So here I will be ranting about The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug movie.
If you have yet to see and and don't want it to be spoiled, you won't want to read this. If you don't mind that much, be my guest and I will try to be somewhat discreet.
But just in case.... SPOILER ALERT.
Alright, you had your warning so here we go.
I, being a book worm, was comparing the movie to the masterful book as I usually do with these sorts of things. Thus, I really detested this sequel. Soo much was wrong... I don't even know where to start...
The overall pacing of the movie was horrid.
The movie was titled "The Desolation of Smaug," so I expected it to be primarily about Smaug and the fight with him yadda yadda but no. They didn't get to the Lonely mountain until about halfway through the movie... maybe even later. The movie ends with Smaug flying to the lake town, they never even got to the fighting yet. All the important scenes were rushed and all the boring crap drawn out. All the conflict was rushed. Some examples: the fight with the spiders only lasted a few moments, the dwarves were locked up for a very small amount of time--Bilbo knows exactly what to do, the hunt for the keyhole to the secret door and everything else really. They spend the whole movie leading up to this, get to the door and give up in like.... a minuet or so. Then the burgaler saves the day. So much time was wasted on added things that never happened in the book and didn't work out so well either.
Added crap... EVERYWHERE.
While I actually did enjoy most of the added back story of Gandalf and the Necromancer, which is not explained in the book, the rest was just.... ridiculous. The fight during the barrel transportation was pretty cool and I liked, but a certain dwarf goes a little overboard in the scene and gets a little OP. Tauriel was a fantastically epic female character, but she was only added in for her romantic usage for two characters (only one actually being in the book). One of the two parings made sense, but the other was a crack pairing only a crazy shipper would invent. This second romance is a "love at first sight" deal where Tauriel straight up falls head over heels for him and then chases him down to heal him of a Morgul wound... If you have seen the Lord of the Rings movies, you would know that this is some serious business and can't just be healed in just a few seconds by just any warrior elf. Plus, during the healing session, did they really need to make her go all sparkly-shiny?
Poor effects are poor.
Don't get me wrong, Smaug was done beautifully and the scenery was fantastic as usual, but the random tidbits were a little much sometime. As mentioned above, as Tauriel was healing her love interest #2, she goes all shine mode similar to how Arwin does in Fellowship. This... Just sorta bugged me... It might just be because the whole romance really irked me, but yeah... Moving on. So in the books, Smaug is golden but in the movies, he is red. How did they try to fix this for fanservice? They dipped him in molten gold (not even logically) and he was like that for a few seconds. Nope. Also, during a dramatic scene where they wanted to reveal who the Necromancer was gonna become, they did this trippy vortex thing that, at first was cool but, after the 5th round or so of it got old fast and hurt to look at. And don't get me started on the scene in the forest... Just... it looked like an acid trip more than that they were lost.
I just am so disappointed... I was hopeful since the first one had turned out pretty well, but yup. With the amount of time they wasted in this movie, I really don't see how everything that is left can be smooshed into a final movie (even if it is 3 hours long) in a tasteful way that doesn't seem rushed. There was more, but like I said, I didn't want to reveal everything or to have a 10 page journal.
Anywho.... I should have art for yall to feast upon soon enough.
Listening to: Journey and the Beatles
Reading: The Book Thief (again)
Watching: Friend Request Pending
Playing: Lego LoTR
Eating: Cinnamon Rolls