This week, Vin Diesel managed to get the Internet buzzing when he posted this image on his Facebook page of himself with an Inhumans t-shirt on.
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Am I inhuman? No. My personal trainer can attest to that.
Many, myself included, began to speculate if Mr. Groot might be playing the role of silent superhero, Black Bolt, in the Marvel Studios movie, “Inhumans,” due out in 2018. 
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King Black Bolt.
If he is cast in the part, I approve. One, Vin Diesel has the look and demeanor to play the character. For anyone that questions this, I recommend you take a look at those "Riddick" movies; where Diesel plays a dangerous, silent brute. Two, Black Bolt in the comics has always been portrayed as a man in his 40s, which is right around Diesel’s actual age. Three, because Black Bolt can destroy cities with just a whisper, Vin Diesel will never talk; which is the main complaint many lodge against his acting.

I know what you’re thinking, ‘But… The same actor can’t play two Marvel movie heroes!’ This is where I remind you about this guy, Chris Evans. You know, Human Torch and Captain America. It seemed to work out pretty well in that instance.
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He's hot either way. IMO.
Now, if you are completely lost and this is the first time you are hearing about “Inhumans” and Black Bolt. Here’s a little recap:

The “Inhumans” refers to a race of people that live on a small isolated island with a variety of super human abilities. The Inhumans were created by the Kree from an early evolution of Homo Sapiens on Earth. They were made to be a super soldiers against the Kree enemy, the Skrull.  Soon, the Inhumans created their own society and lived in seclusion from the rest of the earth’s population.

The Inhumans have been around the comic Marvel Universe for quite a long time, and much like Namor and his Atlanteans, they really only interact with the likes of the X-Men, Fantastic Four, or Avengers, when their land are threatened.  The Inhumans are also a fairly regal people and are led by their King Black Bolt and his Royal Family.
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Black Bolt and his chatty family. Rub it in, guys.
If you’d like to know more about the “Inhumans” I would recommend picking up the Marvel Knight’s “Inhumans” TPB from 1998. It collects the 12-issue run by writer Paul Jenkins (Hellblazer, Peter Parker: Spiderman, Incredible Hulk) and artist Jae Lee (X-Men, The Dark Tower, Avengers). It’s a good place to start with the Inhumans in the modern era and will probably be the basis for what Marvel is planning to do with the forthcoming movie. It has a great story with rich characters and beautiful panels that suck you into the Inhumans’s homeland of Attilan.
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The Inhumans homeland, Attilan. I think Skrillex is playing there next week.
Here is the synopsis for the 12-issue TPB:
The Inhumans have always lived in peaceful seclusion on their island kingdom of Attilan, preferring not to mix with the outside world. But now their fragile kingdom is under attack from without and within!
You can find out more about the book on Amazon. Use either link.
The “Inhumans” have been involved in some of the biggest Marvel events over the years including events revolving around the Infinity Gauntlet, so they are worth getting some background on.  Also, if you are keeping up with “Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.” on ABC, you may see some Inhumans in the not too distant future.
 
 
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The turd -- I mean, THIRD part of The Hobbit trilogy has finally been released.  Hooray! (<----Sarcastic). I have avoided the series thus far, as I heard how they completely messed with the mythology of the book. 

So this week, when AMC theaters offered a "The Hobbit" marathon, I figured I'd indulge, and get them all done at the same time. I prefer to rip off the Band-Aid quickly, rather then a slow peel.

I'll skip over the first two parts as they have been out for one/two years, respectively. As I credits rolled for the last one, I seriously thought Peter Jackson must have lost his gosh darn mind.

This movie is a non-stop action piece that is on par with a Michael Bay production.  The only time it slows down is when anyone is moping. There is no real story arc to this one as it has the dubious duty to wrap up all the subplots. Which unsatisfyingly all end up in a battle, fight, or death. When all the blood has split and smoke has cleared, there are a few scant scenes of love and friendship and redemption. But it is treated like an inconvenience. This disappointed me, as the friendship theme is the entire point of the book, IMO.
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60 year younger Legolas is super buff. I guess he had a hard time finding protein in the wild.
Also, Legolas is not a Super Mario brother. He's not even in the book! Seriously. He's like a Jedi in an Iron Man suit in this movie.  I like Legolas as much as the next fangirl, but come on.

The problem with these films is that they do not stand alone like "The Lord of the Rings" films.  Each of those films has a set of stakes, goals and strong structure.  "The Hobbit" films just feel like one long movie, arbitrarily broken into three parts. "The Hobbit," kind of works, when you sit down and ingest nine-hours of it at once. But who has time to do that? I like that I can watch a single LOTR film after Thanksgiving dinner and feel satisfied. This 'random cutting point to make multiple parts' is a growing trend with movies as we've seen in the "Twilight," "Harry Potter," and "Hunger Games" movies, and now it seems, "The Hobbit" has followed suit. 

Technically, the films are nice. I saw it at an IMAX theater in the HFR. The (HFR) helps to brighten the image on screen so more detail can be seen. The special effects are well done and the sound mix was nice.  Peter Jackson is good at making you feel you are in the world. I just wish had spent more time on the script.

In conclusion, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," is like eating a big bowl of candy. It's good for a while, but later, leaves you feeling sick and full of regret. The film is pretty to look at, and makes you feel like you are in Middle-Earth, but when the lights come up, your asking yourself, 'what was the point?'

In a few years I may see this series as a guilty pleasure that I watch in bed while battling a winter cold, but for now I'll prefer to take in my holiday season with a far more superior "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Although, "The Hobbit" series did not live up to my expectations, I find myself a bit blue as I write this as "The Battle of the Five Armies" marks the end of Middle Earth though Peter Jackson's vision. I admire him greatly for delivering us fans a mostly true interpretation of Mr. Tolkien's world and the love and care Peter Jackson has for the world it visible in every frame from "Fellowship" to "Battle." Kudos Mr. Jackson, now go make one of those Star Wars movies for us.


The Phoebe Quality Rating:
[  ] The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
[x] Snow White and the Huntsman
[  ] Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
[  ] Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
[  ] The Princess Bride

If you need to brush up on your Tolkien, refresh yourself with this fun video.

 
 
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A young George Lucas on the set of 'A New Hope' eyeing up how to simultaneously create and ruin your childhood.
Congratulations, Fanboys and Fangirls, you all got what you've all wanted since 1983. George Lucas is completely removed from the Star Wars saga.  I know what you'll all say, "But he's a creative consultant on The Force Awakens.  I know; I've seen the IMDB listing as well. But fear not, as this recent Page Six article proves, he has nothing to do with the newest episode entry, stating:

         “I plan to see it when it’s released."

In fact, he didn't even watch the trailer, which is almost impossible to do, if you spend any time online, as it seems every fraking website has a 'clickbait' article about the trailer.  On the subject of the trailer he admits:

        “I don’t know anything about it. I haven’t seen it yet.”

So there you go, he's completely hands-off.  You'll have a 100% Lucas-free experience when you watch Episode VII.

I for one, think this is sad.  Say what you will about the prequel trilogy (and a lot has been said), but at the end of it, Lucas made what he wanted to make with his own money.  As a creator myself, I respect that.  While I didn't enjoy all of the prequels, the parts I did like, I know were the thrills that only Lucas could provide.   

Also, I think a lot of people seem to forget that back in the '70s, he single-handedly invented. "Star Wars" from nothing.  As today, he is treated like an old man that destroyed whiney  "Generation Xers'" childhoods (go listen to Nirvana and cry about it!).  They also forget that he was very hands-on in the beloved "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."  Without him there, there's no way those films would be so beloved, IMO (admit it, you all loved Ewoks as kids).  

Maybe that's why he sold Star Wars to Disney.  Perhaps he just had enough of the bashing and naysayers.  I could see him finally throwing his hands up and saying, "Fine, you have it." and now you do.

In a world of 'Hate Watching' maybe giving it up was the smartest thing he's ever done. But for me, when I walk into that theater next Christmastime, there will be a little less magic when the words "STAR WARS" fly into the screen, because I'll know that Mr. Lucas is there in name only.

Agree? Disagree?