Date Posted: 2013-12-23
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
As my brother and I drove home from a viewing of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug', we had mixed feelings. We both love The Lord of the Ring, and we both have read the books, especially 'The Hobbit' multiple times. We own the Atlas of Middle-earth and I have the map of Middle-earth in my dorm room. We are fans.
'Smaug' left us with a sour taste in our mouths. It wasn't the acting, which was wonderfully lead by Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Sir Ian McKellen. The music was superb, especially Laketown's theme, "Thrice Welcome". Visually, the spider scene, Gandalf vs. Sauron and Smaug stick out as amazing use of special effects. Now, the bad. Visually, the golden statue melting, parts of the barrel scene and the Orcs seemed inadequate. Story-wise, my brother and I were very disappointed. Tolkien would be rolling in his grave. The story of The Hobbit is about a boy, Bilbo, going to war and coming home changed, like Tolkien in WWI. It is about brotherhood, friendship and the evils of greed. Some of these themes are preserved in the Hobbit Trilogy, others, such as Bilbo and the 13 dwarves' character development are put on the back burner. While the other dwarves are forgotten the 'sexy' dwarves like Fili, Kili, and Thorin are highlighted. Now, honestly, in The Hobbit, these were the characters with the most development too, but in 9 hours of movie, I would expect the other characters to be fleshed out. But, alas, that is not the case. It is replaced with a romance between Kili and a Elf named Tauriel. I do not disapproving of Liv Tyler as Tauriel, but her leaving the Wood Elf Kingdom and going to Laketown, was too much. She could have made an appearance at the Battle of Five Armies and be there for- *SPOILER* -Kili and Fili's death. The end of the movie's battle scene in the Lonely Mountain, was a mess. After a great scene between dragon and Hobbit, the dwarves come rushing in with a Scooby Doo level plan, that in the end, meant nothing. Overall, the whole film felt like an adequate action movie with some standout performances, but a terrible adaption of a beloved book. The Worst Bolg/ Azog- Wasn't Azog's role expanded to be Bolg's? Why did Jackson add Bolg back into the story, when Azog was obviously made to be an amalgamation of the two. Tauriel and the healing of Kili. She's no Elrond, how could she heal of morgul wound, when Arwen could not do it herself? The Nine. How/Why are the Nazgul in a tomb? They are undead. Also, the Witch-King escaped. It seems like Jackson ignored the Appendixes, even though he repeatably talked about them. Beorn being shafted to a 3 minute cameo. The battle in Lonely Mountain.
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