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"Catching Fire", "The Dark World", or "Desolation of Smaug"

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Its the end of 2013 and the best of the movies have been released for the Holiday season. Which ones will you watch?

After surviving 2012 with all the end of the world themes due to the Mayan calendar, this year has some surprising movies to lift the spirits or to at least put our minds at rest.

The first to show itself was Thor, The Dark World, a sequel to the original Marvel release of his character in several other movies. He is a "hero" of the Norse mythogies many have enjoyed while growing up, the son of Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins, living in Asgaard.

Similiar to Zeus in his fierceness towards those who are not his kin, but having adopted a boy found after a battle and raised as a "brother" to his own son. Loki is the "trickster" of the story and the antihero.

They are both played brillantly by the actors along with the beautiful Natalie Portman reprising her role as his girlfriend, a PHD scientist of the extraterrestial type of existence.

A heroine type who search for life outside of Earth allows her to get the chance most humans never get a visit to the other world of the Norse mythologies. As the title indicates this movie comes from a different world with a threat to our own with surpising twists throughout.

The second show Hunger games, Catching Fire, is also a sequel to the earlier one. The main characters are reprised by the same actors who have still not decided if they are in love or not.

But "Kat" is the female heroine who is still fighting for not only her life, her families lives, her communities lives, but also the fate of their universe under the direction of President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland.

Woody Harleson's character comes to the rescue again as President Snow decides to pull a stunt with the third qouta requiring all former winners of the games to compete again in an effort to destroy the young girl who has captured the hearts of the world, while being torn between two men.

And finally, the third movie is The Hobbit, the Desolation of Smaug, has finally been released for all Tolien fans to enjoy the season. Bilbo Baggins, play by Martin Freeman, the designated "thief" has most of the movie to himself, that is when he is not in direct confrontation with the main antagonist, Smaug the dragon, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The basis for the storyline of the Dwarfs and the King under the hill being booted out of his kingdom by a fire breathing dragon who then decides to slumber with his hoard of gold, a definite fairy tale type of theme. This is why the grandson Thurin is now returning to the mountain in order to reclaim his rights as "king" as well as perhaps save the world.

The Elves were the former enemies of the grandson of the fallen king, offer a pact which is refused by a still sore grandson. Thier adventures are by themselves due to Gandalf the Grey being sidetracked into discovering the world is about to turn very ugly with Sauron about to come forward as experienced by all through the "Lord of the Rings" triology.

As the story unfolds with plenty of excitement for all, including Legolas from the Lord series who is a love sick defender of his kingdom under his father's strict adherance. Tauril is the new female interest, a fierce redhead with pointed ears and a touch of healing for her own hearts desire, and the ability to kill very large spiders and Orgs.

Aragon does not appear in this prequel due to his character not being needed and of course humans have much smaller lifespans than Wizards, Dwarfs, Elves, and even small Hobbits.

For those who love Tolkien will enjoy this movie which attempts to keep true to the story of the Middle earth theme of a beautiful world of many different types of peoples while a threat lingers over them due to the one who can destroy through hate.

Which movie will you enjoy this season? They all have fire in them as a destroyer, they each have a female heroine to consider as part of the modern world, and worlds which need both saving and grieving over the past wrongs. As the end of the year approaches, it is wise to consider where ones loyalities reside, and perhaps thier favorite fictional world to reside when the outside world becomes to much.


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