My review of this movie has been a bit overdue. I saw it the day it came out and have just neglected posting a review of it until today.
To begin with, I love Peter Jackson and his work in adapting Tolkien’s novels to the big screen. Lord of the Rings was an amazing trilogy, it wasn’t without its flaws but, the movies were done extremely well and I don’t think they could ever be done better.
Was this movie better than the first one? Absolutely, however I quite enjoyed the first one, it set the stage for everything to follow. However, I could rant about the fans who annoy me, but not today. Maybe some other day…tomorrow.
Yes, the movie was better than last year’s An Unexpected Journey. There was so much more action, and there was always something going on. Laketown was probably the most boring part of the movie, but it was necessary to the story. You can’t always be hacking and slashing your way through orcs. Laketown, however slow it made the movie feel was an extremely necessary part of the movie as it also has significance in the next movie. *wink*
There were inclusions of things that were not in the book (however, added masterfully to add to the story and stuck true to the premise of the novel). You had Legolas included, and a little bit of a love interest going on with previously nonexistent character Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly. Like any story, there has to be a love story involved. Other than have hit handed to him like the LOTR novels did, Peter Jackson had to create one out of thin air. I think the addition of Tauriel was actually an enjoyable one, and if you see the movie, I think you’ll enjoy her presence too.
Like last year’s first installment of the series, the acting was simply superb. There was one acting problem I did have a problem with. I want to like Lee Pace as Thranduil, I really do. But I felt that his acting during the dwarves time in Mirkwood was overdone. I felt this his movements were a bit overly dramatic and they didn’t feel natural to me. Other than that, I have no problems with Lee Pace as an actor, he was picked for Thranduil for a reason.
Ken Stott as Balin is just amazing. I’m not the only one that will tell you that either. Many critics and fans are really proud of Stott’s portrayal of the wise Balin. He also rocks that beard.
Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen are both amazing actors. Hard to believe that he was that guy in Love Actually making a dirty movie. Oh how far he’s come. Having film veteran McKellen come back to reprise his role as Gandalf was very important to me.
But onward! To what really matters! The movie as a whole! The graphics with Smaug made me want to cry with tears of joy!
Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice was amazing. No one could do it better. The movie’s progression was much better than the first. And the cliffhanger at the end… wow!
All in all, blows last year’s movie right out of the water. However, sales this year are not booming. Why? Last year’s film. But I encourage you to see this movie by any means! Whether you like the first one or not, this movie is not only a redeemer, but it’s simply just a wonderful movie. The journey has just gotten to its “holy shit” phase.
Out of 10, this baby gets a 9.5.