In the last couple of days I've tried to think of what I could say about the movie. This is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, and I've been trying to figure out how to explain why it disappointed me.
I think the thing that bothers me the most about both Hobbit movies so far is that nothing has happened in the five and a half hours of the six hours between both films.
The first film was extremely slow, and I feel like nothing memorable happened at all. I was disappointed, but was really hopeful for the rest of the trilogy, hoping the lead in to the other two movies would pay off. Unfortunately that wasn't the case.
Following will have SPOILERS!
Through the entire film as the Dwarves, and Bilbo try to make their way to the Lonely Mountain they are captured by giant spiders, and Bilbo surprisingly rescues them, then when their overwhelmed by more spiders the elves rescue them....but only to capture them. Then Bilbo surprisingly rescues them again, and they escape. As they're escaping and being chased by Orcs, they run into Bard, and in a wonderful chance of circumstances, he's a smuggler who can get them into a nearby city right next to their destination: the Lonely Mountain. He smuggles them into the city because of their evil dictator....actually that was unclear. The ruler of the city was obviously evil, but when his guards captured the Dwarves (captured for the third time in two hours!) he's actually ok with their presence? He has evil intentions, but their political problems were still unclear. (I understand that the city was struggling, in poverty due to the mountain cities of the Dwarves were destroyed by Smaug the Dragon years ago. Why were they still there? If their city had become unlivable, poor, with no reason to stay, why did they stay? Why were they putting up with this evil dictator?) Anyway while they were being captured by the humans, Gandalf was captured by Orcs, and the return of Sauron!
Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, and especially Martin Freeman all did a fantastic job. Like seriously, I loved all of their performances. The film's redeeming quality was these wonderful actors.
I think the movie would have been fine if it hadn't felt like it dragged on so long, and I could have done without the cheesy fight scenes that included the Dwarves floating down the river in barrels and somehow escaping any harm at all from the chasing Orcs. Without enough weapons for every Dwarf they somehow able to see when their buddy was going to get shot by an arrow or attacked and were able to throw him an axe, not only quick enough to throw the weapon over to the neighboring barrel, but just quick enough to hit said Orc with that axe. Also rolling down the cliffs in a barrel bowling over Orcs like their....uh, well bowling pins may be fun for a cartoon, but in my opinion had no place in this film.
The best part of the film was the last twenty minutes with Smaugg. There were great scenes with the Dwarves trying to escape, Smaugg taunting them, and finally them outwitting him, to the cliffhanger. Smaugg looks amazing. Amazing. Like they actually found a Dragon, taught him to talk and act and cast him in the role. The CGI was perfection! Maybe the biggest reason to see the film.
I know a lot of you are going to disagree with me, and that's fine. I just have so much love for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, they did a great job with those three films. I think now if they were to make those today instead they'd make them into six or seven movies and drag it out for as much time as they possibly could. I wish instead of dragging out the single Hobbit book to make a buck they made something magical and timeless. Something up to par with the Lord of the Rings. The film held such great potential with talented actors, I just wish it had more than five hours of buildup and one hour of story.
I GIVE IT
What did you think? Tell me what I missed! Change my mind!