Date Posted: 2013-12-21
Tolkien Fan Level: 4
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
While AUJ was a bit slow in some parts, DOS was way too fast throughout the movie. I understood every little detail, yet the pace made me feel uncomfortable and it was difficult for me to become emerged in Middle-earth. The beginning was the worst in terms of pacing...so much happened in just the first 20 minutes.
My other complaint is about how the ending was prolonged. The entire part where they attempted to melt the gold as a "weapon" felt unnecessary (that should be vague enough of a description). Also, the fact that the dwarves tricked and played with Smaug made them seem like they weren't scared of him anymore. Because they weren't scared, I wasn't scared either. I WANTED to be scared of Smaug to the very end. Bilbo's first encounter certainly displayed Smaug's beauty, might, and terrifying nature...but I lost that as soon as everyone got over the scary factor. By the end, Smaug didn't have much affect on me and just seemed like a character with too much screen time. Unfortunately, I didn't get that "OH MY GOSH" feeling when the movie ended. While these complaints are major ones in my own mind, I still enjoyed the movie very much. I have no complaints about any of the non-Tolkien additions and loved each and every one of the characters (especially Tauriel and Bard). The barrel/fight scene was probably my favorite (and gave me quite a few laughs). I'd like to note Gandalf's encounter with the Necromancer (This is no spoiler. Everyone knows he checks out Dol Guldur). It was really cool to see more of Gandalf's magic...and I loved the way Peter Jackson displayed Sauron. The scene was almost psychedelic in a sense - unlike anything Jackson has done in AUJ or LOTR. It was certainly something new to see. Overall, I enjoyed this movie more than the first (which I also personally liked). So much more happens (though sometimes too much) and the movie finally becomes its own movie by staying away from LOTR themes and locations. The Desolation of Smaug is a MUST SEE. I'll probably see it many more times to get a better feel of it! Congratulations to Peter Jackson and the cast/crew on finishing a fantastic sequel! I'm sure the wide variety of reviews will have an impact on the direction of the 3rd film. I'm expecting GREAT things from TABA and certainly hope the pacing will balance out.
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