Poor Evangeline Lily would however look better without those silly ears, which are simply too big and look just as fake as they are. Better still, artifacting, banding and other significant enemies of the crown are held at bay. This movie had a budget of something like 200 million dollars, over double that of any of the individual movies of the original trilogy. Yet most of his scenes are way too dragged out. Though Beorn remains as aloof and inscrutable as always, his new scenes do allow for a least a measure of levity in what a film that characterized by a significant degree of encroaching darkness.
But each one only appears for a split second and, again, should be laid at Jackson and Lesnie's doorstep, not Warner's. And did the writers really think viewers would be so desperate for a love story that they'd enjoy an Elf and a Dwarf flirting it up? Why not just stay with Gandalf, it would provide more intensity. And, where has Gandalf got off to? The scene in Mirkwood with the crossing of the stream and the white stag! Take a guess who doesn't die in this sequence. Bilbo Baggins Martin Freeman continues his journey with Gandalf the Grey Ian McKellan and a company of thirteen Dwarves on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. There are many more additional bits of footage that largely serve to flesh out the narrative. Perhaps the worst aspect is that these scenes make Smaug look like an unintelligent creature. Then without explanation Beorn is fine with all the dwarfs piled in his house just because he hates orcs more then he hates dwarfs.
Also, Jackson's audience will already know that this is the start of the war with Sauron, and the all-important Dark Lord could not well be ignored. Bofur suggests that they swim across, but Thorin reminds him of Gandalfs warning. There are, of course, numerous other scenes that are lengthened by minutes and sometimes seconds and, while these do not pack the punch of their longer brethren, they do nevertheless give a sense of fullness and roundness to the production that was notably lacking in the theater. Thorin takes aim with his bow. The last 15 minutes of the film is a drawn out action sequence of the Dwarfs and Bilbo battling Smaug inside the Lonely Mountain. Luke Evans plays a solemn but refreshingly fleshed out Bard the Bowman; racked with a smartly concocted mix of roguish nobility, generations-old guilt and quiet resolve.
Jackson and the filmmakers dream up a fresh third act after the Hobbit films became a trilogy; initially out of necessity, eventually out of enthusiasm. Smaug was magnificent and Benedict Cumberbatch did a great job voice acting the dragon, definitely something to witness in a theater. Also, after Legolas has killed his umpteenth orc in yet another physics-breaking and miraculous way, you simply lose interest. But it's not only bad if you've read the book. McKellan is as warmly wizened and lovably crusty a wizard as ever, with a number of visually striking sequences to his name that rather successfully dovetail The Hobbit into The Lord of the Rings. Extra features include film commentary by Peter Jackson and Phillipa Boyens as well as 9 hours of extras. Gandalf remarks that they are being watched.
Like the original version of the film, we open with the rain-soaked village of Bree and a meeting between Gandalf and Thorin. I was fully expecting another fun scene like An Unexpected Party; where Gandalf lures Beorn into letting a company of Dwarfs stay in his house. The Extended Edition release of The Lord of the Rings includes four separate tracks for each film in the trilogy, making Jackson and Boyens' lone Desolation track seem a bit. Gandalf's venture into Dol Guldur was also interesting though that is mainly because Ian McKellen is such a fine actor that he can catch your attention with ease. Dialogue is intelligible, believably grounded in Jackson's Middle-earth, and meticulously prioritized.
In the book the Dwarfs never engage Smaug at all. With Gandalf gone the rest of the company immediately become a bunch of morons who simply get lost in stupidity. I much preferred the 2D experience here and it was easier for me to try to immerse myself in the movie. Beorn is trimmed down to the importance of Celeborn, then we watch a ridiculously long giant spider sequence, then the dwarfs are captured for maybe three hours Middle-Earth time, then we watch an overly long fan-fiction chapter about Azog's friends being killed by our two elf heroes. Thorin interrupts them and tells Gandalf they must leave. You bet, so long as you're willing to accept The Desolation of Smaug on its own terms rather than holding it to the flame of Tolkien's fire. Skintones are perfectly saturated or desaturated, as is typically the case , black levels are satisfying albeit a touch muted in Mirkwood and Erebor , and contrast is spot on, with very little in the way of distractions.
The rear speakers are just as prepared for any challenge Jackson presents. Stephen Fry is, as always, deliciously slimy and evil, but these new scenes also help us realize that he may not be as in charge of his fortunes and his desires as he would like everyone to think. Beorn: Go now while you still have the light. All images in this article are © 2014 Warner Bros. October 21, 2014 at 3:10 am by - Just a gentle reminder that you are now able to download a digital copy of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition from and. Master: You mark my words, that troublemaking bargeman is behind this! Erebor looked quite good in general with its mountains of coins and treasures but the melted gold looked unbelievably bad. There's a 20 minute scene with the Dwarfs running around thinking they can defeat him.
All of this may sound nitpicky but I'm essentially doing this because the movie didn't get me emotionally invested in it in a positive way at all. And that just doesn't work. But atop a mountain of Erebor's pilfered gold, the omnipotent drake is waiting silently, ready to put up a fight for his beloved treasure. To show just how dangerous Smaug could be. The Desolation of Smaug is more concerned with elves sword fighting with orcs on dockside streets, long chase sequences with beautiful if unnecessary special effects, and a film that trades a charming performance by its titular character for what works well with focus groups. No twinkling lanterns, no fires in little glades that go poof when Bilbo or a dwarf tries to approach.