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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2013-12-30
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

The movie has some great strenghts and some great weaknesses.

Strenghts in my eyes:

… perfection is being established as the new normal in these movies in many ways:

– Costumes – very well done!!
– Sceneries – beautiful! They look really well. Lights, colors also add to the experience.
– Special effects and computer animation – simply perfect! Esp. the dragon is greatly animated!

– Coreography in fighting scenes – amazing! There were so many creative ideas!
– Acting – the actors did an outstanding job! In particular I liked the acting of Thranduil, Tauriel, and the dragon (can you say acting there? ;-)). There was no actor at all that I thought did a bad job.
– Many different scenes and plot elements, adding to making the film interesting and, so to speak, colourful.


Weaknesses imo:

… too much for drama's and suspense's sake, making a lot of things lack credibility.

– Character dialogue – it quite a few times didn't make sense to me that the charactes would feel these ways and say these things. ^^ It seemed just to be said this way to make everything sound grave and epic and dramatic.
– People nearly dying by falling down someplace – but then not dying. Things nearly getting lost for drama's sake. I guessed while watching that the key had to nearly fall down the mountain in a moment. And Gandalf off that staircase.
– Handrails are overrated. Too many vertiginious abysses. What for? Can they make safe ways to walk on? Well… therefore, if I were Aragorn in LotR, I'd totally ban bananas. :D
– Too long and unrealistic action sequences – acknowledging, though: they were astonishingly creative and technically superb.

(I can't say anything about deviations from the book because I haven't read it recently.)


Conclusion: I think Mr Peter Jackson and his team did a great job, putting an extreme amount of energy and love for this their work into this movie. SO much effort and SO much commitment! I hope they can fix this drama before reason thing in the next movie. There are so many positive sides to the movies!! It would be a pity to, because of some weak sides, not have these positive strenghts be admired as they should! :-)

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