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Desolation of Smaug

So, we saw Desolation of Smaug last night. I can certainly see why there are mixed reactions. I don't want to do any spoilers so I won't give details but will share my son Matt's summation: half WOW, half outraged declaration of "Jackson is writing his own fan fiction!" I have to agree. But the cast? WOW! Smaug? WOW!!!! As many others have said: Best dragon ever. The visuals? Definite WOW! The parts of the book that actually made it to the screen? Double WOW! The rest? Meh. But Martin Freeman makes it all worthwhile.



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Dec. 23rd, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
Best review I read described as "the best two and half chapters of a book I've never read"!
Dec. 24th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
Some of it was downright befuddling.

I understand Legolas wasn't in the book, so to call him out-of-character isn't entirely correct, but he was a completely different Legolas than the one Jackson gave us in the LotR trilogy. I mean, he was badass and fun, but he wasn't Legolas.
Dec. 24th, 2013 04:47 am (UTC)
I saw the first one last year... now, I'm waiting for the fan-cut of the trilogy into one movie. ;-)
Dec. 24th, 2013 11:15 am (UTC)
I might be seeing it tomorrow - and if you're referring to the part I think you are, then yes, it's definitely Peter Jackson fanfiction, and the thespian involved was *not* happy with how the reshoots altered the original concept of the role.

I was quite *meh* on the first part (at least half an hour too long, with some beautiful but deadly dull stretches) so am not exactly holding my breath....
Dec. 24th, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
I saw it last week and have been struggling to figure out why I don't find it as appealing as the first one. I think your post sums up how I feel.
Dec. 24th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
I agree. I think the added bits to justify certain relationships didn't work (at least for me) and took away from what could have been more meaningful exchanges between father and son. I like that there's a strong female character but really?! PJ went there even though he said he wouldn't.

Martin Freeman was brilliant as always and we need MOAR Thranduil!
Dec. 24th, 2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
I treated myself to the Tolkein Ensemble 4 CD set. Nice, (but one does have to have a taste for classical music) There were bits that raised the hair on the back of my neck.
Made me think that that we really need is for someone to make an opera out of the trilogy. The Hobbit too would work - much better than the Gingerbread house christmas schmaltz!

And really good black and white line illustrations that were drawn by the Queen of Denmark when she was Crown Princess. How cool is that?

Love the snippet.

Best wishes for the new year. (Happy Hogswatch for those who celebrate!)

Edited at 2013-12-24 07:35 pm (UTC)
Dec. 25th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
I loved it, and we've set about watching the entire series this week (a bit of an undertaking) Glad Orlando Bloom was still cast in DoS. I've never read the books but Legolas SHOULD be bad ass. How would he even have survived that world if he wasn't? (In fact, now that I think on it, he would make a lovely grown up Alec.) The scenery is breathtaking, in fact if your series ever made it to the big screen, I would imagine the backdrop and look of it to have similarities with Lord of the Rings/Hobbit series....
Dec. 29th, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
Fan fiction? Yes. Sort of. Lots of background information that is in Tolkien's other published work is in there, too, but still. Wouldn't be the first time I was totally entertained by fan fiction. I guess I'm just not a purist. I'm all for prolonging my stay in Middle Earth, and if anyone can do that in a way that doesn't cheapen the original work, I think it's Peter Jackson and his crew. And yeah, I agree, Best. Dragon, Ever.
Jan. 14th, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
I think this fanart by ewebean actually sum up the best part of the movie:

(That wheelbarrow was really fast ...)
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