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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – my interest goes up in flames









The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the continuing story of the first movie in this trilogy.  Whence we last left our friends, they were on their way back to the Lonely Mountain to bring the Dwarves back to their home.  It’s the Lord of the Rings world, if you don’t know what that is, well, you probably shouldn’t be jumping in to the second movie of a trilogy, let alone a movie in the middle of a franchise.

The good; Smaug looks amazing, we finally get to see the dragon that’s made his home in the Dwarven kingdom.  The CG on Smaug is just so life like, if dragons do exist of course.

The bad; I was bored.  Much like Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Hobbit 2 is way too long.  This movie didn’t really do anything for me.  Every fight/battle scene was the end all be all, so you go from climactic scene to climactic scene… you’ve got no where to go from then on.  So everything fell flat and mundane.  Which is a shame.

Overall you can skip this one.  A trilogy that didn’t need to be, and whatever story they’re trying to tell, they could’ve done it in one movie.

Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in to a little song and dance

I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this weekend.  Is it me?  Or is the Sherman Oaks Arclight degrading?  The audience there as of late has become that of a dollar theatre.
Back to the movie, it’s the first in a prequel trilogy to that of Lord of the Rings.  We follow a young Bilbo Baggins as he embarks on a journey through Middle-Earth.  A Dwarf King is seeking to reclaim his rightful mountain kingdom from a dragon that’s occupying it now, he needs help, and that’s where Bilbo joins their merry gang.  We also get to see some familiar faces along the way.

The good;  the score, I love Howard Shore’s music.  Its swelling grandeur really compliments those wide shots.  This is the exception where a prequel actually worked for me.  We’re again brought in to the world of Middle-Earth, a time and place where not much changes in terms of technology.  So I’m ok with this, it’s not like a sci-fi prequel, where the technology of the world is far better in the past than it is in the future.
Speaking of music, there’s singing in this movie!  I actually wanted more songs.

Martin Freeman is great as the young Bilbo.

The bad; there are certain scenes where there’s too much going on, the frames are just too busy, one example that comes to mind is the mining caves.
I realize that the work of literature, The Hobbit, story, where it is one.  It felt more epic, when it wasn’t, it’s a very straight forward story without any twists or turns.

Overall, I enjoyed An Unexpected Journey,  it was delightful seeing the shire again, as well as some familiar faces of Middle-Earth.  I’m now curious to see it in forty eight frames 3D.  The scene with Gollum is amazing, the emotions that they get out of his computer generated face was frighteningly real and… well emotive.  It was a treat seeing that scene filmed live action, we all know the scene from the Bass/Rankin The Hobbit.
Still uncertain why this is a trilogy, but my butt will be in the theatres.

Hungry for Second Breakfast? Denny’s Has a Hobbit-themed Menu

America’s favorite 24-hour diner, Denny’s,  will be promoting “The Hobbit” with a limited special edition menu with middle-earth names for their delightful comfort food classics:

Hobbit Harvest Pies (Pumpkin/pecan pie) $2/slice
Lonely Mountain Treasure $2.49
Bilbo’s Berry Smoothy $2.99
Radagast’s Red Velvet Pancake Puppies $1.99
Lone-Lands Campire Cookie Milk Shake $3.69

To go a step further, imagine if Denny’s offered discounts for customers who dined in cosplay?

Also check out pictures from Grubgrade.com (@grubgrade):

The promotion starts November 6, 2012.

Watch The Hobbit in theaters December 14, 2012.

source: Business Insider