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Dec 16 2013, 1:15am

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Quick thoughts (spoilers of course)

1. I liked how things are starting to tie together and set the stage for the bigger picture of LOTR and the coming darkness.

2. Beorne was great - wish he was in it more. But I think I'll get that wish in the next one...

3. Didn't have an issue with the added depth of the elves' involvement. Thought Legolas and Tauriel's entrance was bad*** (as it should be). Also was diggin' Bilbo's visible anger during the spider attack when that thing came between he and the ring in Mirkwood. Foreshadowing, anyone? Thranduil was perfectly arrogant and the scenery was stunning.

4. The so-called "romance" between Kili and Tauriel has definitely been blown out of proportion by folks. I saw it as a dwarf's infatuation with the beauty of an elf much like Gimli was towards Galadriel. Tauriel's actions seemed more of curiosity and nurturing more than anything else. It's quite obvious she's got it for Legolas and vice versa. But Thranduil won't let that happen, now will he. So what the heck, Kili peaked her interest. She healed him like Arwen healed Frodo showing that elves do care. She's cares more for the outside world than most of her woodland realm kind. I think people are getting carried away with this.

5. Barrel ride was fantastic. Those dwarves were bounced all over the map! Again, elves and dwarves just slaughtered the orcs and I loved it. Head's flying, arrows piercing. That one double kill arrow by Legolas was fantastic.

6. Laketown chase - interesting. Didn't mind it but thought...hmm... elves in Laketown...necessary evil I guess. But again, the action was so darn good I looked past it. Bolg would've gotten his head handed to him by Legolas had it not been for his little henchmen coming out of the woodwork at the last minute.

7. Bilbo was what I had expected - perfect. I really liked the parallelism portrayed between Biblo and Frodo and the cleverness in finding the door. Like Frodo at the door of Moria, it took a Hobbit to find the clue to open the door to Erebor. I enjoy parallelisms.

8. Smaug's rendering was unbelievable. I agree, whoever tries to create another on-screen dragon - good luck. Malice, hubris, greed, power, all captured superbly.

9. Dol Guldur was different. I enjoyed Gandalf's excursion there. I wanted him to slap Azog around a bit because I can't stand that character. However, I thought it was pieced together well to set the stage as mentioned earlier. The Necromancer's appearance was ok. Just a big black wall of smoke and a fiery silhouette of what we know as Sauron. Nice but not overall mind blowing.

10. Thorin and co. - the dwarves...I think my favorite part was when they were getting out of the barrels and they all looked like a huge mess. Those are the dwarves I remember. Not groomed and braided but haggard and grungy. Don't know why, I just always pictured them like this during the story. And when they finally opened the door to Erebor, the emotion of being back home poured out of the screen. Balin's face said it all.

There's so much more to discuss but I have to get finishing a paper for tomorrow. I will say that I'm a huge fan of the books and understand that screen adaptations are necessary to make sense of intertwining stories and themes. I have thoroughly enjoyed Jackson and team's interpretations thus far and trust the judgement. I loved this movie and am totally am looking forward to next year's TABA.


(This post was edited by bowencm on Dec 16 2013, 1:18am)

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