Date Posted: 2013-12-21
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
A good overall movie, but I felt like it wasn't really The Hobbit anymore, more of a fanfiction. The Tauriel/Kili romance was completely unecessary, and there were so many things taken out:
-The dwarves entering two by two into Beorn's house -Didn't Bombur eat some of Beorn's honey? The who Beorn scene was cut short -The dwarves didn't tell Thranduil that they were starving! There were also some additions that I didn't understand: -Azog chasing the dwarves through the whole movie -Kili got shot in the leg with a Morgul arrow??? -Him and three other dwarves had to stay in Laketown. -The way that it was "Tauriel to the rescue" with the athelas was overdone -The way Thranduil talked to Tauriel about Legolas was rude and didn't portray Thranduil well But, of course, there were many good scenes! -Walking through Mirkwood was very mysterious and clever! -Bilbo peeking through the trees was amazing -The spiders were incredibly well done! -Anything that had to do with Smaug was amazing, and he looked great! -When Thorin doesn't let Bilbo go without the Arkenstone, that really captures Thorin's greed. -Hiding the dwarves in Laketown (and Dwalin coming out of that toilet) -There was a lot of well-placed humor -We start to see how the Ring affects Bilbo (even if it's not that true to the book) Overall, I thought it was a great movie but a bad book adaptation, and a huge improvement over AUJ with how the story went along. However, AUJ still had pretty much all of the book elements, and I thought the absence of so much of the book in DoS made it feel like it was no longer Tolkien's book.
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