A great improvement on 'An Unexpected Journey' largely through having better parts of the story to work with and far less padding, 'Desolation of Smaug' may close on an almighty (and kinda frustratingly-positioned) cliffhanger, but this is doubtless going to be a trilogy that works far better when we have the ability to watch each instalment concurrently, rather than waiting 12 months each time.
In a lot of ways, this is 'Middle Trilogy' storytelling throughout, with the entire Laketown segment…
'Anchorman' was one of a kind - an improv-heavy, irreverent comic masterpiece that managed to do what so few of the other SNL-based big comedy hits of the last ten years of managed, by combining surreal humour with actual jokes and laughs, plus an iconic central character to build it all around.
'Anchorman 2' has been described by some as more of a character piece, and by largely sidelining Champ and Brian (given they were more joke delivery vehicles than…
Dear oh dear. I imagine if I'd gone to one of the teenage writers on my website and said 'write me a Wolverine movie and make it SUPER AWESOME!' then this would have been the result. A mess from start to finish - woeful dialogue, badly-plotted action sequences, the kinds of acting I might expect to find at a zombie convention after happy hour, and the most underused set of great X-universe characters since... well, this film.
See, they set…