Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
I don't go to the cinema often, so i don't have much to say about the 3D HFS. It looked fine to me, but regular cinema-goers maybe will not like it. I don't think it adds a lot, but i don't hate it either. As for the story: A lot is genuine Tolkien, as it should be, but there a a few things i don't like. First of all the antagonism that exists between Thorin and the Elves. This was not in the book, and it is probably just inserted to make the story more interesting, but i fear it will get worse in the second film when the Dwarves is captured by the Woodelves. Secondly, i don't like the addition of the character Azog the Defiler. He was added as a secondary antagonist, but why choose the name of a character that has died before the story plays?. Why didn't they choose a non-canon name like Lurtz in LOTR? What do i like? A lot, actually. I loved the scene with the Trolls. The sequence where a Troll grabs for a kerchief and grabs Bilbo with it, and wipes his nose with both got a lot of laughs in the cinema, and quite a lot of Ewwws too! The same goes for the Goblin King. This is certainly one of the grossest characters i have ever seen. The most impressive scenes were the Stone Giants Battle and the rescue by the Eagles. These also had the greatest music, although i think the music is first-rate all through the movie. When it was over, i immediately went into town to buy the CD (I went to a morning screening). All in all, i give this movie a 4 out of 5.
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