THISHonestly I like looking at Evangeline Lilly as much as the next guy, and yes her fight scenes were awesome, but that was the most awkward, forced romance I have ever seen and I never want to see her character again.
The deuce. I wasn't thrilled with the deviations in the first one, but could accept them, as it was generally spot on in the feel; the whole "Bilbo stands up and defends Thorin amidst a burning wasteland" scene was overplayed and ridiculous, but at the same time...it's something Bilbo would have done. Something he did do, just later. And multiple times. I could even accept the Necromancer stuff, as that happened in Tolkien's world, just not in the LOTR or The Hobbit.I actually enjoyed the first movie immensely and white knighted the deviations from the lore as being in spirit with the Hobbit. Then I saw this one and realized it wasn't worth defending
The general consensus based on my lazy internet search seems to agree with me. They didn't need 3 movies, and this was a more obvious grab at le benjamins.
It was a couple scenes here and there, but it made me resent ol' PJ immensely.As for the second, I haven't seen it yet, but I know of the additional of Tauriel and the alluded romance with Fili, was it? I've been dreading it. Her overwhelming presence in the trailers has been disheartening, and seriously, a romance?
There's a reason why The Desolation of Smaug feels aimless, random, disconnected and inconsequential. It has no heart, no core, no unifying element that ties it all together. Why? Because Bilbo is a background character, relegated to comedic relief and errand-running. I would guess that his overall screen time adds up to about half of what it was in the first film, if that. Bilbo is no more fleshed out than any of the dwarves when it comes down to it; even Kili seems to get more attention with the silly Tauriel subplot. Jackson makes feeble attempts to highlight Bilbo's growing attachment to the ring, but the movie loses sight of that all too quickly. Yes, Bilbo has his big scene with Smaug, but he's just an errand boy who survives because of dumb luck instead of his wits. I got the same feeling watching Smaug as I did watching The Dark Knight Rises; that sinking realization of "Wow, Batman hasn't been around for a while... and I'm two thirds into the movie." I don't even understand how this happened, how such a grievous error was made on the part of the writers and the director.
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