32, Saint Louis
Date Posted: 2013-12-24
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
I've waited to weigh in on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. After 2 trips to the cinema so far, I've seen the movie on a Mega Screen in 3D HFR and on a standard screen size in 2D 24fps. Here are my thoughts.
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. All the major beats of the story were covered and the expansions were fun for the most part. The deviations didn't bother me and I'm ultimately very interested to see how all of the threads come together. I liked some of the changes very much, particularly the dwarves taking a stand against Smaug. Azog and Bolg didn't really add a whole lot for me but I can see how the little kids will love having those bad guys as tangible characters. Tauriel has her moments and wasn't really that much of a distraction, except for the Kili healing scene in Laketown. It's not so much that they decided to create a connection between the characters. It's more that the way they shot that sequence had me laughing at how ridiculous it looked. When Tauriel lit up and Kili gave here that wide eyed look and the they cut to Kili's POV.... well I was laughing out loud because it started to closely resemble adult activity. Anyway... I was very pleased with Martin Freeman, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, and Richard Armitage and of course... Benedict Cumberbath in this movie. They all gave wonderful performances. The pacing worked for me on the whole but it is obvious in some points that content was cut out for time. The only character that felt terribly rushed was Beorn. I feel like they gave us just enough to setup part 3 but to me they botched that character's introduction a bit. I understand why they cut it down but arguably there are other scen es that could have been shortened to make room for more exposition on a beloved character. The only location the felt really short to me was Mirkwood. I really loved everything about it but hope there is more in the extended cut. Again, I understand the cut down for time. All in all, it left me with a good feeling, expanding Part 1, and leaving me excited for part 3, the finale. Well done PJ and Co.
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