Post by Michael O'Brien on Jan 20, 2014 17:12:38 GMT
Well by now Smaug has probably left the cinemas in most places around the globe. I saw it over Christmas and quite enjoyed it, but of course there was a heck of a lot of interpretations and inventions going on. However that does not always mean a bad thing.
So I wondered what you thought about the 2nd instalment of this trilogy.
You can comment on whether you think it matched the first part, or the book itself and what you hope to see (or not) in the final instalment.
SPOILER ALERT for those who may not have watched it.
I'm a lot more forgiving where the Hobbit strays from the book than I was with LotR, that said I cannot abide the Golden Dwarf scene - just makes me think of something GW would have concocted had they been directing!!!
The majority of the Lonely Mountain action could (once the dwarves join in), in my own personal opinion, have been less Indiana Jones and more Tolkien.
I appreciate that for the uninitiated who have never read the books and are movie-goers only, a more action packed movie is required, but I think the dwarves could still have paid a part, but not how it was portrayed.
Tauriel is okay and keeps the PC brigade happy, but please keep cross-race romance out of it if this is where the story is headed. Mortal and elf, yes, dwarf and elf.......!
I am also wondering why the need to split the company, but like all elements, plots and sub-plots I think I need to see all three movies to see where PJ is going before I make a final personal judgement.
Overall I did enjoy it, just can't get that d**n Golden Dwarf out of my mind!!!
Second film was better than first one, in my opinion. The action scenes were spectacular to see (especially the escape from the Wood Elves, and Smaug itself), and I liked the way PJ made links with the story of LotR (the appearance of Sauron, the 9 Nazgul, Legolas!) It was very nice to see Legolas again in a new story - of course Tolkien didn't mention him in the book because he hadn't invented him yet when writing it, but now we know he existed, so it is only logical he has been added to the story. He even has a girlfriend! That new element doesn't disturb me, but the love story between Tauriel and Fili (or was it Kili ?) was not beleivable to me. Love at first sight between an Elf and a dwarf ? Hmmm... Also not beleivable to me was the coincidal meeting with Bard. First man of Lake City they meet, is Bard. Come on! Same for the Golden dwarf : where did the dwarves get the mould from ? Weird idea I don't understand. Maybe it was inspired by the Trojan Horse... The spiders were also very well done. I only hope people aren't going to hate or fear spiders and kill them, because in reality they are very useful animals... Most cruel scene : the dwarves pulling the legs out of a spider. Made me think of a scene coming out of the Spartacus serie (with less blood however Finally, Beorn should have had a more elaborated role in the movie. Now he is only portrayed as some kind of a wear-wolf, but instead of a wolf, he turns into a bear. And the only thing he does is giving them shelter for one night. Tolkien gave him in the book much more space. To end, best joke : Legolas' reaction when seeing Gimli's portrait.