Date Posted: 2013-12-24
Tolkien Fan Level: 4
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
The point of my review is to express my genuine astonishment about the Desolation of Smaug. It's a pity that many viewers found the 48 fps format challenging. I liked it a lot and I found it an amazing cinematic experience. In my opinion, the reservations about HFR are of the too human characteristic of conservatism, nothing more!
Aside from technicalities, the film is excellent. The pace is relevant to each situation that our dwarfs and hobbit found themselves into. The action is magnificent. Legolas without doing much talking is superb. You feel in his eyes the gravity of his character. Better acting from Bloom here than in the old trilogy. Lilly's character, Tauriel, fits in the plot unbiased. Gandalf is as good as ever, although with few screen time. My favorite dwarf, Balin, has also little screen time, but he shines as in the previous film. The finale is simply superb and the dragon is a wonder to behold! I liked the dragon's speech and the way he presented himself as the king under the mountain. I tried to find negative aspects of the film in order to report them in this small review, but unfortunately, when I like a film, I try to belittle its disadvantages. However, the biggest disadvantage of the film was the scarce interaction between the characters. It feels as if everything is happening by the numbers. Therefore, when the film ends abruptly with the biggest cliffhanger in cinematic history, I felt as if I watched a movie of about 30 minutes duration! In the final analysis, Peter Jackson and his collaborators gave us a superb film that could be more satisfying by providing us more backstory and dialogues.
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