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So what were your movie highlights?

Ataahua
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Dec 13 2013, 9:21am

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The close-ups of Smaug blew me away - what a magnificent creation the dragon is. Near the end, when Smaug was taking a close look at the golden statue, the look of wonder on his face was breath-taking.

Lee Pace! Thranduil was more glorious than I had expected, especially his physical movements. I think everyone in the theatre held their breath when he did that little turn to go *right* into Thorin's face.

Legolas's fight scenes were fun and fast and hugely enjoyable to watch. I admit that a big reason for me to see DOS a second time is to get more detail from his fights.

So, what did you particularly enjoy?

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Escapist
Gondor


Dec 13 2013, 9:23am

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I feel like I would have liked to have seen a little (or a lot) more of everything.

Everything.

All the things.

And I'm tired ...


unexpectedvisitor
Rohan

Dec 13 2013, 9:29am

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these three setpieces knocked the ball way, way out of the park for me. unfortunately, Smaug ran an extra lap around the bases to show off, but no biggie since he sorta earned it.

Dol Guldur was also cool. liked a lot of other things, especially the effects of the Ring on Bilbo and--WHAT?!--the last conversation between Tauriel and Kili...but the three things in my subject line were my highlights.


marcuspaine
Bree

Dec 13 2013, 9:30am

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Smaug's wonder-struck expression at the statue blew me away... [In reply to] Can't Post

Some of the most incredible CGI I've ever seen.


Elskidor
Rohan


Dec 13 2013, 9:40am

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I like the pacing of the theatrical as well. Very well done! I'm very much looking for to the EE to help flesh out things a bit, but for a theatrical version it's about perfect.

I like nearly every bit of it, save Dwarf head hopping, and Lake Town really wasn't my favorite section either, but not done bad at all.

Oh, and Dol Guldur and Gandalf..dang, I wanted more of this! Too many great parts, and I'm very tired. I loved it!


tsmith675
Gondor


Dec 13 2013, 9:47am

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I really loved it, not going to lie.

Some of my highlights were:

-Smaug, Smaug and everything/anything Smaug
-"I am... Death"
-The little bit of Beorn we got to see
-The amazing, I repeat amazing, improvements on Azog's CGI
-The Barrels, best action scene I've ever seen
-Bombur's shining moment
-Spiders
-Laketown
-Sauron's reveal, chills (and I didn't think I'd like it to be honest)
-Bolg and Legolas' pretty brutal fight
-Thranduil
-Bilbo realizing he just went crazy on that weird crab-looking thing

These all come to mind. Plenty more I loved, but can't quite remember evrerything. There are few things I disliked about it. Overall, I had a blast with this film, and unlike last year with AUJ, the more I think about DoS, the more I absolutely love it. Cant wait for the EE and TaBA!

"Seriously, why was the scene with CGI dwarf ass NOT in the theatrical cut?!"


acigos00
The Shire


Dec 13 2013, 9:53am

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzU1BEdinRc

:D
A cool massage from Ian Mckellen


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Eruwestial37
Rohan

Dec 13 2013, 9:56am

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I saw it right after AUJ so if I'm seeming to be tired, yup, I am.

NOTHING disappointed me. Not any of the acting, lines, scenery, CGI, story line.

Favorite parts were any with Legolas (sue me!), Smaug searching for Bilbo and then the Dwarves. Smaug talking. Smaug gazing in awe at the statue. SMAUG FLYING!
Gandalf reluctantly going to Dol Guldur rather than meet the Dwarves at Erebor. He looked in pain making that decision.
Beorn both as bear and 'man'. Very impressive yet not overused. They put such work into his appearance and house that they could have been forgiven if they shot more of it.
MIRKWOOD! ELVEN KING'S HALLS. Sorry for shouting, but those really blew me away. I had been looking forward to them for a long time and they were even better than I expected.
Legolas and Tauriel's friendship. Tauriel's willingness to break the rules as well as Legolas' decision to follow her.
Legolas fighting.

Only thing I didn't like was the end. I could have watched another 3 hours.

THANK YOU PETER JACKSON!


Ataahua
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Dec 13 2013, 9:58am

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-Bombur's shining moment


That got a big laugh in the theatre! Laugh

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Elskidor
Rohan


Dec 13 2013, 10:00am

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PJ thinks it's the best of 5? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll needa see the EE and let DoS soak in before making a claim like that, because with it being very new and fresh on my mind I'm bias toward it.


unexpectedvisitor
Rohan

Dec 13 2013, 10:11am

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wow, i need to see it again [In reply to] Can't Post

just reading about our highlights is making me itch to see it again. this film is so insanely detailed, it is a lot to take in. AUJ had more of a clarity about it, which was cool, but this one just feels so ALIVE, especially in the action sequences and how clearly inspired the team was in bringing some of these new locales to life.


Roheryn
Grey Havens

Dec 13 2013, 10:15am

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was the confrontation between Gandalf and the Necromancer. It's just spine-tingling, seeing Gandalf using his full Wizardly powers (he's not just a funny old grey man!) against a being just as powerful (ok, maybe a bit more so). I wish Gandalf had a line as good as "You Shall Not Pass!!!" here, but it's fine as is. I love this scene.

I love the tenderness Thorin shows towards Kili, when he tells Kili to stay in Laketown and get healed. And how Fili refuses to do what Thorin says is his duty, but chooses to stay with his brother instead. We finally get to hear them (ok, Fili) call Thorin "Uncle". And then Thorin doesn't pull rank and order Fili to go with the Company; he lets Fili stay. Thorin's being a good Uncle there, rather than a stone-cold Leader, and I love seeing that side of him.

Thranduil going nose-to-nose with Thorin is a huge highlight, as I mentioned elsewhere. I could watch *that* scene over and over and over again.

I really loved seeing Legolas in full bada** Elvish princeling fight mode again. I'm so glad he's in this movie!

LOVED Thorin's proud stance in front of the Master of Laketown, as he declares "We are the Dwarves of Erebor!" Spine-tingling. Probably my favourite Thorin-moment, at least right now. And the snow falling in that scene just totally fits. So atmospheric. Love that scene!

I love Bilbo realizing the flaw in his plan, after he's let all the barrels drop into the river via the trapdoor! Martin Freeman just nails that scene. Too funny.

I know there's more, but that's what comes to mind first right now. I could probably add that any scene with Thorin, Legolas, and/or Thranduil is pretty much a highlight. Doesn't really matter what they're doing, because I could watch all three of them watching paint dry all day long. Especially if Thranduil has artfully draped himself on his antler throne.


Roheryn
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Dec 13 2013, 10:25am

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A cool massage from Ian Mckellen

Well, these have been known in the past as the "Massage Boards", so I guess that's fitting! Tongue


Elskidor
Rohan


Dec 13 2013, 10:30am

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was the confrontation between Gandalf and the Necromancer. It's just spine-tingling, seeing Gandalf using his full Wizardly powers (he's not just a funny old grey man!) against a being just as powerful (ok, maybe a bit more so). I wish Gandalf had a line as good as "You Shall Not Pass!!!" here, but it's fine as is. I love this scene..



NecromancerRising
Gondor

Dec 13 2013, 10:38am

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1)Gandalf vs Necromancer.The absolute highlight,spine chilling sequence of that film
2)Thrandul/Thorin
3)Smaug and Bilbo


Ruijor
Rohan


Dec 13 2013, 11:02am

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- Smaug the Magnificent. Now there´s a Dragon for the ages! That last shot heading to Lake Town after saying "I am...Death" is pure gold

- The entire Mirwood sequence when they lost their way until the fithing of the spiders and specially that scene when we see the Ring taking over Bilbo

- The classy King Thranduil. Tha scene when he cuts the orc´s head and the speech he delivers, so cool

- The all Dol Guldur face off between Gandalf and Sauron, when we see that silhouette from First Age incarnation. Simbolic and foreshadowing what´s coming

- When Legolas asks Gloin while looking at a portrait of Gimli: "And who is this ugly creature?" Priceless


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Rickster
Rohan

Dec 13 2013, 11:49am

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don't forget the running dwarfs, with the fattest of them all running past them .... grin
That made the Dutch audiance laugh hard..
The Beorn Bear Man is fantastic. - fun though that his house (he must have made it) is still too low for him)
The face of Thranduil
After this weekend I will see it again on wednessday for a second time after watching the EE version of movie one on Tuesday


L. Ron Halfelven
Grey Havens


Dec 13 2013, 3:55pm

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Though I must say I share the Master's misgivings about the idea of elections, at least until the Lake-towners manage to cure themselves of their habit of agreeing with whomever spoke last.



What business does a dwarf, a dwarf, a dwarf, a dwarf, a dwarf, a dwarf, a dwarf, a dwarf, a dwarf, a dwarf, a dwarf, a dwarf, a dwarf, and a hobbit have in the Rivenmark?


Runk Snusgrop
Rivendell


Dec 13 2013, 6:25pm

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Barrel chase (BOMBUR!!!!).

Thorin and Balin entering Erebor (yeah, I choked up right along with them).

Stephen Fry rules the land.

Smaug... omfg Smaug. Benghazi Cabbagepatch was spectacular.

The whole Dol Guldur sequence was brilliant - Sauron as a black swirling smoke thingy looked amazing. And as I stated in my thread - the re-use of the Minas Morgul theme from ROTK really put the button on it.

Martin Freeman also rules the land.

Nice detail that Bilbo could understand the spiders once he put the ring on

The Tudor design of Lake Town.

Orcs looked great.

Tauriel was a complete success. I even liked Legolas, which I didn't think I would.

Film overall looks way better than AUJ. Less colorful and fairytale-ish, more reminiscent of the look of LOTR.

The fact that it had been so long since I read the book that I didn't know what was faithful and what had been changed.

Beorn looked cool (both as a man and as a bear) but his sequence was so short that it's impressive it's even in the film. If he didn't play an important part in the third film, he would've gone the way of Bombadill.



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Runk Snusgrop
Rivendell


Dec 13 2013, 6:44pm

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One more thing:

I really REALLY liked how both elves and orcs spoke their own language for large chunks of the film, compared to LOTR.

In fact, the orcs NEVER spoke English, as far I can recall.

That's awesome.



Ham_Sammy
Tol Eressea

Dec 13 2013, 6:47pm

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Bilbo. Loved Freeman's acting and his style especially with Smaug and also when he realizes he left himself out of the barrel situation.

Smaug. Awesome job. Best dragon ever. Loved the voice and Cumberbatch's MoCap. Excellent job.

Thranduil and Bard. I thought these two were very well done. I enjoyed both and thought both really deepened their characters in the story.

Spiders. Huge improvement over Shelob IMO. Much scarrier. Great design on those and they were the rightg size. Loved hearing them talk when Bilbo had the ring on that was a fantastic addition.

Thank you for your questions, now go sod off and do something useful - Martin Freeman Twitter chat 3/1/13


willowing
Lorien

Dec 13 2013, 7:49pm

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The huge bumble bees flying over Bilbo and the animals in the stall. Magical Cool


adu
Bree

Dec 15 2013, 2:54am

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about the Legolas fight scenes...they were very impressive but very quick, the movie would be worth re-watching just for those...also for Freeman's amazing acting as Bilbo....and everything with Smaug....the magnificent.

 
 

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