Desolation of Smaug: Review

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If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, it has exploded with very opinionated thoughts on this movie. I’ll be keeping spoilers very clearly marked in this review.

Desolation of Smaug I would say is the least like the book of any of Jackson’s Middle Earth movies. I am by no means a book purist, but this movie had me going, ‘why?’. Primarly because the scenes that were lifted from the book were so incredibly well done. Even the harshest critics, that I’ve heard, sing the praises of the perfection that is Bilbo meeting Smaug. And Smaug? This is 2013, we’re fantasy and science fiction fans- we’ve seen alot of dragons. Smaug blows them all away. Smaug is magnificent.

The spiders in Mirkwood were terrifying. That scene was also amazing– and may give me nightmare at some point in time.

…And then we have Laketown. I would rather forget that whole part of the movie exists, it felt like they were trying to make the movie more dramatic! And higher the stakes! You have a fire breathing dragon and Sauron threatening to rise…aren’t the stakes high enough?

It felt like they were trying to throw all these extra storylines in which left me asking why?

The biggest lacking in this movie is there is very little Bilbo. Sure, he’s there, but he’s background character for most of the movie. What makes the first Hobbit movie so good is Martin Freeman’s portrayal of Bilbo, Desolation of Smaug would be a better movie with more focus on Bilbo.

I have a theory. Maybe it’s a hope. I think that next year when the inevitable extended edition comes out, the plot lines will be filled out and make more sense and be less jarring. Or so that’s my hope. A friend described this movie as high budget fan fiction. That is so accurate, this movie would have been better called ‘The Hobbit: Vaguely Inspired by the Book’.

I want to see it again, to see if a second viewing will make the crazy changes seem to flow better…and to see Smaug on the big screen again.

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Tauriel. I liked her. I thought she was a good character. The romance with Kili? Really? I wasn’t buying it. And why? The logic behind this move by Jackson is lost on me. When she’s healing him and the glow, I didn’t start laughing but I thought about.

Laketown. Oh Laketown. Ahh…I get it, you want to make Bard more important, but this whole part of the movie just had me shaking my head.

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Frozen

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If you haven’t seen Frozen yet– go see it.

I had zero interest in seeing this movie until the reviews started pouring in, and every friend I know who had seen it loved it and my curiosity was peaked. So the midget, death lady, and I went on Sunday to see what the big deal was about.

We were not disappointed. There is one plot point that I was like ‘whaaa…?’, but other than that this is a visually strong and story strong movie. It will definitely be added to my DVD collection when it comes out, and put right next to Tangled of course.

The midget’s review was summed up like this: “It’s like Disney destroyed all the messages about ‘true love’ they’ve been teaching for the last 50 years!”

I think this movie takes the record for the most sings Disney has crammed into one movie ever. Frozen’s characters don’t react like your typical Disney prince and princess, and the primary story is between the two sisters and their love and caring for each other. This is not often done well, and Frozen does an excellent job.

Day of the Doctor

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Saturday we just made a day of seeing All The Things(!). Midget and I are started with Catching Fire. Of which all I really have to say is bravo. I thoroughly enjoyed the books, and I think these movies so far are excellent adaptations. I look forward to the next movie, and hope my cousin’s little girl wants to see Catching Fire again in the discount theatre in the upcoming weeks so I have an excuse to go see it again…

Day of the Doctor. Armed with more popcorn than the eight people who were present could consume, we all watched the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special on my dad’s big screen. I have decided I really liked it, and my biggest surprise? John Hurt makes an excellent Doctor. It was great to see Tennant again.

Next up, Desolation of Smaug!

 

Thor: The Dark World

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The first Thor movie really was not good. But I am glad it exists solely because that meme came out of it.

Thor: The Dark World, was better. Still not a great movie, but better and most importantly: thoroughly enjoyable. It doesn’t seem to take itself terribly serious, and that is why midget and I enjoyed it. And for the fact that Darcy is an awesome character.

Oh the horror

“It’s October…Which means slasher flicks, vampires, satanic cults, zombies, giant worms, cabins in the woods, stupid, frisky teenagers, lots of screaming and an unrealistic amount of blood that no human body could actually contain.” -The Midget

My sister over at Inevitably Revised is starting a new series on horror. Being ‘big sister’, I remember when she wouldn’t watch LotR all the way through because it had decapitated heads, now she has become quite the horror fan, and as she does with most things has turned an interest into a fine tuned passion. With this series she means to delve into the horror genre and what exactly ‘horror’ can mean.

“The point of fiction should be to stretch your thinking, and to come up with more questions to find more Biblical answers to and strengthen your faith. Each time you read a story, you are reading someone’s worldview from their heart. This applies to horror as well.” – The Midget

While my personal tastes tend to the most ‘horrific’ horror movie I like is The Mummy or World War Z, I have been learning to appreciate this genre more through her interest. There are good stories to be found here, even amongst some movies which will find me slipping my glasses off for some of the scarier scenes.