Widely considered to be one of the worst Bond films ever, that was exactly the point to prove here - and, while film certainly has it's flaws (messy, incoherent plot being the main), it's not as bad as you think.
Yet, with suprisingly fresh and gritty action scenes (no doubt work of legendary stuntman and stunt coordinator, Simon Crane) and Craig in lean-and-mean Bond mode, this is noting more than feature-length insert between superb "Casino Royale" and excellent "Skyfall".
All hopes to "Spectre", though!
While there is nothing in this film that isn't motivated by pure greed (Thorin's, studio's, Peter Jackson's), I was surprised at how much more I cared about intimate and not so intimate character moments than the battles of CGI ants.
As always, will probably improve upon second viewing.
Continuing the estabilished trend, Bennet Miller's "Foxcatcher" is one of the most subtle, nuanced mainstream dramas of recent years and delivers powerhouse performances of all three male leads, especially from almost-unrecognizeable Carrell.
Follow this one, as the nominations are sure to follow.
Tough, gritty and quietly powerful, this film not only delivers great Guy Pearce and surprising Robert Pattinson performances, but also answers one of the most important questions out there - is Australia really the best place to be after the apocalypse? Definetely not!
With influences ranging from "Max Max" (the 1st one) to "High Plains Drifter", this is "The Road: Down Under". Highly recommended!