The Desolation of Smaug
I went to see the Hobbit last Thursday with a friend. Over all I was very much in love with the film however in the end I just kept glancing at my watch to see when it was finish. I believe it was a little too long – and at times it dragged on. I’ve read many people think the CGI was bad – I don’t know if I think it was bad, but it definitely lacked the Lord of the Rings Trilogy grace and at times it was awfully painful to watch. Legolas looked like he was created solely in the CGI room and not a living person. Although I must say Orlando Bloom is looking fit as ever. Elves are supposed not to age, but I do think he could have pulled it off without using CGI to obtain that eternal look and grace elves are known for.
Another thing I could have done without was the Kili-Tauriel-Legolas thing. It gives absolutely nothing to the overall plot and I found myself wishing I could fast forward the scenes entirely – especially the scene between Kili and Tauriel in Lake Town where she heals his wound. If I wanted to watch a sappy romantic story I could pop one of the other hundreds movies that’s already made. I really hope Peter Jackson sticks to the book and kill Kili and Fili off in the next film as they die in the book.
The funniest scene was probably the one between Gloin and Legolas where the latter look at the formers picture of his wife and son, Gimli. Gimle would go on to be a protagonist in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and become heterosexual life partners with a certain elf.
The scenes with Smaug and the Necromancer were formidable thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch! He is just special – and I really liked how Bilbo and Smaug interacted with each other. I wasn’t disappointed by the fact his skin wasn’t full of jewels like it is the book..
I really need to read the book again to figure out how Gandalf will escape from Dol Goldur.I wonder if Radagast will somehow contact Galadriel or something. Radagast wasn’t in the book if I remember correctly, but was mentioned in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy where he was cut from the movie. I guess it’s only fair to incorporate him in the Hobbit. Sylvester McCoy does an excellent job with the material he is given – and he’s a funny looking dude as Radagast. That birds nest in his hair is just nasty.
Howard Shore once again outdo himself in the music department. The score to the Hobbit Part II is on par with his previously accomplishments in the original trilogy and the Hobbit Part I. He is almost in a league of his own. I love it. No doubt I’ll buy the soundtrack as well as the movie when it gets released.
I’m really looking forward to The Hobbit: There And Back Again. In the meantime I’ll reread the book, listen to the soundtracks, rewatch the original trilogy and the two first Hobbits movies.
Oh Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman) and Orlando Bloom looks like they’re twins or at least related to one another. They resemble each other so mush it’s almost ridiculous. Just look here at these two pictures! And make up your mind. I see a strong resemblance between them. I hope people weren’t confused when watching the movie.
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