Now it is just Frodo and Sam- they are continuing the quest to destroy the Ring.

The Fellowship is scattered. Some are bracing hopelessly for war against the ancient evil of Sauron. Some are contending with treachery with the treachery of the wizard Sauruman. Only Frodo and Sam are left to take the One Ring, ruler of all the accursed Rings of Powers, to be destroyed in Morder, the dark realm where Sauron is supreme. Their quite is Gollum, deceitful and lust-filled, slave to the corruption of the Ring

This movie continues exactly where Fellowship of the Ring ends. The ring is starting to became a bigger burden on Fordo, but Sam still stays loyal to Frodo no matter what. When Fellowship of the Ring ends, you wonder what will happen to this characters- for me, I especially care about the Hobbits, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Sam.

Major and Minor Spoilers

When Sam and Merry were captured in Fellowship, I was scared something would happen to them. I was scared then those bad guys thought about eating them, but Gimli, Leoglas, Aragorn was coming to their rescue. These sheer had their storyline, while Merry and Pippin had their storyline going on, and Frodo and Sam had theirs.

Things have gotten darker. The ring has had become a bigger burden on Frodo. It is also is heavier. Good thing, he has Sam- he couldn’t have made it as far as he had without Sam. Then Gollum shows up- his voice is scary- I literally want to tell Frodo not to trust him- (knowing the books)- even though Gollum is the only one who knows the way into Mordor. Even Sam knows not to trust Gollum.

Even Gimi, Aragorn, and Legolas has a lot to deal with. They have a big fight to deal with. They are saying to protect the humans. They are way outnumbered- even with help. Even with the human fighters and the elf helpers- still way outnumbered.

So this movie has an emotional effect on me as well- last like the first one those. That is because I already formed a strong love for Middle Earth and for the characters. I know I in particular love the Hobbits the most- but I do love characters such Leagolas, Aragon, and Gimli as well- you formed a connection with them in Fellowship of the Ring. Lord of the Rings series is very strong in does that to you. You want them to succeed- you want Middle Earth to survive- not be destroyed. The music does the same thing- tell you when danger is about to happen.

A line that same Sam and Frodo said is interesting- is something around- I hope people know our story- I am like I am watching your story being told.

Just like Fellowship, Middle Earth comes to life. In all of mountains and you finally get an idea of what Mordor looks like. Gollum lead them to the black gate, but it is nearly impossible to get in. Right when Gollum says, I know another way- I don’t want Frodo to listen- I know what it leads to- I don’t want Frodo to go that way. I care about these characters so much. Frodo does have his flaws- there are times he does act on impulse or ways that does seem like Frodo and so on- a lot of that is caused by the ring- you have to remember that. The ring is such a burden.

I think I might actually want to own this movie series.

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings- Movie Review

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smith, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all other. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages, it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose

After I read the books, I always wanted to watch the movies. It was the length of the movies that kept me back.

One of the things I love about this movie is the prologue. It tells you about all the Rings were made and what the One Ring was made. It tells you about how it fell in the hands of Bilbo. If it didn’t have the prologue, the rest of the movie would be confusing. You have to understand all of this to understand why Frodo must go on this quest. From the prologue alone, you can tell this is such an incredible film.

Then you actually move into the plot. I knew exactly who Frodo was even though you just saw a Hobbit in the opening. I knew the one Hobbit you saw had to be Frodo all because he is the main character of the Lord of the Rings series. That was how I figured it out. I even was able to figure out who else went on the journey- in terms of Hobbits. You start to care about them pretty quickly. You even care about Gandalf- he is quite wise. Merry and Pippin are the youngest Hobbits on the journey and are troublemakers- you can tell.

I loved all of the action scenes. You worry for these characters. They have a lot to go against. I do know it is more than just Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin- it is like 8 of them. They have to fight those were on the dark side- you always hope they make it. It actually is the Hobbits I care about the most- especially Frodo. That does show he is a main character worth rooting for. The ring does have an emotional toll on him at times, but at the same time has to deal with rough times when those dark creatures try to attack them because they want to kill them. I am like “don’t kill him or don’t hurt him” even though I know they will not- after all I read the books. I love Sam a lot- I love his loyalty to Frodo.

In terms of music, it is wonderful- it does make you aware if something bad is going to happen. This film does an incredible job of creating Middle Earth. From the Shire to the other locations, it looks like Middle Earth. You love looking at all of the different locations. Can’t wait to see all of this in the next movie. What will happen to Frodo next? Will I own the movie- yes I will.

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald Review (non-spoiler)

My Harry Potter History:

I grew up with Harry Potter. I was a fan of the movies and books growing up. I fell in love with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and their adventures. I loved the magic and fantasy and everything about the world that J.K Rowling created. I loved visiting Platform 9 and 3/4 in London and buying a Gryffindor scarf.

Fantastic Beasts:

I was excited when I heard about the Fantastic Beasts prequel to Harry Potter. I wondered how it would connect to Harry Potter. I am not a Potterhead- I am not obsessed with Harry Potter, but still a big fan of the series. When I heard Eddie Redmayne was playing Newt, I was really excited about that- after all he was my first Marius so Newt would be my second role with him. After seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I fell in love with Newt right away. I fell in love with all of the different beasts. It was fun seeing all of the different references to Harry Potter- only a Harry Potter fan would spot them. I was definitely going to continue watching the series. I just had to wait till the 2nd movie came out.

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Leading up to Crimes of Grindelwald:

Leading to this film, I ended up watching all the Harry Potter films. The day before, I watched the first Fantastic Beasts movie. I only saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them once- so parts of it I did not remember. I do remember the basic plot- that some of Newt’s creatures got loose and that he had to recapture them. I wanted to rewatch it so that way Crimes of Grindelwald would make sense- understand what I mean?

Review of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

“In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world”

There was a mixed opinion from the public about this movie. I wondered what would happen to Newt, Queenie, Tina, and Jacob especially Newt. I was NOT at all interested in Grindelwald- I have a strong distaste for him. I was excited about coming across characters that were not in the first movie. I was excited about seeing other Harry Potter references- I heard this movie would make the connect between Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter make a lot more sense.

I loved this movie. Eddie Redmayne continues to be amazing as Newt. Turns out his Niffler has babies. There are new beasts now- loved seeing the new beasts. This film begins about 3 months after the last movie ends. There is much more I discovered about Newt. Turns out he has an older brother. He is enlisted by Dumboldore to find Grindelwald (Johnny Deep) and fight him. Newt’s journey begins in London and ends in Paris, where most of the film takes place. People feel like Newt hasn’t gotten much to do in this film, but I disagree. Don’t forget, this series is a Fantastic Beasts film- so the Beasts are important. The Beasts are helpful in certain scenes (not going to say when due to spoilers)

Turns out Jacob did not forget what happened in New York. He still remembers Newt and the Beasts. Queenie (I think) filled him in on everything else. Nice to see him back- that he did not forget.

This film is mostly about Grindelwald and his raise to power. He has gotten more evil in this film. I feel like he is manipulative and spreading lies to the magical community. While Newt is the protagonist of the series, this movie focuses a lot more Grindelwald- look at the title. Newt is still important in this movie.

There are a lot of plots twists and turns in this movie. If you loved the first film, I recommend watching this one. It connects a lot more to Harry Potter than the first one. I love the special effects found in the magic and the Beasts- of course.

What is my favorite Christmas Movie?

I am a millennial. Millennials favorite Christmas movies tend to be movies like Elf, Home Alone, or Polar Express. However, my favorite Christmas movie is not any of those. It happens to be A Christmas Carol (George C Scott Version). It has been tradition to watch A Christmas Carol every Christmas Season for as long as I can remember. 

What makes A Christmas Carol my favorite Christmas Movie? It is hard to explain exactly. People do know that I love the classics in terms of books, and A Christmas Carol is one of those classics. It was written by Charles Dickens. It is home to memorable characters and a plot to fall in love with. I love how the spirits teach Scrooge that he needs to change- they show him just how greedy and cold-hearted he has become, and he learns through the true meaning of Christmas. Every spirit is different giving you a different feeling- the Ghost of Christmas Future creeps me out. At the end, Scrooge redeems himself and helps the Cratchit family. 

In terms of characters: I love how Scrooge changes through the story. Who can not fall in love with the Cratchit family especially Tiny Tim, who has so much spirit and hope. There are other characters to fall in love with. 

This movie just shows you the true meaning and value of Christmas. It shows the spirit of Christmas perfectly. There is something about it that makes it my favorite Christmas movie. It has an amazing plot- a good movie has an amazing plot with memorable characters. I love the foreshadowing put into this movie. 

The Man Who Invented Christmas Review

Yesterday with my mom, I saw the Man Who Invented Christmas. It is a story about how Charles Dickens wrote his famous book, A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol is my favorite Dickens story. Charles also is one of my favorite classic authors.

This movie was wonderful. It shows how sometimes a really good author can have writer’s block at times. It shows what was going on in Charles Dickens’ imagination while writing the story. It shows the various characters. It seems as if Charles Dickens had a limited time to write the book and yet it still is a marvelous. Many people were unsure about a Christmas ghost story.

Dan Stevens played Charles Dickens wonderfully. He really showed Dickens’ frustration at the novel. This book according to the movie ended up writing A Christmas Carol after Oliver Twist. It seems as if he got inspiration for his novel from his surroundings and names he heard people say on the streets. Tiny Tim for instance was inspired by his nephew and he became Mr. Cratchit.

I had no clue that Christopher Plummer was Mr. Scrooge. He still was a wonderful Scrooge. Christopher actually acted like Mr. Scrooge. It seems at first Charles Dickens did not think Scrooge could not change after seeing all the ghost. But Mr. Scrooge told him that he will honor Christmas after those visits. This after all was going on Charles Dickens’ imagination.

As for the other actors, they were incredible as well. It shows what he imagined each ghost to look like and the Cratchit family. Some scenes were kind of scary especially when it comes to Christmas Future Ghost because after all, that is the creepiest ghost. The illustrator who illustrated some of the book thought a ghost could not be jolly, but that is how Ghost of Christmas Present is supposed to look like.

How can earth can an author write a book in only about six weeks.

I have no idea how much of this movie is accurate. But I recommended this movie to “A Christmas Carol” fans and people who are writers and aspiring writers.

Movies of My Childhood

There are some incredible movies that best represent my childhood. It shows some of the things I have been interested in when I was younger. So below is a list of the movies that represent my childhood.

  1. Finding Nemo
  2. Lilo and Stich
  3. Lion King
  4. Aladdin
  5. Beauty and the Beast
  6. Annie (1982)
  7. Sound of Music
  8. Wizard of OZ
  9. Land Before Time Series
  10. Princess Diaries
  11. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  12. First couple of Harry Potter movies

So as a kid, I was exposed to some of most famous Disney movies. Disney movies were some of my first experiences with musicals and so was movies like Wizard of OZ, Annie and Sound of Music. I loved watching Land Before Time as a kid because I have always been fascinated by dinosaurs. I first saw Harry Potter in elementary school and when I first watched time, I tied a blanket around the neck since I was scared to see the first one so I let a superhero watch it. Some of these movies I still watch in the present as of right now.