At A Theater Near You, December 13

Published on Thursday, 12 December 2013 23:33 - Written by By Stewart Smith ssmith@tylerpaper.com

Here’s a look at what’s hitting the silver screen in Tyler this weekend.

 

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

What’s it about? It’s the second part of director Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” first foray into Middle Earth, “The Hobbit.” This outing sees Bilbo Baggins encounter the fierce and deadly dragon Smaug, as his dwarf companions continue their quest to reclaim their mountain home.

Will it be good? I hope so. I was underwhelmed by the first “Hobbit” film. It had its moments, but it felt stretched too thin and yet still somehow containing too much. Such is the effect of adapting a 300 page book into three three hour movies. Still, now that all the character introductions are out of the way and the larger picture established, here’s hoping this one fares a bit better. If nothing else, I’m at least happy to see more of Ian McKellan as Gandalf and am intrigued to see what Benedict Cumberbatch delivers as Smaug.

Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.

 

“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas”

What’s it about? It’s Madea (Tyler Perry) versus a bunch of backwoods hicks as she dispenses her unique brand of “wisdom” when she joins a friend visit her daughter at Christmas.

Will it be good? I’m not sure I can answer this question. Perry’s Madea character has only ever irritated and annoyed me and his films are schizophrenic and odd at best. But there are also people who love his work. Perry works hard to deliver for his very dedicated and loyal fanbase, so if you like his work in drag as Madea, it stands to reason you will probably enjoy this. Then again, it also stars Larry the Cable Guy. I don’t care who you are, no movie he’s ever been in has ever been worthwhile. It’s safe to say I’ll be sitting this one out.

Rated PG-13 for sexual references, crude humor and language.