The Latest Movie Update

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

If you think this Disney film is childish, think again! “You are never too old to see a Disney film,” CHS student Marisa Marino stated. She loved the movie so much that she went to go see it twice in theaters.

“The previews were filled with songs, and cute and funny characters,” she commented. She also stated how she loved the catchy songs in the film. “One of my favorite parts of the movie was when Elsa, the Snow Queen, sings ‘Let It Go’ – it was such an amazing and powerful part of the movie.” Marisa recommends this movie for all ages that are looking for some fun. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit movie trilogy was an instant hit in the theaters. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second movie of this trilogy. In this fantasy film, Bilbo Baggins, a young Hobbit of Middle Earth, sets out on a journey with twelve dwarves and a wizard, Gandalf, in order to reclaim the dwarf kingdom that has been occupied by a dragon. While on the quest, Bilbo finds a special ring that has very powerful yet dark powers, which is the main theme in the Lord of the Rings books and movie trilogy. There is definitely lots of action and magic packed in the movie. The cast includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and more.

CHS student Jane Hilsenrath was very excited about the movie from the start. “There were characters added to the movie that were not in the original book. I wanted to see how the addition of these characters affected the story.” She is referring to the character Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom. He is a supporting role in the Lord of the Rings trilogies, but is not mentioned at all in Tolkien’s Hobbit. However, every movie is not perfect. “I like the book better,” she comments. “The movie was very good, but [it] left out some of the interesting scenes from the book.” She also states that Lord of the Rings, or even Harry Potter fans will definitely enjoy the trilogy. “If you like fantasy, action, and adventure, then you will like this movie.”

American Hustle is a fictional crime drama about a con man, Irving Rosenfeld and his assistant, Sydney Prosser who is forced to work for Richie DiMaso, an FBI agent. DiMaso forces them into a scheme of mobs and gangsters in New Jersey. As the story progresses, Carmine Polito, a New Jersey politician, is caught in the middle of the situation, and Rosenfeld’s wife holds the thread to solving the case. The cast includes Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and other well-known Hollywood stars.

While this movie is very eye catching and exciting, freshman Julia Campbell was disappointed. “I heard it got a lot of awards with an amazing cast so I wanted to go see it,” she stated. “But honestly, the movie was not as great as everyone was making it seem.” She went on to say that the movie promoted an image of action and intense fight scenes, but in reality the plot line was very shallow and hard to follow. “Unfortunately, I would not recommend it to others. Some people I’m sure will like it, but I personally was looking for more action and excitement.” Although the plot line was not as expected, Campbell commented on the great acting skills of the cast. “My favorite part was when Jennifer Lawrence went insane. It was really funny.”

If you are looking for some movies to watch with family and friends, then consider one of these movies! They are all very interesting and definitely worth watching.