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Spoilers.... Deaths in The Desolation of Smaug
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Nov 29 2013, 2:45pm

Post #26 of 30 (109 views)
Totally agreed. [In reply to] Can't Post

DoS's ending is in jeopardy of feeling very unsatisfactory and the audience a bit cheated if there is no climax other than Smaug vs Dwarves and Gandalf escaping.

ďAll good stories deserve embellishment."

Praise is subjective. And so is criticism.

"I am afraid it is only too likely to be true what you say about the critics and the public. I am dreading the publication for it will be impossible not to mind what is said. I have exposed my heart to be shot at."


Nov 29 2013, 3:20pm

Post #27 of 30 (110 views)
I keep thinking of the end of the last-but-one Harry Potter film... [In reply to] Can't Post

It was good - I thought - and then all of a sudden it was over, but there was no sense of an ending. I remember thinking 'oh, is that it?'. Of course I knew there was another part to come, but it still had a curiously unresolved feeling. It was empty - we'd sat through all that and got nowhere.

I said that once on here and someone replied that it was meant to feel like that, but if that's the case, I think it was a mistake. For me, Peter Jackson and co have shown a much sharper understanding of how to end a film when the story isn't really over. They give you resolution and a sense of closure, with a final hint of what's to come. That's the formula and I don't expect them to break with it now.

Tol Eressea

Nov 29 2013, 4:20pm

Post #28 of 30 (103 views)
I think they did well with the sense of closure to end each film, up until AUJ... [In reply to] Can't Post

I felt it was a let-down that Azog survived, and that his third-tier "revenge" sub-plot was not resolved in any way.


Nov 29 2013, 5:59pm

Post #29 of 30 (83 views)
Good points, but.. [In reply to] Can't Post

It could also be unsatisfactory to have the big reveal of Smaug...only to kill him off moments later. It could go either way.


Nov 30 2013, 1:55pm

Post #30 of 30 (75 views)
Thorin's *spoilers* [In reply to] Can't Post

 death > all other deaths in Middle-earth.

When it comes to emotional impact on the viewer, or so I hope at least.

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.

(This post was edited by entmaiden on Nov 30 2013, 11:34pm)

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