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Troy Sean Bean

Yes, here we are again. After writing the first article, I began thinking about other great actors that I had left out of the list for one reason or another. After a while I realised that there was actually a few. It seems that we sometimes forget how fallible great actors are and are prepared to forget their bad roles.

So here’s another list, but with a condition this time around- no actors from the first list can end up in this list. I know that some on the first list have plenty more that could be set on a pedestal to demonstrate as a bad movie, but this is going to look further afield.

And with that in mind, and a spoiler warning, let us commence!

In no particular order…

7. Judi Dench As Aereon In The Chronicles Of Riddick


The Chronicles of Riddick is what often happens when you make a sequel from a relatively simple original movie. Pitch Black was a very clever horror movie concept and it worked extremely well. The trouble was that a sequel couldn’t be the same thing all over again, nor could it have the same intimate chemistry the first one enjoyed. So the sequel decided to introduce all sorts of new concepts, including a whole new plethora of races- many of which had names that were, frankly laughable (seriously Furyan? Or Necromongers? Are these truly the best that the writers could think up?) as well as new worlds and a frankly bizarre aesthetic.

For all this exposition to be thrown at the film, the writing would have had to be good for it to seem like a compelling movie. Alas, it is anything but as the movie seems to lurch forward with really slow talking sections between action scenes.

Judi Dench in the movie is not so much good or bad as just plain confusing. I genuinely think that though she puts in an ok performance she is a minus for the movie simply because she doesn’t feel like she belongs there. The Chronicles of Riddick was never going to be a A-grade action film and having someone like Dench in it somehow stops your belief from being suspended. Instead she just reminds you of what dross you are actually watching.

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New Line Cinema

New Line Cinema

When The Hobbit became a prequel trilogy everyone waited with bated breath for a Star Wars-esque let down. An Unexpected Journey kicked things off very similar to The Phantom Menace; a plodding start met with general dissatisfaction, but fan love. And, in true Menace fashion, slowly those fans turned against the film, to the point where everyone went into The Desolation Of The Smaug wondering just how bad it was going to be.

Now reactions (if not Smaug’s temper or the box office) are calming down, people’s thoughts are in. And the general consensus is rightly that while this suffers from some of the same issues as before, overall the film is an awful lot of fun; with a more consistent tone and pacing, this is a much more assured bringing of Tolkien’s small scale Hobbit into Jackson’s epic Middle Earth.

But the damage from the first part is done and many scorned fans were quick to condemn the film. Fair play to them for voicing their distaste, but so many of the criticisms seem off. Instead of worthy criticisms (it’s overly long, has too much filler and has questionable CGI) there’s picky looks at poor physics and the indestructible heroes, which never seemed to matter in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. To me it just looks like people are struggling to get off the hating bandwagon and are trying to grab onto what they can.

I’m not saying Desolation Of Smaug is perfect, far from it, but it’s certainly impressed some haters of the first film (like myself), which is a pretty impressive feat. And there’s more to enjoy than what’s there in a first, quickly paved viewing. Here are eleven things in The Desolation Of Smaug you probably missed.

Spoilers for The Desolation Of Smaug, as well as strong theorising on its sequel, There And Back Again, are present throughout.

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