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Unfaithful and disappointing

By spinninglies
Written December 13, 2013
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.
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The Desolation of Peter Jackson

By dancingforhispleasur
Written December 13, 2013
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.
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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

By piercejscott
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."
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An awesome movie :)

By nightstigers
Written December 14, 2013
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 :)
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I usually LOVE this type of movie

By willvectorforfood
Written December 16, 2013
I usually LOVE this type of movie. I'm a big fan of LOTR and the whole fantasy genre. But this movie, despite the great richness of it's scenery, is dull and streches into boredom. My daughters, HUGE fans who've been looking forward to it for a year, wouldn't quite admit it was bad but even they were dissappointed. And I think what they liked best was the Sherlock tie in with Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug and Freeman as Bilbo. They liked the new Tauriel character but I think they were just latching onto something positive. My favorite part is that my husband is now doing the Smaug voice which horrifies my daughters. ;) The movie is dull, D-U-L-L, save your money.
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