Book vs. Movie: The Lovely Bones

Hey guys!
After watching Peter Jackson’s adaptation quite some time ago I finally found the time to check out the book. So far I had heard nothing but praise for Alice Sebold’s novel, so I was excited to find out whether it really is that good…


The Plot:
14-year old Susie Salmon has a wonderful life until one day the unspeakable happens. Susie is murdered. Alice Sebold tells the story from Susie’s point of view. She watches from heaven as her family struggles to carry on with their lives and also while her killer sets out again… Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers

I finished reading the second installment of The Lord of the Rings. Finding the time to watch the movie was a bit difficult, but I’m done, so here we go =)


The Plot:
The Fellowships splits up and the story follows three plotlines: Frodo and Sam who head for Mordor, Merry and Pippin who are captured by Orcs and Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas who try to rescue them.


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Movie Mania: Braindead aka Dead Alive

As I was writing about The Lord of the Rings recently I decided to re-watch one of my favourite Peter Jackson movies ever: Braindead a.k.a. Dead Alive. Ever heard of this zombie comedy gore?



The Plot:

The whole trouble begins when a Sumatran rat-monkey is taken to a zoo in New Zealand.
Lionel takes Paquita on a dead there only to be stalked by his mother. While observing the two young lovers she is bitten by the rat-monkey. We soon  learn that the monkey would have better stayed where it came from. The bite leads to a zombification and soon before long Lionel is drowning in zombies…


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Book vs Movie: Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring

Yesterday I finally finished reading J. R. R. Tolkien’s first installment of The Lord of the Rings. Once I was done I immediately went on to re-watch Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of a book considered impossible to be turned into a movie. Here’s what I thought:


The Plot:

Dark forces are rising again in Middle Earth. Everybody is in danger as Sauron is searching for his one ring that allows him to rule over all the free peoples.
The fate of them all know depends on a little Hobbit who was entrusted to destroy the ring. Along with eight companies he sets out for Mount Doom.




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Movie Mania: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies

Finally there was time to watch the last part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit-Trilogy. After “An Unexpected Journey” and “Desolation of Smaug” the final chapter concludes Bilbo’s adventure and builds a bridge to “The Lord of the Rings”.



The Plot:

Thorin Oakenshild sits in his mountain and is consumed by his greed. In the meantime the people of Laketown fight the dragon and eventually come seeking shelter at Erebor. Before long they are joined by an army of elves arrives to claim some heirloom of theirs that’s inside the Erebor. When Thorin refuses to negotiate and the Orcs attack, the battle begins…



The Rating:

I went to the cinema with mixed feelings. The other two parts before this one (especially “Desolation of Smaug”) had their weaknesses so I didn’t expect too much from this one. However, Peter Jackson still managed to disappoint me.
Within the first five minutes you knew that the whole movie was just made for money. The trilogy is actually based on a children’s book with no more than 350 pages and that shows. You can clearly see that their was not enough plot for three movies, so many scenes were stretched to an absolutely unnecessary length. I’m pretty sure the entire third movie could have been cut down to half an hour without leaving out anything important.
On top of that the logical mistakes are mounting up. I am aware that we are talking about a fantasy film so unrealistic stuff like dragons etc. is ordinary here. But Legolas jumping up rocks like gravity does not exist or three rams suddenly waiting in the middle of the battlefield for the dwarves to transport them is more than little flaws. I’ve noticed this kind of mistakes in the other parts aswell but in “The Battle of five Armies” they were gravest.
In addition to that the story seems very far-fetched. Peter Jackson, do you really want to make me believe that the elves would start a whole war for a damn piece of jewellery? I highly doubt that. What made the Orcs so super angry to lead a war throughout the three movies also isn’t really clear to me. As I am talking of battles: the title of the movie itself is a joke. For a huge part of the film three armies (if that is even what you can call it, more like 2 1/2 armies) are fighting, when an orc army chimes in. That makes four. In the last 20 minutes another troop of orcs arrives, being the fifth army.
While the computer effects were well done (it seemed like 90% of the film came out of the computer) the battle was just unnecessary long. You could clearly see that there was almost no story but it had to be stretched to another movie, because that’s how you make money.
Leaving the battlefield I have to mention one more superfluous plot-part: the love story between Kili and Tauriel. It leads nowhere, this plotline didn’t really have any depth. It felt like it was just there because no Hollywood movie can exist without some romance. It didn’t contribute anything to the whole picture it was just another example of buying time to fill three movies with a story that could have been told in one film. Continue reading

Movie Mania: The Lovely Bones

This supernatural crime drama set in the 1970’s was brought to the big screen by Peter Jackson in 2009. Based on the award-winning novel by Alice Sebold which was published 7 years before this movie had to face high expectations.


The Plot:

Susie Salmon is your average teenage girl. She deals with her first love, annoying siblings, parents who don’t understand her. But soon something very unusual is about to happen to Susie. She is murdered. While her family has a hard time coping with her death  her dad continues to try to find her murderer. In the mean time Susie is captured in some kind of intermediate world. There she meets other girls who were murdered by the same man who killed her. One of the girls urges her to let go of her family and the world she had to leave. It’s the only way for her to move on the heaven. After some time Susie realises that her hatred inflicts the lives of the ones she left behind. She makes her peace and moves on. Her father and sister finally find out who killed Susie and get to make their peace as well.


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