Date Posted: 2014-01-01
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
I can't figure out whether I'm slightly dissapointed, or neutral on the DOS. There was very little character development (save for Bard and Tauriel), and little meaningful dialogue (again, outside those two plus Thranduil). In the first half especially, there was more music and plot-marking dialogue than character development. the second half was mostly well done.
If it weren't for the fact that Bilbo's actions at the beginning of the Fellowship were supposed to be a surprise even to Bilbo, I would have really liked PJ's take of Bilbo's relationship with the ring. As it is, I still rather liked it. Bilbo's central role and heroism dwindles a tiny bit, or maybe I was disappointed that the Dwarves never seemed grateful for anything Bilbo did. the Bilbo-Smaug meeting was very good, though. I was a little disappointed with the Beorn scene, but I thought the Gandalf-Sauron encounter was well done Perhaps the worst bits to me were: 1. The movie strayed just a little bit too far from the book. I don't like exact book copy movies either, and PJ did a very good job with LOTR and AUJ, but this was borderline. 2. No development of the friendship between Bilbo and Thorin. It came so close; I would have loved it if Thorin was the only dwarf who came back when Bilbo found the keyhole, and the others came back later (just to show that Thorin alone had that little bit more faith in Bilbo than the others), but just missed. I liked the emotion when Thorin and Balin enter the mountain. The film also looked great, the CG was (mostly) very good, and I liked Bard and Laketown. So for me, the DOS teetered, but didn't fall. And if PJ nails movie #3, then this will be a great trilogy. Maybe not a masterpiece like LOTR, but very good nonetheless.
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