May 8 2016, 2:25pm
Peeve #1 - totally reject your logic here. Exactly what "tactical advantage" did Thorin have? They'd been hammering away at these three trolls for several minutes, and hadn't even made a DENT in any of them, and then one of their own is captured. And you answered your own question when you acknowledged that your "solution" would have changed the book, so why even go there?
Peeve #2 - NOBODY ran up a burning tree, what are you talking about? And again, that was in the book. But, at some point Fili & Kili defended their Uncle "with shield & body," also in the book, so that scene was moved to the first movie (talk to PJ about it). As for the ending, yeah 13 Dwarves wouldn't have made a physical or tactical difference to the final battle, so it was more motivational that the Dwarves were fighting for their King. Yeah, that line about "no more than 100" was pretty dumb, something closer to 20 would have been better, but that also has no bearing on the scene where they run up the trees to escape the Orcs & wargs.
Peeve #3 - To me this isn't even a big enough deal to care about; can't believe it ruined the movie for you.
Peeve #4 - The infamous subplot. I could have done without the romantic triangle myself, but I don't think excluding it would have changed Legolas in any way. The way he threatened Thorin in Mirkwood, "Do not think I won't kill you, Dwarf, it would be my pleasure," was so vastly different from the Legolas in FoTR who merely thought the Dwarves were annoying is what destroyed his character, along with some OTT stunts. And I think if Tauriel died during BOTFA, that would have given Legolas LESS, not more reason to dislike the Dwarves. So no, I don't think killing her off would have been a good move. OTOH, her last line with Thranduil, and his reply, yeah, BLECK!
Peeve #5 - Where did you get the idea that everyone trusted Alfrid? NOBODY did. I don't think even Bard trusted him, but he seemed to be willing to give Alfrid the benefit of the doubt. Foolish, yes, but also part of Bard's character.
Peeve #6 - Your assumptions are all wrong. Fili told Bard to take his children out of town, and Bard replied, "where will we go?" I mean really, have you seen Smaug? No, they didn't have much chance to get away from a dragon the size of two 747 jets. And the kids couldn't have "talked Bard into staying because he was the town's only hope," as you put it, because they didn't know about the black arrow until he showed it to them. But the children's leaving without him was implied in his conversation with Bain - "Why didn't you leave? You were supposed to leave!" A bit contradictory for sure, but yeah, the kids were supposed to leave.
Peeve #7 - Totally wrong, IMO. Everything you said here. Now of course, you and I are probably not going to agree on everything, and that's fine. One man's bore-fest is another man's (or woman's, in my case) exciting and fun visual treat. In fact, I think I'm going to go watch it again. I'm personally very glad that there were three movies. Yep, very glad!
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