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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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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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Amazing

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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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

By solanokid
Written December 13, 2013
In comparison to the first Hobbit movie, which had a lot of charm and comedy but dragged in places, this installment is darker and is almost non-stop action. I just wish Jackson and company stayed closer to the novel. They've changed around almost everything and even invented a major character for the film (Tauriel). They must have an obsession with wargs and orcs because both of the movies give way more time to them than the novel ever did. The endless fights and battles with Azog (who never even appears in the novel), orcs and goblins all seem to be the same after a while and get tedious. I think the end credits should read "Loosely based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien". But for those who have never read the book, it's an exciting film with the top-rate special effects we've come to expect from Peter Jackson and his Weta Digital. I don't think moviedom has ever seen a more realistic, menacing, enormous dragon.
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