Date Posted: 2014-07-07
Tolkien Fan Level: 9
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
I went to the theatre full of eagerness to see another awesome Peter Jackson 'Lord of the Rings' movie, and I was horribly disappointed. It's obvious that Peter Jackson has aged in the years since LOTR was created, and I was astounded by all the changes that he's made to The Hobbit. It's true that Peter Jackson now has no boundaries. I will not go and see The Battle of the Five Armies in theatre, I'll wait till I can get it from my local library branch.
My greatest complaint is definitely Tauriel. What business does a female Elf have in Mirkwood, may I ask? I found her bearable as a character on her own, but...just not a character in The Hobbit. And her relationship/love triangle with another Elf and a Dwarf! At one point it even seemed like she was in love with THRANDUIL! It's senseless that an Elf even have kind feelings for a Dwarf. I purposely left my seat in the theatre when Tauriel is talking to Kili about his runestone, to go to the washroom. Thranduil bugs me. His horrid 'dragon' scar...that part really creeped me out, and my younger brother who was with me in the theatre was terrified. I mean, Tolkien made The Hobbit to be a children's book, not a book that children would be terrified to even set eyes upon. Peter Jackson's film is ages 13+! Like a child is going to be able to see that. And I do not think that Lee Pace was a good pick for Thranduil at all. Legolas...I was expecting another wonderful Legolas from LOTR. Orlando Bloom doesn't look the same. He's pretty much lost his wonderful ability to perfectly act the Elven character. He's a snooty high-up Elf prince who's so high above you that he doesn't even deign to look down at you. No way. No Legolas. That's not the Legolas that I fell in love with at his first appearance in LOTR. Beorn is great! Mikael Pernsbandt (not spelled right?) is a great actor! I love his sweet accent. For all the mistakes in this movie trilogy, I can forgive and forget if I can see Beorn on the spot. So all in all, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is good as a film on it's own - not a film trying to represent The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It's turned into The Hobbit, by Peter Jackson.
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