Desolation of Smaug Review

It has been a few days since I’ve watched The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and I have mixed feelings about the movie. Generally, I loved DOS more than AUJ, but there are, of course, a few scenes that puzzle me.
First of all, I’ve went to see DOS in HFR and 3D and, as unpopular as it might be, I like it. Well, the HFR at least. Yes it is expensive, almost as if I’m trying to purchase the Arkenstone itself, but I love the effects of HFR. Anyway, one thing I didn’t like was parts of the German synchronisation. Last year, I’ve been still living in Cardiff so I was lucky enough to see AUJ in English. This year, I had no other choice but to see it in German. Unless I wanted to wait a few weeks and hope that a local cinema offers an English viewing. Anyway, what bothered me about the German synchronisation was the pronunciation of Azog. It was somehow pronounced as Adt-zog. I was cringing every time he was mentioned. Thankfully, Azog wasn’t mentioned in DOS as often as in AUJ.
So, let’s get to the point.

Things I loved:
Mirkwood and the Spiders. They were unbelievably realistic and I loved it and hated it at the same time. I loved it, because the spiders were so real and because they were talking. I hated it because they were so damn real. I’m afraid of spiders, so the scene were the dwarves pull the spiders legs was particularly disgusting. Martin Freeman’s Acting was extraordinary. One thing, though. I really hope we get to see a sleeping Bombur in the Extended Edition. Otherwise I’ll hunt Peter Jackson down. Speaking of Bombur, he was my secret hero of the movie. That dwarf is in darn good shape. I’m wondering if he’s giving exercise lessons?
Thranduil and Tauriel. I loved them both. I really, really love Tauriel. She seems to fit right into Middle-earth and I can totally live with her. I don’t want to give my opinion about the love-triangle. Yet. I want to wait until next year after watching There and Back Again. I’m mesmerized by Thranduil, with and without scars. God, these scars fascinate me so much. I’m barely able to think of anything else. Ok, there is another thing, though. The eyebrows. I’m strangely amused and pleased to see that PJ and his team created continuity within their adaptations. So far, every male (main) elf possess oddly striking, almost other worldly, eyebrows. It’s odd to focus on details such as eyebrows, but yeah, I do.
Smaug and Esgaroth. One thing that I really like about Smaug, besides his voice, is the fact that he has only four limbs. I know it’s not uncommon for dragons to have six limbs, but it somehow never feels right. Esgaroth is exactly the way I imagined it. So yay.
Random things that I like:
  • PJ’s cameo
  • Gloin and Legolas talking about Gimli
  • Beorn (surprisingly)
  • Dwalin and the toilet
  • Balin. What an amazing dwarf!
Things that were borderline “meh”:
Ok, I want to keep this list short so here we go
  • Golden dragon bath? Really? Thorin, it’s a mother frikkin dragon, what did you expect to happen? And since we’re already talking about gold, gold surfing? Really?
  • Oh, and what was that with that burning cloak, action-hero thing that Thorin did? I like action just like everyone else, but this (and the entire scene inside the Lonely Mountain) was just meh.
  • Glowing female elves? How dare you PJ? How dare you taking Arwen’s special moment away. I just pretend it never really happened and was just Kili’s imagination.
  • Dol Guldur. Not only do the Dol Guldur scenes feel like “fillers” to have enough stuff for three movies, it doesn’t even make any sense. At the beginning of FOTR, Gandalf has no idea that Sauron is gaining strength. Gandalf even has to research the One Ring because he has no idea what is going on. Yet in DOS, Gandalf seems to know so much already that a continuity of the plot is somehow not working.
  • Action-hero Legolas. Really?
All in all, DOS was a great movie and I can’t wait for the extended edition!

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