Written January 12, 2015
It's just sad when carefully constructed lore is dismissed in favor of flashy, unnecessary fight scenes and poor character development. This movie does a vast disservice to the mythos.
Written August 20, 2014
Trust in Peter Jackson. Honestly I was terrified to see the movie from reading all of the reviews. But I was completely blown away by the second installment. People who say that it strayed away from the book were not paying close enough attention. Yes, there were new characters and scenes that were expanded on. But most of what was shown actually happened in Tolkien's storyline and are explained through his other works. What do you think Gandalf was doing when he left the Company? Going on vacation? I have been a huge fan of the books and movies for years and I could not be more impressed. No, it is not the lighthearted children's book that you may remember but if they wrote the script verbatim it would of fallen flat on the Big Screen. If you are a real fan and are open to what the films have to offer I urge you to not pay attention to the nay-sayers and go see it for yourself. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I am upset and confused reading the reviews.
Written January 06, 2015
It would appear, for some strange and unforeseeable reason, that Director/Co-writer Peter Jackson is not himself these days. Having viewed and admired (at one point or another) a large chunk of Jackson's oeuvre I can quite confidently say that I see very little of the cinematic flare for the grandiose which he is known for. And while Jackson is no stranger to helming lengthy pictures, the Hobbit contemptuously overlong and often feels as if it were the rough cut of a much shorter and concise feature. The attention to and love for the source material which gave the Rings trilogy a feeling of being created by a fan for fans seems to have all but vanished with the second installment of the Hobbit. It feels more like a LOTR/Hobbit knock-off or Tolkien fan-fiction rather than an adaptation. If there is anything good to say about the film (and there is in fact) it can be summed up most succinctly in the progression Martin Freeman as Bilbo and the malevolence of Benedict Cumerbatch's Smaug.
Written January 05, 2015
While not completely true to the book the Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is an awesome watch! Definately worth watching while its in theatres! There is some embelishment on some parts for the purposes of the movie but it doesn't take away from the movie itself :)
Written December 13, 2013
If you pretend the movie is not about Tolkien's world and the treasured book named in the title, and if you try NOT to imagine Tolkien not only rolling OVER in his grave, but actually rising from it to strangle Peter Jackson et al in vengeful wrath, then the movie is quite enjoyable. Well put togetjer for the most part (except for some dodgy CGI in the Third Act), well acted, and even well scripted, the movie is what the critics would call (and maybe even already have called) a "rollicking good time."