So, let's start with the first and foremost thing that came to my mind while the movie I had spent my Christmas Night watching.
The cliffhangers of all cliffhangers! (I'll just leave it at that) This is the first movie I've seen where everyone, and I do mean everyone, in the theater stood up and screamed the same word! I won't go into to many details, so I don't spoil it for those who have watched it, but four days later I'm still reeling with it.
Secondly, though it took me a while to get to this point, Benedict Cumberbatch is an acting god. I don't mean to fall madly in love with actor's talents, but have any of you heard him? My uncle, who hates the Evil Villain's Super Ridiculous Monologue in movies, couldn't find a single thing to complain about with the actor's dialogue. You don't see this talented actor's face, he can't rely on his expressions and body language, all of it has to be done by his voice, and he does terrifically. I've never known of an actor who gave me cold chills playing a role in which I never see him act.
Thirdly, and while my first two points have been nothing but good things this one is a small downfall, Orlando Bloom as Legolas? I can already hear the keyboards typing about how he HAD to play Legolas because he WAS Legolas and fussing at me for even daring to complain about the casting. I know Legolas was originally played by Orlando Bloom, and his role as Legolas is what put him on my "Do List" when I was younger, but having an older actor play a younger version of a character he played when he himself was younger? That gives me doubts, and then watching the movie and staring at Legolas and wondering if that was even Bloom? He was CGI'd like none other! I would much rather have a younger actor who looked like Bloom play the young Legolas, and because I realize it's a LoTR prequel and Orlando Bloom should be in it, or else the fangirls will riot, Orlando Bloom should have been casted as Bard. Not that I didn't love Luke Evans as Bard.
Fourthly, and again this will be a complaint, I did NOT go to see this movie in 3D. I don't have the money to see any movie in 3D, and I really hate watching movies that make me go "Yeah, they made this to make the extra ten bucks from 3D" The special effects were a bit much, not too much, and definitely not enough to ruin the movie for me at all, but definitely enough to make me question having them there.
All in all, The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug