Yeah, we saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. More like: The Hobbit: The Desecration of a Perfectly Wonderful Story That is Interesting, Engaging, and Suitable for Older Children Without Being Saccharine or Dumbed Down Thanks to Peter Jackson Who Should Never Be Allowed Near a Film Ever Again.
I am not big on orthodoxy re: books made into films. When I knew he was stretching The Hobbit into 3 parts, I knew he would be padding. I hoped that he would spend some time and effort on what made the book charming and engaging and a classic for so many years. I hoped for the songs. But nope: all of that got shot all to hell for the sake of orcs, orcs and more orcs. I don't even care that he invented characters, borrowed characters from other books and inserted a silly love triangle. I do care that he took everything that was enjoyable and fun and yes: that terribly over used word: magical about the whole thing and made it simply an homage to some video game directed at 14 year old boys who are too afraid to fantasize about girls so they fantasize about killing stuff.
The casting was good. This time around, I was irritated by the heavy make up on the dwarves. The acting was good, if you forget Rivendale. The song at the end while the credits rolled was really good but where were all the songs from the original?????? It's not like he didn't have the budget.
After the first installment, I was excited to see #2. Now, I am very doubtful I will bother with #3.
Frankly, the 1977 animated version was MUCH better and much more faithful to the book.
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on December 16th, 2013, 2:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.