So, my Hobbit – The Desolution of Smaug-review. If you’re interested. I try to keep this spoiler-free.
Loved it, but not wholeheartedly. This was the first Peter Jackson-movie that takes place in the Middle Earth where I was bored at times. Actually, just the one time. The scenes in the wood elves castle felt over long, and in need of editing. The whole Tauriel-business was pretty unnecessary, but I guess the movie producers felt that there had to be at least one female character in the movie. And the love triangle, please… Evangelina Lily is thankfully very nice to look at.
Also some of the CGI was pretty shoddy, which frankly shocked me a bit. In trying to make Legolas look younger they seemed to make him look older.
Now too the good stuff. Once more, the sets were amazing. The Lake Town and Erebor were pretty much exactly like I imagined them. They felt also very real. And Smaug was just fantastic! I guess that most of the CGI money went into making him, which is after all very important. And Benedict Cumberpatch absolutely killed it as Smaug’s voice (I do believe me motion captured a lot of Smaug’s movements too though). He’s perfect in everything. Beorn was also amazing. I felt the need to shout YEAH MOTHERFUCKERS HERE’S BEORN! when he charged from the woods after the company.
Too long didn’t read: Go see it if you love Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth, if you’re a Tolkien-purist, maybe not… There was very little faithfulness to the book. And they made a lot of stuff up. But hell, we got to see Angmar! That was the mountain prison Gandalf visited. It was actually a tomb of the Witch King of Angmar.
Ok, now you can start making fun of me for liking this sort of stuff.