The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Well made, but heavily padded, & ultimately kinda dull. Not much of a plot; just a collection of episodes. Left me wondering where they’d stop; it’s been awhile since I saw this. Still, they worked in the joke about Bilbo’s ancestor inventing golf, so that was cool.
The Princess’ Diaries - A shy 15-year-old finds out her late father was prince of a small European country, & the country will be dissolved if she doesn’t take his place. Funny family stuff from the guy who created Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley.
Last two movies I watched was The Muppets (2011) and its sequel Muppets: Most Wanted.
Both were enjoyable films with lots of great musical performances, references to their past projects, and overall enjoyable story. I did enjoy figuring out who the celebrity guests were because if you blink you miss them.
The Host - a South Korean monster movie from 2006. A mutant fish monster appears in the Han river, eats people and abducts a little girl, and the girl's family try to rescue her while avoiding getting captured by the government and military who are covering up the situation. This is another movie I've heard a lot of praise for, it was the highest grossing movie of all time in South Korea for a while, and the director went on to direct the Oscar-winning Parasite, so I thought I should give The Host a watch. I didn't think much of it to be honest, the main characters were all decent enough, their quirks, personalities and motivations were all well-defined, but the plot moves very slowly in places, the CG on the monster hasn't aged well, and the sub-plot of the government forcing quarantine on the public due to a virus scare hit a little bit too close to home for me (but the plot twist that the government and military were lying about the existence of a deadly virus did make me chuckle). Not a bad movie at all, but probably not something I'll watch again in a hurry. I'd give it a 5 out of 10.