‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ – essentially a prequel to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ — is an unexpected clunker, a monumental bore.
The interconnectedness of souls is the highfalutin’ theme of Cloud Atlas. Now if only the film could actually connect with us.
There’s nothing like crisp movie making execution — a spirited mix of action, sci-fi fantasy, humor, nostalgia, and romance — to blast through one’s enough-already reservations and been-there-done-that fatigue.
The first sequel took things from bad to worse. The second brings them back to merely bad.