Been awhile since I last watched a movie with the wifey.
Today we managed to catch the above at GV Katong.
1) Good Rotten Tomatoes Rating
Considering our first choice being The Hunger Games 2, this alternative wasn't a bad one. Since The Hunger Games was not showing in cinemas anymore, we chose the show with the highest Rotten Tomatoes rating. At 78% approval, this movie definitely did not disappoint.
2) A Bloody Long Movie That Flew By
As with any Peter Jackson movie, this instalment was 2hr 45min long. By the time we left the cinema, we had to rush the rest of our planned errands. That being said, the pace of the movie and its exciting storyline meant it literally flew by. Did not feel like a drag at all.
3) LOTR Background Helps
Having an LOTR Trilogy background will certainly help. I didn't catch the first instalment of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, because I had read that it was not good at all. My fears that I couldn't catch on to the gyst of the movie proved unfounded as many characters were easily recognizable. There was Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins (far younger), and of course, Legolas. The Hobbit Trilogy is a prelude to the LOTR Trilogy so it was good to see bits and pieces familiar.
4) A Real Dragon
Any scene with Smaug the fire-breathing dragon was, IMHO, one of the most fascinating scenes of the movie. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for those flying lizards.
5) Elf-Dwarf Relationship Steals The Show
The relationship between the Dwarf, Kili and the Elf, Tauriel, wins my vote of most underrated subplot. Unlikely as it seems, the pair makes such a weird romance possible. It's abit like thinking that a pig and a horse could be in a relationship with each other perhaps? Oh and the she-elf looked gorgeous too! She is Evangeline Lilly, who also acted in Real Steel, The Hurt Locker, and most famously, as Kate in Lost (no wonder she looked so familiar!).
All's well and I can't wait for the 3rd instalment, The Hobbit: There And Back Again. Even the wifey stayed awake the whole movie!