Date Posted: 2013-12-24
Tolkien Fan Level: 1
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
â€¢ Comment on The Desolation of Smaug #1:
LOVE Bilbo's growing dilemma with the Ring! I think it really helps shape the many facets of the character, and Bilbo becomes more endearing. #2 LOVE seeing Sauron and his EYE/Sauron-ception! #3 There are quite a few action scenes that could be turned into a fun-ride in an amusement park. I can picture it right now: the barrels scene would be AWESOME to have in real life, as one of those wet roller-coasters! The barrel scene action is non-stop! The first time I saw the film I was holding my breath all the way through, because I didn't know when it would end! #4 LOVE the Elf/Orc/Dwarf fighting scenes! I think that the whole Legolas jealousy + Elf tradition of feeling superior to Dwarves + Dwarf distrust of very other creature = gives more strength to the later (in the chronology, not in the films) relationship between Legolas and Gimli. Great moment that one when we see Gimli's drawing - "my wee lad"! - hehe And the impossible "love" brewing between an Elf and a Dwarf: although it doesn't exist, it summarises really well the message of higher feelings beyond Greed, Selfishness, Power - which is clear in film 2: the Arkenstone and what it does to Dwarves, (even making Thorin point his sword at bilbo just as he's leaving Smaug!), the Master of Lake-town and the "elections", Thranduil and his obsession with closing his borders and defending only his own realm, So, a Hobbit can help out in a Dwarf quest, Elves can save Dwarves from Orcs and from certain death (and even appreciate their tales and their humour - and, let's face it, Kili is a funny Dwarf, and "taller than most"!), Men can help out Dwarves (as Bard does), and I'm guessing int he 3rd film we'll see the Dwarves (finally) helping out other creatures, and coming to the rescue in Dale. I LOVE the idea of cooperation regardless of "race", "creed", "origin" (aka, sex, skin colour, whatever)! So, who cares if the Dwarves are tiny and rough and have axes in their skulls? There can still be a connection with any of them, 'cause they have Feelings, too, and stories to tell, and they can laugh like everyone else. So I totally buy into the "chemistry" between races. #5 The 3D effects with the arrows are SPECTACULAR! Love the arrows coming at us, and the heads, and the bumblebee (I don't mean the Autobot Transformer)!
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