When the air is warm and the sky is a magnificent blanket of stars, when the sound of the wind whistling through the pines makes you feel that everything in the world is as it should be and the moon hangs like a mystical jewel in the deep blue darkness, that type of natural wonder is most certainly unbeatable.
You don't need to talk to anyone on those nights; you can just sit and contemplate the complexities of the cosmos and escape to a quiet place inside of your mind. I have passed many hours like this and it is one of my most favourite things about Summer - the evenings. Anytime from dusk onwards, I just love it.
Everything seems so full of infinite possibility in that warm calm, it is like a soul recharger courtesy of nature and there is truly nothing else like it.
1. AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
2. THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
3.THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES
Release Date: 2012, 2013 and 2014
Running Time: 474 mins (total)
A glorious return to Middle Earth as the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is brought to spectacular life by Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro. The film takes place sixty years before The Lord of the Rings, and acts as the perfect prequel to the series, fleshing out characters in greater depth and setting the scene for darker times ahead.
A homebody Hobbit is coerced by the wizard Gandalf into becoming an unlikely thief for a group of 13 Dwarves that are trying to reclaim their home Erebor from a dragon. Adventure ensues as the group encounter Elves, Trolls, a Necromancer, Goblins, Orcs and Smaug the dragon as they try to reclaim their treasure and their land.
This is a much lighter tale than Lord of the Rings, but it still has the same level of detail and magic that we have come to expect from Middle-Earth and Peter Jackson. All of the cast from The Lord of the Rings have reprised their roles, giving this a fabulous level of consistency and merit, and Martin Freeman is the most darling Hobbit to grace the screen since Samwise Gamgee.
This is a wonderful realisation of a classic story and even though the second instalment is stretching the story to the limits of almost snapping; I just can't get enough of all of the beauty and wonder of Middle Earth so it didn't bother me in the least.
FINAL SAY: I'm going on an adventure!
4.5 Chili Peppers