The last few weeks have proved to be a bit of a rollercoaster in the wonderful world of cinema. After the abundance of films released last week, this week is pretty thin on the ground. Could it be because everyone knew the 2nd instalment of The Hobbit was being released this week and there is no way they would make any money up against that at the box office? I have this sneaky little suspicion it just might be. So unfortunately, I can only deliver to you 2 film roundups for your reading pleasure.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the 13 dwarfs led by Thorin Oakenshield continue their journey on the epic pursuit to reclaim the lonely mountain and the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor. Their journey however is not plain sailing as they encounter many obstacles and battles along the way.
Produced, written and Directed again by Peter Jackson, anyone who saw the first instalment will have a good idea how this film will pan out. Seeing a return of all the actors we all know and love for their parts in this series of films such as Martin Freeman, Ian Mckellen etc. Guaranteed to be visually stunning and carrying on the unique shooting and projection frame rate of 48 frames per second (the film geeks amongst you will know what that means), we are in for a spectacular show. Some of the dye hard Hobbit fans maybe a little less impressed as the story doesn’t quite follow that of the legendary adventure of the book but it’s sure to be a huge improvement on the 1st this trilogy. Being action-packed with amazing visual affects this will certainly outshine the lacklustre performance of its predecessor.
SEE IF YOU LIKED: The Hobbit the Unexpected Journey, Lord Of the Rings
The Christmas Candle
In the sleepy, quiet town of Gladbury, nothing exciting or out of the ordinary ever happens, except at Christmas. The town has an old wives tale that every 25 years an angel visits the village candle maker and touches a single candle and whoever lights it will see their wish granted on Christmas Eve. However, in 1890 at the dawn of the modern age all that may be about to change. With the arrival of David Richmond (Han Matheson) a sceptical young minister, Gladbury’s humble candle-maker, Edward Haddington (Sylvester McCoy) must fight to preserve his family’s legacy. When the Christmas candle goes missing, the miraculous and the human collide in the most unbelievable Christmases’ the town has ever experienced.
The Christmas Candle is a British adaptation of a novel, with an array of British actors bringing back that old school Christmas film. It has the kind of feel you’d expect from the Dickens classic such as Scrooge and It’s a Wonderful Life (oh yes I went really old school). It’s Full of nostalgia, warmth, and a whole lot of cheese. However, whether this should be released onto the big screen is questionable; it would be more at home as a made-for-TV film. But hey it’s Christmas we all need to lighten up a bit and just take it for what it is.
SEE IF YOU LIKED: A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist.
MY PICK OF THE WEEK: THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG.
By Zehra Phelan