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I'm anxious about Smaug...so TELL ME

Simon
Rivendell

Dec 12 2013, 11:49pm

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I'm anxious about Smaug...so TELL ME Can't Post

The ones of have seen the movie, just tell me that Smaug look great and that he is well integrated to the screen the majority of the time!!! I go see the movie in 2 hours...i am anxious! Smile


macfalk
Valinor


Dec 12 2013, 11:51pm

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I can assure you, of all the complaints most of us have with DOS [In reply to] Can't Post

Smaug isn't one of them. Amazing CG and lip-synch.



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Simon
Rivendell

Dec 12 2013, 11:52pm

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Cool...thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

But is he as well integrated as Gollum in the composition of the frame? Or like the trolls was (that i love btw)?


Defiant
Bree

Dec 12 2013, 11:53pm

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Smaug is flawless [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Simon
Rivendell

Dec 12 2013, 11:54pm

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Makes me confident and happy! [In reply to] Can't Post

Smile


Remus
Lorien


Dec 13 2013, 12:03am

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I agree [In reply to] Can't Post

Smaug is amazing. He is legendary. he is stupendous. Smile


I say like Richart Armitage said in a interview. Smaug is a beautiful creature. Not just badass and evil. People being worried about he having only 2 legs and not 4 legs with 2 wings is.... meh. I loved his design.

I wanna see a scene where we see Sauron walking the steps INSIDE of Bara-Dur and taking his seat upon his dark throne and summoning the eye, looking into the camera and then BAM! THE END.


-My thoughts on the best ending scene/post credit scene on TABA.


Rickster
Rohan

Dec 13 2013, 12:22am

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Smaug [In reply to] Can't Post

He is fun. He is in the movie for 20 minutes. Than he flies away.
I must say, he was not the main figure for me in this movie.
I love the Bear-man, I love Bilbo and of course Gandalf.
I am impressed by the Elf-king as he has something with his face... that is spectecular.
The lord of lake town is good
and the grey, old, wise Dwarf
Thorin has a less impressive role this time, but that is of course due to the nature of the story.
The movie clearly is not about Smaug himself, but about the Desolation he created... ad does Sauron.
Watch the Bear-man though ! I am sure that in the extended CD/DVD/Blue ray version we will see much more of him and Bilbo. As now there is a clear cut after Bilbo wakes up and the Bear man comes home.


RosieLass
Valinor


Dec 13 2013, 12:34am

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That's my thought, too. [In reply to] Can't Post

I haven't seen it yet (tomorrow!!) but from what I'm reading and hearing, Smaug is one of the things they got very, very right.

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Godzillagon the Black
The Shire


Dec 13 2013, 1:21am

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Smaug looks just fine, but... [In reply to] Can't Post

Smaug indeed looks great, regardless of his bat-wings/front legs. It's what Smaug ended up doing after his initial conversation with Bilblo that didn't work for me. A crazy dwarf-chase through the tunnels, with Smaug suddenly not able to smell when the dwarves were hiding from him, a ridiculous scene of Thorin falling and balancing on Smaug's nose, and the final "revenge" of the dwarves on Smaug before he leaves the mountain only served to ridicule Smaug himself, and it made him much less awesome in the end.


SGH9564
The Shire

Dec 13 2013, 1:26am

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A quick question [In reply to] Can't Post

Does Smaug have any form of "eyebeams" or acute seeing in this movie? That was always something I loved in the Rankin Bass production.


Godzillagon the Black
The Shire


Dec 13 2013, 1:35am

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No eyebeams [In reply to] Can't Post


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Does Smaug have any form of "eyebeams" or acute seeing in this movie? That was always something I loved in the Rankin Bass production.


No eyebeams, but his eyes do look really cool, and you get the sense that he's pretty much able to tell where Bilbo is even when he's wearing the Ring.

Speaking of the Rankin-Bass Smaug, I still think that Smaug's boasting monologue ("...My teeth are like knives, my claws - spears!...") in that cartoon is better than the one we get in this new movie. I was expecting so much from that scene, and it was cool, but in the movie it just kind of rolls into the general loud conversation Smaug is having with Bilbo.
That speech just didn't have the same "oomph" as it did in the cartoon, believe it or not.


(This post was edited by Godzillagon the Black on Dec 13 2013, 1:36am)


StoneHex104
Rivendell

Dec 13 2013, 1:44am

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He is really great as the old threads say HAHA [In reply to] Can't Post

Surely, I can assure you that his magnificence will not dissapoint you, he is flawless both physically and verbally, a real masterpiece.


Ffnir
Rohan


Dec 13 2013, 3:36am

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He's the reason I can say I really liked the movie [In reply to] Can't Post

Great design and great acting, great monster and great character... I was expecting a LOT, and yet he's in no way a disapointment.


peterLF
Rivendell

Dec 13 2013, 7:49am

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+1 [In reply to] Can't Post


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Smaug indeed looks great, regardless of his bat-wings/front legs. It's what
Smaug ended up doing after his initial conversation with Bilblo that didn't work for me. A crazy dwarf-chase
through the tunnels, with Smaug suddenly not able to smell when the
dwarves were hiding from him, a ridiculous scene of Thorin falling and balancing on Smaug's nose,
and the final "revenge" of the dwarves on Smaug before he leaves the
mountain only served to ridicule Smaug himself, and it made him much
less awesome in the end.


I agree 100% - had they left Smaug with Bilbo as the principal Smaug scene, it would have been truly awesome. But a dragon not able to deal with a few silly dwarves is a stretch a little too far. They're basically playing Home Alone with Smaug as Harry and Marv. It's stupid, and brings nothing to the table. I might have left it alone had it not been for that ridiculous golden statue at the end - but I guess, even in error PJ won't be outgunned.

For every second after the Bilbo scene, the feeling of danger you get from Smaug declines rapidly. Reduces him to almost nothing. And knowing that he pretty much just flies to Lake town and gets impaled by Bard is such a very humiliating end for something that was supposed to be scary.

Even the camera angles made him look small. I get that Erebor is huge - but at least show him from angles that make him look formidable - not puny.


Elskidor
Rohan


Dec 13 2013, 9:51am

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Just got back from seeing it [In reply to] Can't Post

and I loved him. Gonna go back this weekend if I can to watch the 2d version.

 
 

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