Date Posted: 2014-01-02
Tolkien Fan Level: 9
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
First off, if you have the chance to, see the film in 3D at the 48fps, it's fantastic, though don't if you get headaches easily (mine triggered each time I watched an Unexpected Journey, though not for DoS)
Martin Freeman continues his fantastic portrayal of Bilbo and you see him relate more to the Bilbo we know from the books in this film better than the last. (ex. the scene with Smaug, wow!) Smaug had me on the edge of my seat! The animation, the voice, the interpretation was perfect in my opinion! Wide shots of New Zealand's landscape is still apparent in this film as it's predecessors, but it's the grand shots of the Elven Kingdom and the Lonely Mountain that I was most impressed with this time around. There's something new to see every time I watch it. Beorn's scenes did feel a little rushed, but understanding that there's only so much you can put in a film, I'm just glad that he wasn't snipped out like Tom Bombadil (which is who I was thinking of during those scenes ironically) I loved the changes in the screenplay, I wasn't completely happy with the first film, noticing things to nitpick over after watching it. I didn't feel that with this one. Even the extremely obvious changes (like a love triangle) felt right within this interpretation. All in all, it flowed well, there's plenty to keep you from noticing how long it goes, and DON'T go to the bathroom during the Legolas/Bolg fight! I missed it the first time! One thing, the score didn't stick out to me, I honestly couldn't remember any of the music after the first viewing and barely noticed it during the second, though it's not necessarily a bad thing, as it didn't pull me out of my reverie.
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