Gosh, Stallone is so young in this! It is very distracting.
Anyway, a classic worthy of the name. I was enthralled throughout, despite the awful awful friend, who is the epitome of the male chauvinist pig. We all came here for the fight scenes of course, and they are suitably gripping (and gory, the bit with the eyelid, ughhhhhh), but I also really liked the interaction between Rocky and Adrian, even if I did roll my eyes at one point.
Special mention to the montage : )
Ooh, I have mixed feelings about you, Hobbit 3. Overall positive because fortunately this film is more than the sum of its parts.
For those who want to hear me meandering a bit, have some ramblings:
Those lovely little one-liners, especially when anyone waxed exceeding sarcastic
How damn stylish the elves were AT ALL TIMES
The way deaths that were offscreen in the book worked when shown very much onscreen.
Thorin's "dragon sickness"...nooooooooo
Thranduil Swag (TM)…
"I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?"
I wanted to be so much more impressed by and engaged with this film than I was. Honestly, rather than gasping at the supposed twists, I was gasping at the sudden and unexpected appearance of Jaime Lannister. That and the blatant Matrix plagiarising. Though the HAL-esque drones were good.
Also, the ending...WHUT.