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One great movie

By jcstoufferjr
Written December 16, 2013
I remember when I read the book many years ago let me just say I was not disappointed . They may have embellished a bit but for the most part they stayed true. I can not wait for the final installment .
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Stayed only through the first film.

By RobertLeeKing
Written December 14, 2013
I purchased tickets for this marathon for my daughter and myself. Both Tolkien fans and fans of the Lord Of The Rings and associated books and films. Unfortunately, the show time was at 8:30pm on a thursday night. Fine for normal length films, not so much for Peter Jackson's habit of stretching a small story into a monumental one or two in this case. Visually, the film (only stayed through the first film) was stunning. Story wise, more than half of the film could have been removed and no-one would ever notice. I plan to see Desolation of Smaug on a weekend sometime soon when I don't have to work the next morning and won't care about my fanny going to sleep watching another overly drawn out film. We both enjoyed the film we saw. the 3D effect was stunning more often than not. But, it also revealed some pretty crummy shortcuts that may not be noticed in 2D.
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Desolation of Smaug

By axeman2
Written December 13, 2013
Remarkably done and so MAGNIFICENT AND TERRIBLE is Smaug!!!! The Dwarves are solid and Gandalf, Legolas, and Turiel build the Movie into a stage set for an epic conclusion. As a Tolkien fan, I am very well pleased and more than satisfied--Middle Earth is a master piece. Thank you Peter Jackson and your colleagues for never backing down in bringing this miracle of a story to the big screen in a most miraculous way!!! 3D HFR...AMAZING!!!!
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By ShadowCatt3
Written December 13, 2013
I went to see the double feature on opening night. It was pretty great. I will say that I have never read the book, but not because I don't want to, it's on my list, I just have a pretty long list at the moment. I've heard there are many differences, but even fans of the book, such as my best friend who went to see the movie with me, agree that the movie was definitely well worth the money spent
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Excellent visuals

By rebeccaheyne
Written December 17, 2013
I read the books but my husband did not so I overlook the deviations as long as it contributes to an overall interesting movie. My husband couldn't remember the details from the first movie so we chose the double feature. It was an enjoyable date night for us. The dragon was awesome!
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