Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Review

Do not go comparing or setting your standards for The Hobbit with The Lord of The Rings. Else you will be dissapointed.

The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings are never the same in terms of storyline. One is a journey and adventure. Another one is a quest and a battle against good and evil.

The Lord of The Rings are split so perfectly because from the start the author has canonized the whole story into 3 books. So when it comes to making the movies, I think Peter Jackson had an easier time and clearer picture on when to split the movie into 3 parts with good connectivity.

The Hobbit itself is a book. It was not as concise and thorough compared to The Lord of The Rings. So yes there are difficulties into putting an end to a movie part.

I personally thought An Unexpected Journey started and ended quite well, very very much like how The Fellowship of The Rings performed. 

My thoughts on The Desolation of Smaug is: (MINI SPOILER ALERT!)

1. The starting was okay. We can see the effort of trying to relink the audience to what happened in the first film, where we see some unseen plot that builds up the whole story. But the "12 months later" was quite unacceptable as I expected something better (what happened in The Two Tower was it started off with Gandafl battling the Balrog inside the Mines of Moria, falling down into the dark abyss, just until Frodo woke up from the nightmare he had. Simple and classy).

2. I know there are more to come in the 3rd movie There and Back Again. But the ending for The Desolation of Smaug was too cliffhanging. You see the dragon flying towards Laketown and then, movie ends. Too cliffhanging and its like hitting a low note on the verge of an orgasm (sorry for my choice of words)

3. My favourite scene would be Bilbo Baggins inside Erebor, meeting Smaug. The Desolation of Smaug has its fair share of action and fight scenes, but it is nothing compared to the epic battles that have been waged in The Two Towers.

So yes, I admit that I set the bar too high for The Desolation of Smaug. :/

But overall on its own, the 2nd film is nonetheless a prelude to the epic finale

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My 2 Cents Worth on Moyes

Moyes. Meddling Moyes. My goodness what's wrong Moyes.

Manchester is red. But there are 2 shades of red at the moment. One still holding faith to Moyes. Another half condoning him.

I think most United fans have given up hope for at least this season to defend the Premier League title. Admit it. Moyes is no super coach. He's not Guardiola or Mourinho. He just isn't the kind of manager who performs miracles.

Given his reputation and achievements at Everton, I would say he is an average coach, BUT with the ability to pull out surprises once in a while (like every staggered season?)

He isn't the kind of manager where you would expect greatness and glory. Yes I'm making assumptions. Yes it's even barely one season. But think back: Mourinho came out of nowhere, lead Porto to greatness, then Chelsea too. Guardiola made Barca the best team in the world, now Bayern are somewhat a shadow of the late Barca.

Yes Moyes is given the chance and liability to tinker with the squad and tactics. But it is definitely unacceptable for taking over the team, which has plenty of talent and yet failing to pick up even mundane wins.

I accept that it would be impossible for us to get any silverware at the start of the season. But never would I fathom that we would be languishing outside a Europe competition standings. This is just too much.

I'm not trying to convert every United fan around the world to hate Moyes. I just don't think that he's the right man for the job.

Don't go comparing Sir Alex with Moyes. Sir Alex started building his squad FROM SCRATCH. Moyes took over United like manager mode on FIFA 14.

It is not proven that 100% of trust and time given will pay dividends. I wonder how long will the loyalty towards Moyes last? After ending up relegated? After one season?

The moment United can't even manage top 6, I know this man is very well incompetent of his job.

And don't get me started on his choice of selection. Dammnit!

P.S. Go to google and google Moyes. Look at the top 5 choices. Moyes OUT!