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Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Saw it today in the Theater.

Not available even for pre-order yet, but you can find a "let you know when it's available" link here:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Blu-Ray)

Okay, I can get that showing some of the stuff that was alluded to but "off stage" in the original, or alluded to as backstory from the LOTR might be interesting.  I can get that the walking and walking and walking through Mirkwood might not play well on the screen and the reasons for compressing it.  I can even see compressing Bilbo's three trips down the hole to the Dragon's lair into one as making a certain cinematic sense.  But where did that romantic subplot come from?

Still and all, I liked this one better than the first.  The two big battles--on the river and under the mountain--weren't as outrageous as "falling with style" in the first one (if you saw it, you know what I mean), but they were still pretty over the top.  Elves still appear to come from Krypton.  There was a "fuzziness" in the image details of the first one that bothered me and was absent here.

All in all it was a fun way to spend a few hours.

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