Date Posted: 2013-12-27
Tolkien Fan Level: 10
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
First of all, I was sure I would hate this movie, despite loving all things Tolkien, after I saw the addition of that female elf and what they would do to Legolas, who is and always has been my favorite character, even before Orlando Bloom. And it's true, if Tauriel was real I could MURDER her, because she was pretty awful. And Legolas was so ridiculously different than he was in LOTR, that it actually didn't bother me too much. I've seen him before in a much more impressive way. So those and Mirkwood made me very sad, but other than that I liked it very much!
Bard's children might have bothered me if they had not been believable, and I think somewhere in the book it actually does mention that he was not alone in the world. So Bard and Bilbo and Thorin saved the day for me. I love how Thorin is much more trusting of Bilbo this time that he was in the first one. There was literally not a scene with Bard in which I was not smiling. And Bilbo is the amazing Hobbit he was the first time. But Tauriel. Oh, my gosh, she had the cheesiest lines and was the most unbelievable thing I have ever seen. When she said "are we not part of this world" I laughed out loud. A real Tolkien Elf would not have red hair at the time of the Hobbit, since the seven that did have red hair died out long before, would not have a romance with a Dwarf, and would not be the Captain of the Guard if she were a girl. If she hadn't come along to Laketown the Dwarves could have healed Kili by themselves, since Oin clearly knew the power of athelas and Bofur was bringing some. Considering that I am a hardcore fan, I think I have been extremely forgiving with all the tweaks in the movies, because I know that the movies can't be like the books. But the addition of Tauriel just went a bit too far. But I did not hate it like I thought I would and am very glad I saw it. I would recommend this movie to people, but I would say "read the book first."
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