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Mornin '13

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was a fun movie for me. Really had fun watching it and I saw no harm in encouraging people to see it. Okay, now that I've watched the sequel -- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug -- there are a few things that have surprised me, and I don't mean in a good way. Nobody enjoys mindless Hollywood villain-bashing more than I do, but something felt off in this sequel, which most of us were awaiting so eagerly. As much as I appreciate what Peter Jackson has done with Tolkien's lore, I cannot deny one obvious fact about The Hobbit movies - they are struggling to maintain a story that could've easily been made into a single, epic movie. A lot of the dialogue feels forced and bland, so much so that it almost seems as if the characters themselves don't know what else they're supposed to do or say.

The direction is damn-nearly flawless, as are all the stunning battle scenes and special effects, complete with the glorious first appearance of Smaug, who was immaculately voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

This movie won't make me hate the franchise. Far from it. I have too much respect for Peter Jackson, the massive project and the entire crew behind it. Yet, I cannot shake the feeling that more of Tolkien's source material is missing and it fucking shows. The Lord of the Rings trilogy used an abundance of awesome material from three books (+ appendix). In that respect, The Hobbit does seem like butter scraped over too much bread, as Bilbo would say. Sure, it's still all tremendous fun to watch. You shouldn't miss out on watching these movies in the cinema. Only don't expect the kind of story depth you witnessed in the LotR movies. 

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RenegadeCZ Dec 16 2013, 05:36 am EST

As you said, it was a very fun movie to watch, and I'm glad it exists, but I was leaving the cinema kind of disappointed with how little did the story progress through the movie, and a a bit angry that I'll have to wait another year to know how will it end. Mind you, I have only read the part of the book that was covered in the first movie. It feels like I'll only have to read a couple more pages to get to the start of the third one.
  Vader: I read The Hobbit in one breath. When I was a kid. Th…
Vader [STAFF] Dec 16 2013, 06:21 am EST
One great movie. The Hobbit would be great for a single epic movie. Two's alright, I guess.

Three seems like pushing it.
  RenegadeCZ: If the would spread it acroos 4 movies, I would not m…
Vader: It's an epic project. And I still applaud PJ and his …
kreep69 Dec 16 2013, 07:38 am EST
The LOTR trilogy was epic ... these new hobbit movies are weak sauce turd droppings. Books are usually better than movies but even so something is just way off with these new hobbit movies ... operatic dwarves and way too much cheesy looking CG for starters.
  Vader: It's like watching Lord of the Rings, without the sto…
kreep69: Oh? I felt the pace of (especially the first Hobbit)…
CJ_Parker Dec 16 2013, 10:48 am EST
Doomsday. Dec 16 2013, 11:32 am EST

Just watched Catching Fire! Very very good! 8.5/10!
  Cheddar: Now THAT was a good movie.
Terminator: Agreed. Catching Fire is awesome!
antonphd Dec 16 2013, 11:32 am EST
i accept them for what they are. kids movies. just like the book. and i agree that they would be better as 2 films (2 hours each). but when i think of what would get cut i am glad that Peter is being self indulgent, because i love everything that should be cut. i really do.
FesterSilently Dec 16 2013, 12:30 pm EST
You know what would be awesome at the end of the trilogy?

A (reverse) Director's Cut: a 3-4 hour epic, SINGLE movie that covers all the salient bits from the overwrought trilogy; slim it down, tighten it up, make it worth the watch.
PigMaster Dec 16 2013, 12:46 pm EST
I didn't like the Lotr trilogy and I didn't watch the hobbit. I tried, twice.v it bored me so much...could've been a great movie.
Couldawouldashoulda, didn't.
Cheddar Dec 16 2013, 12:50 pm EST
Saw Hobbit 2 last night.

It's entertaining enough in a shallow blockbuster movie sort of way, I guess, but it officially proves that the Hobbit movies are just shamelessly taking a steaming dump all over book in regard to actually being true to it.

I remember arguing with people here before Hobbit 1 came out that this inexplicable trilogy would prove to be just a flagrant cash-grab by Hollywood, and now Hobbit 2 resoundingly proves it.

The (unnecessary and grossly narrative-interrupting) Tauriel and Legolas sub-plot? The laughable dwarf x elf romance? Fucking Gandalf directly confronting fucking Sauron in fucking Dol Guldur? Are you fucking kidding me? AND NONE OF THESE PURELY INVENTED-FOR-THE-MOVIE SUB-PLOTS WERE EVEN FUCKING NECESSARY TO PAD THE FILM LENGTH, BECAUSE THE MOVIE IS STILL ALMOST 3 HOURS LONG ANYWAY!

Gah. I've lost a lot of respect for Peter Jackson.
  Terminator: Agreed, Galdalf going after Sauron alone was beyond s…
Terminator Dec 16 2013, 04:41 pm EST
You guys can complain all you want, but Desolation of Smaug is a very fun movie. I love the stuff they added in there. The movies are so much better than the book!


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