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5 Points on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – a movie review

I finally got around to seeing the latest J. R. R. Tolkien/Peter Jackson jam, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and it did not disappoint – well, not me, at least.  If the movie did pizz you off, I can certainly understand why.  Also:  check out my reviews of The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey here (written) and here (video).

“Run!”
Like any J. R. R. Tolkien/Peter Jackson movie, people are running all the time, and for some reason, I love watching people run in these movies.   I don’t care where or why, I just like it when Peter Jackson sweeps the camera over people and they run.  For some reason, I think that looks awesome.

It’s not true to the book and I don’t care.
I remember thinking that The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey was faithful to the novel, but The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has made several major additions and changes.  This is the sort of thing that usually bugs the crap out of me, but my feeling is that if you do something well, I can’t bitch about it.  Also, I’m all for ADDING THINGS – I’m much more annoyed when things are removed.  I was very much looking forward to seeing Bombur fall into the black river and fall asleep, but it didn’t make it into the movie.  I guess that’s not especially visually interesting and since it seems that they traded that for hardcore elf action, I’ll take it!

Antagonists!
They’re really starting to match up all of the protagonists with an antagonist so everyone has someone to face off with in the third and final film.  It seemed to work out in this film, but I’m a little concerned that this could make the end of the last film a little Phantom Menace-esque.

That’s a lot f beheadings.
I love movie violence as much as the next guy, but this movie might have had a few too many beheadings.  If the audience is starting to get board watching the good guys cut off the bad guy’s heads, that’s certainly a sign that you’ve included too many in your movie.

Music?  What music?  AND That song is kinda… you know…  “I See Fire” – whew.
The Lord of the Rings scores really jump up and bit me, but I gotta say, I only remember that these new movies reprise some themes from the old ones.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this movie’s song, “I See Fire.”  I know these movies always have a song, but for some reason, this one really jumped out at me as a stinker.  It was just too much on the nose for me.  I guess they can’t all be “Gollum’s Song.”

I know The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I had a good time watching this:  the fast pace, breathtaking action, performances, direction, design… I dug it all.  Like the first one, I’m giving this a 9 out of 10.  I’m much higher than a lot of other folks, but this is my bag, so at the very least, realize this is a quality movie but I’m probably overselling it.

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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com and BomberBanter.com

Posted on December 30, 2013, in lists, movie reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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