I just wish they'd taken much more liberties with the material and really placed this story into the grittier universe that was established by the original trilogy. Stuff like this tells nothing and adds nothing to the film. Erebor looked quite good in general with its mountains of coins and treasures but the melted gold looked unbelievably bad. I really wonder what the target audience is, because it feels like it's written for 15 year old boys. Gandalf's scenes in Dol Guldur were an interesting addition in concept, but they are just too slow. Where did all that money go? This is understandable; Gandalf would otherwise be completely absent for much of this movie. Now Smaug as a character is awesome, no complaints there.
This movie had a budget of something like 200 million dollars, over double that of any of the individual movies of the original trilogy. There's many examples like this. And what is his secret business to the south? In the end, most problems of the movie seem to stem from the decision to turn the cute Hobbit tale into three epic movies that have to live up to the Lord of the Rings hype. There were also seven stars in Durin's crown, for those of you who can understand the literary allusion. I feel his scenes mostly serve as an attempt to raise The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings' level of epicness. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug.
Technically it is nothing short of brilliant, full of detail that can only be appreciated on the big screen. No twinkling lanterns, no fires in little glades that go poof when Bilbo or a dwarf tries to approach. Next we get to the edge of Mirkwood where Gandalf seems to suddenly discover he needs to go to the south. And, where has Gandalf got off to? In Mirkwood when Bilbo is snapping at the spider web they shouldn't zoom deep into the web with the camera. And remember that heartwarming last scene of An Unexpected Journey, where Thorin finally accepts Bilbo? The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. Sure it's more exciting to watch but it was dearly missing some slower sequences to digest everything.
If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. First of all a small note for Tolkien fans. But where I watched each Lord of the Rings movie 3 times in cinema, watching The Desolation of Smaug just once was enough for me. Entire new subplots are freely created and added to the story. I liked the sequences with the amorphous Sauron. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 Subtitles After successfully crossing over and under the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. Perhaps Peter Jackson thought his cast of Dwarfs wasn't good enough to create an enjoyable movie? This is Jackson's The Hobbit, not Tolkien's, and they are best appreciated as independent works.
This movie had a budget of something like 200 million dollars, over double that of any of the individual movies of the original trilogy. Their scenes feel forced and are painful to watch. There's many examples like this. Perhaps the worst aspect is that these scenes make Smaug look like an unintelligent creature. To top it all off, the ending was cut as Smaug is flying away toward Lake Town.
This round of combat is only after we leave four dwarfs behind because one of them got the Witch-King's knife disease that Frodo got in Fellowship but this time it came from an arrow fired by Bolg who has absolutely nothing better to do since Azog took all his screen time. Yet most of his scenes are way too dragged out. And that just doesn't work. 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. The worst thing here is that the action comes at the cost of character development.
It wasn't all bad or mediocre though. When finished, Jackson's six Middle-earth movies can be profitably watched in sequence of internal chronology. If cats have nine lives, a Jacksonian Dwarf clearly enjoys a three-digit number of lives. There was also some really weird editing here too. Regrettably there were too many things that were wrong with the movie for me to achieve that.
There is no battle, no burning of the city, no Smaug getting shot in the breast by Bard and thus falling into the lake causing it to billow up in a cloud of steam. It is nice to see Legolas again, even if he is not in the book. If the worst decision Director Peter Jackson made was to include Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly, which seems to be the case for the professional praise-givers, this film would be fantastic. I disagree with many of the naysayers who think this shouldn't have been turned into a three part series. The movie tries hard to change the story wherever it can, reducing fan-favorite chapters to 5 minute scenes and writing new content that feels out of place.