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Old 12-16-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Don't know if anyone here posted about it yet, but I saw this film and wanted to know what everyone else thought about it. I thought it was a big improvement over the last film, especially in the story department, but the action sequences were more thrilling as well.

There have been some criticisms over the story being stretched to fit three films, but I honestly didn't see too much fluff here, except in the third act where Bilbo was chatting with Smaug for like three repetitive scenes! Apparently, readers of the book tell me that Smaug was conveying crucial information.

Either way, not a bad way to spend a few hours on Saturday if you were thinking about skipping it because of the first installment.
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Old 12-17-2013, 03:01 PM   #2
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thought it was rather mediocre. there were no suspense whatsoever. the action was repetative and, frankly, boring. nothing at stake and the same cliche "i am so great, fear me" speak from all villains, yet we never see them back it up. "you will all burn". really? it reminded me of star trek into darkness, where the villain was some blowhard who was supposed to be this super strong, super intelligent man, yet nothing he said or did was intelligent. i've just had it with those kind of villains.

the 48fps is horrible to watch, any movement of the camera made me uncomfortable.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:04 PM   #3
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nothing at stake and the same cliche "i am so great, fear me" speak from all villains, yet we never see them back it up. "you will all burn". really? it reminded me of star trek into darkness, where the villain was some blowhard who was supposed to be this super strong, super intelligent man, yet nothing he said or did was intelligent.
Haha, it's the same actor!
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:25 PM   #4
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I was so bored through this movie. I got up to use the Men's room and took my time coming back.

Seriously, they added another Orc bad guy and then didn't resolve him either?

My hope is that after all three movies are out, some dedicated fan will edit them down to a 4 hour quality film.
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:41 PM   #5
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Either way, not a bad way to spend a few hours on Saturday if you were thinking about skipping it because of the first installment.
I was thinking of skipping it (and, in fact, will be doing so) because the tone is all wrong. The Hobbit isn't supposed to be a mini-LOTR. It's supposed to be its own, lighter thing.

But I'm probably in the minority in believing Peter Jackson was the wrong director for any of the Tolkien adaptations. Totally subjective here, but what he did with LOTR didn't really work for me either. I'll stick with the books.
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:08 PM   #6
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I was thinking of skipping it (and, in fact, will be doing so) because the tone is all wrong. The Hobbit isn't supposed to be a mini-LOTR. It's supposed to be its own, lighter thing.

But I'm probably in the minority in believing Peter Jackson was the wrong director for any of the Tolkien adaptations. Totally subjective here, but what he did with LOTR didn't really work for me either. I'll stick with the books.
Agree with all of this.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:42 AM   #7
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But I'm probably in the minority in believing Peter Jackson was the wrong director for any of the Tolkien adaptations. Totally subjective here, but what he did with LOTR didn't really work for me either.
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Agree with all of this.
Ditto!

I learned my lesson with LOTR, the grating disappointment of having to wait for the next part to be released -- twice. (And only to find the damn movie was incomplete.) I'm waiting for all 3 parts of The Hobbit to come out on DVD and will watch them consecutively then.
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Old 05-22-2014, 12:02 PM   #8
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Pretty much on par with the first film. I enjoyed it a lot.

The main attraction is of course the visuals. Despite all the CGI trickery, the world feels real and lived-on. The vistas are breathtaking.

Also the final battle with Smaug is great, epic action sequence. In general, all the action is well done. And the charismatic actors are appropriately scenery-chewing.

Sure, the story lacks a beginning and and end, and there isn't really enough plot to cover a 3 hour movie.

But the whole point to me is to get lost in the imaginary world created by Tolkien and Jackson. Allowing all the visual spectacle to wash over you. To be captured by the magic.

As such, it's a great trip.
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Old 05-24-2014, 10:19 AM   #9
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I had read reviews here before seeing it when it came out and remembered seeing so many people disappointed that I almost skipped it altogether. When I saw it I actually liked it and watched it again a week later. I don't know, guess I'm the odd man out.
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