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jjk2814 - 12/16/2012, 6:49 PM
I was pleasantly surprised. My only problem was the storm giants sequence it was out of place, spectacle for the sake of spectacle, and completely inconsequential. And yes, I understand that Tolkien intended it to be an embellishment on Bilbo's part as the "writer" its place in the movie ground it to a halt.

BUT I loved the movie.
Super12 - 12/16/2012, 8:19 PM
^ok first, how bout you try some Old Toby and see if that helps settle you down a little...geez

Second, very very little is written about Radagast (trust me I've read all of LOTR & appendices, hobbit, Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and Children of Hurin), and from what is written it can be assumed he is a little off his rocker. The filmmaker's then have the artistic license to decide how they want to interpret that.

Third, J.R.R. Tolkein would be incredibly humbled to see this kind of effort put into his works. He wanted a movie for it but was worried about the ability to technologically make it happen. Now we can, and PJ & co. are doing an amazing job of it. Not perfect, but amazing.

My personal opinion is that the first hour to 1 1/2 hours were near perfect. I loved every minute. Then I agree with jjk2814 it went South once the stone giants came in, which served no real purpose but to show off PJ's new 3D cameras. The Goblin King was a joke, and their escape had no emotion, it was just a visual heyday.

That being said, it was otherwise an incredible return to Middle Earth and they were so true to the book in so many other ways it was astounding. Good stuff. Can't wait for next year cause like LOTR its just gonna get better.
Caveboy0 - 12/16/2012, 8:26 PM
I don't really get all the hubbub about the stone giants. its a fantasy world what do you expect.
flannelmandude - 12/16/2012, 8:30 PM
Great stuff! I definitely want to see it again! I read all of the books as well, and altho not everything in the movie is how I pictured them to look, it doesn't matter, the film is magnificant! Just go and see it for yourself. Not everyone likes every movie out there so just settle down people, no need to explode.
Maximus101 - 12/16/2012, 8:51 PM
It was ok but nothing special in my eyes, there was a few really good scenes but didn't make up or the hour and a half of boringness..
BatmanBlueLantern - 12/16/2012, 8:59 PM
Loved it. Amazing film.
Draganmac - 12/16/2012, 10:01 PM
The return to Middle Earth was most inviting, flawless and seamless as if I never left.
Morbius - 12/16/2012, 11:22 PM
I loved it!!!!!!! My only complaints are I think some scenes were overly long and could have been cut down and were only there to make the film longer, also It kinda felt like a LOTR movie which it is but the book is its own thing and I wanted the movie to be its own too.
Bucht - 12/16/2012, 11:31 PM
@Super12 The stone giants are only in it so Thorin and his group would hide in the cave. Though in the book, they didn't fight each other.

"When he peeped out in the lightning-flashes, he saw that across the valley the stone-giants were out and were hurling rocks at one another for a game, and catching them, and tossing them down into the darkness where they smashed among the trees far below, or splintered into little bits with a bang."
loveturnmills - 12/17/2012, 12:32 AM
@fettastic I totally agree. I sat through the movie in amazement with what I was seeing. HFR 3D looks incredible. Never saw anything on a screen that had looked so incredible in my life! Anyone who says it's a distraction, it looks silly or whatever is, in the politest manner, an IDIOT.

As for the movie... Best movie of the year. Can't wait for part 2. Also the Howard Shore soundtrack is incredible as always.
cmax - 12/17/2012, 1:33 AM
My only complaint is that I've got to wait a year to see more!
cwb77 - 12/17/2012, 2:03 AM
Thought it was very good. But it was EXACTLY like the LOTR movies. Wouldn't have minded a new director.
KAPOW - 12/17/2012, 2:54 AM
It was a brilliant return to middle earth, it was a lot more light harted than lotr but the source material is a childrens book. it was perfect in my eyes and i will be seeing it again and again, well done PJ!
beane2099 - 12/17/2012, 6:43 AM
If Peter Jackson did nothing but transalte all of Tolkein's work into cinema, I would be a happy man. This was excellent.
scruffylookingnerfherder - 12/17/2012, 8:01 AM
I felt like there was a lot of forced comedy. It also bothered me that there were pauses for laughter during the scenes with Gollum.
Otisburg - 12/17/2012, 8:06 AM
i'll be happy when this damn boring trilogy or series is over with.

ElApe - 12/17/2012, 8:22 AM
Enjoyed it, can't believe it was over 2 and a half hours long, it zipped by. There was something wrong with the way it was shot though, I don't know if it was this 48fps issue or not. I'd like to see it again in 2D.
rocky - 12/17/2012, 9:35 AM
Great film.
And the HFR 3D is just amazing. I hope we see more of this format
123Avengers123 - 12/17/2012, 1:25 PM
One of the best movies that I ever seen!
djjoshuacarl - 12/17/2012, 4:14 PM
I was happy, but not blown away.
Like many people who grew up on the books, and the cartoons you kinda watch with a constant comparison chart going on in the back of your head.
which sometimes can kinda spoil some great scenes.

I do agree about the "that'll do it" line though.
it was funny, but awkward...very disney.

taking some license with character building is ok in my book, i dont mind a lil changing things up.
If i wanted the actual book to be the screenplay/script, id just read it again and enjoy seeing it the same way Ive seen it everytime before.
this is like giving someone else the book, and being able to see what plays out in their mind when they read it.... we've all read a book and said "wow, itd be pretty badass if this guy did this instead"

I just HATE waiting the year!
but Ill take that over a movie with missing scenes.
Im just hoping Smaug & Necromancer will be as mind blowing on the screen as they were on the page
(it looks like he is saving Smaug for a massive reveal)
KeithM - 12/17/2012, 6:03 PM
Loved it. Like some of the others above have said, the HFR was a revelation - took a little getting used to at first, but thought it looked absolutely stunning once I did. It wasn't too long - I liked the fact that they took their time getting going - was never bored, and was with it every step of the way.

[frick] the haters and miserable bastards who went in determined not to like it (looking at you bropous - what a nobhead - if you hated LotR so much, then you clearly weren't going to like this no matter what and the fact that you 'walked out' barely into the film just makes you a first class sucker for buying a ticket in the first place. In fact, why did you see any of them beyond the first if you hate them so much? Because you're a complete and total moron who suffers through films you hate just so you can bitch about them presumably... at least if went in being a fan of the LotR films but didn't like this that would make a kind of sense, but you must like bitching something awful if you put yourself through it knowing ahead of time you'd hate it. But it's your misery and you must enjoy the feeling I suppose) - I loved it and can't wait for part 2.
KeithM - 12/17/2012, 6:36 PM
@Otisburg: I very much doubt it. I mean if you really think that your life will suddenly become happier when a series of films you don't like or care about have finished - if just by their existence they make you unhappy - then I imagine being unhappy is going to pretty much be your life, period.

If they bore you then why does it matter to you at all? In fact, why does it even register with you? Don't watch them then. It's that simple. Don't look for reasons to be unhappy - unless, like bropous above, you get some perverse pleasure out of misery.

I don't like lots of things, but that doesn't mean I want to take them away from the people that do (not even musicals). People who are like that must be absolutely life-suckingly dreadful to be around.


dezdigi - 12/24/2012, 5:51 PM
Loved the movie. I saw it in a small theatre, so no extra visuals. I can't wait to see the next one. I was actually not expecting much so it blew me away!

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