Peter Jackson's 'Desolation of Smaug' improves on last year's 'Unexpected Journey'

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  • HardRains Draper, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    Hollywood executives are clueless.
    Jackson had a difficult time funding Lord of the Rings and had to fight to get three movies.
    With The Hobbit, the clueless executives forced him to make three because they now realize it's a license to print money.
    So instead of getting a brisk two movie adaption, we get 3 overly long movies with unnecessary filler.
    Normally, I wouldn't care, but the first movie was extremely dull. Although the parts from the book were great.
    On the bright side, this one is only 2 hours 20 minutes. A full half hour shorter.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    The first Hobbit film had a lot of moments that totally destroyed the suspension of disbelief for me. Especially in the tremendously drawn-out and implausible fight scenes.

    Peter Jackson, repeat after me:

    Ye cannae change the laws o' physics, laws o' physics, laws o' physics;
    Ye cannae change the laws o' physics, laws o' physics, cap'n.

    I'll still watch the second installment. But I'm now looking forward to the hope that there will be a condensed fan edit that turns this into the single movie it should have been.

  • GW Lindon, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    "Overall, “The Desolation of Smaug” is better than last year’s somewhat sluggish “An Unexpected Journey,”

    It wouldn't take much to surpass the first movie. My whole family was really looking forward to "The Hobbit" last year. I don't remember a movie where I watched the clock more than I did that night. Wait a second, yes I do: Peter Jackson's "King Kong."

  • RDLV Costa Rica, 00
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Pipes -
    There may be a difference of opinion as to the meaning of "storyline". I believe the article did mention there were changes to Tolkien's books.
    We all have different tastes and interpretations to books and their movie adaptations. Mr Jackson has given us his and you are free to express yours. Millions have enjoyed his interpretations and many may in fact agree with you. Whether Tolkien would be "furious" or not, who's to say for sure?

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 7:37 a.m.

    It's unbelievable that you would state that Jackson stayed true to the original story line by Tolkien. Jackson has made so many additions and changes to the Book that I'm sure that were he alive, J.R.R. Tolkien would be furious. It's unfortunate that Jackson lacked the talent to bring the literary classic to life without making so many additions and changes. The visuals are good as is the acting but the title should be "The Bastardization of the Hobbit".