24, Quezon City
Date Posted: 2013-12-23
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
There were so many things I liked in this movie that it will take me forever to make a review and I'll possibly end up giving too many spoilers! I will do my very best to make a justifiable review, though pardon for the not-so-flowery words.
The overall story itself was more fast-paced than the first movie, which I suppose was to be expected because after establishing the characters this is their chance to shine and show who they are. The scenes blended beautifully together and Peter Jackson once again takes us on a roller coaster ride (or rather, a barrel ride) across the lands that are familiar and new at the same time. The actors, particularly Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Richard Armitage as Thorin blew me away with their individual performances. Freeman with the Ring, Armitage in Erebor and with the Arkenstone, no words can truly describe what I felt as I sat there watching them. Lee Pace was threateningly elegant and I got goosebumps as he spoke with Thorin. Evangeline Lilly was a breath of fresh air, adding a much-needed estrogen boost to a testosterone-dominated movie. She was such a badass that I have no doubt a lot of young women would idolize her long after the movies are done. We welcome again Orlando Bloom as Legolas who is just as awesome as ever. The company of the Dwarves are as delightful as ever, adding comic relief and heart to the whole movie. Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the Necromancer and Smaug gave such chilling performances that I was quivering in my seat whenever he'd speak. His teasing Bilbo was the highlight of the movie for me, and I'm so glad that they played it out well. I have to admit that I have watched the movie thirteen times (it started showing in the Philippines December 11) because I loved it so much. I've memorized the lines to my favorite scenes and I am this close to memorizing all the dialogues. I'd gladly watch it again after the holidays and I am highly anticipating the final movie!
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