Date Posted: 2013-12-23
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D
Will view again in a different format? No
I liked this film; however there is one fundamental flaw which cannot be forgiven. Unlike any other of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth films, this one felt like one big chase scene. The film was way too fast. There was hardly any time for the characters to develop and too much of Smaug. Despite the fact that I love the additions of Tauriel and the expansion of Lake Town (I was continually saying to myself "I wish Peter Jackson would show me more of this or that and not another fight or flight scene), the pace of the film took away the realism of the movie and because of that it left me feeling really disappointed at the end.
Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans were all amazing. I just wish they had spent more time with these characters so we could believe in them; especially Martin Freeman. Freeman plays Bilbo with an extraordinary charm and magnificence. He truly is perfect for the role. But the pace of the film does not allow us to truly experience with Bilbo his transformation of character as in the book. Lee Pace I believe was the only one who did justice to his short time on screen. He was the only one whom, I felt, left me satisfied with his on screen performances. Everyone else (except Smaug, because there was too much of him) left me wanting to see more. I particularly liked his talk with Thorin. It was awesome. There are too many examples to go over which demonstrate the inexcusable pace of the film. The last one I will use is when the dwarves are captured by the elves they, in the book, spend at least weeks in prison, but in the movie it appears they are only in prison for a matter of hours. Why couldn't we see Bilbo discovering the barrels and wandering about the elf realm more? This is a great part in the book where Bilbo develops his courage. I just wish Peter Jackson had allowed more time to pass in the halls of the Elven King instead of the great haste the dwarves had to get to the mountain. My last comment is a brief one. Why were there no songs in this movie? There are at least three that are sung (I was really looking forward to Bilbo's spider taunting song). Having the songs, I think, really give the movies that lighter feel that the voice of "The Hobbit" has. Alas, another casualty of the race to the mountain. To conclude, I will repeat; I liked this film. He acting was tremendous. The cinematography was superb. I loved the additions (excluding the fight with Smaug). Unfortunately though this film is without a doubt the weakest of Peter Jackson's five Tolkien films. I can hardly wait though for next December.
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