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I am fire...... I am death....,
This review is from: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [DVD]  (DVD)
After crossing over the Misty Mountains, Thorin must seek help from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of an illusioned filled forest.
If they reach Lake-town it will be time Bilbo Baggins to fulfil his contract with the dwarfs. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and Baggins must seek out the Secret Door.
A door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug....
After reassessing the first movie, which to be honest was a bit of a slog to get through, my expectations were not very high for this second instalment. I was looking forward to it, but this trilogy didn't really have the event feel that LOTR had..... Until now.
After a very slow opening, with a flashback, it soon goes back to what Jackson does best, event set pieces of the highest order. As soon as the group go into the forest, that's it, the film is rip roaring fun right up until the final haunting scene.
The film then is wrapped around three very impressive, and huge set pieces. The first in the forest with the spiders and meeting old friends,the second is a wonderful barrel chase, involving Orcs and Elves, and the final piece, which rivals anything from the original trilogy, when we meet Smaug.
This is stunning stuff, and Freeman excels in this part, one reason is because he's not really focused on until this part, and his fear makes his meeting with Smaug all the more urgent.
And what a creation Smaug is, as soon as he unveils himself from under millions of coins, you know instantly he will be right up there with Gollum, The T-Rex, and The T-1000, as the best CGI creations ever committed to screen.
Gandalf has his own little side story, which is very sinister, but not touched on too much, which will probably be the focus of the next film.
My only problem is that it doesn't have a lot of urgency to it, because you know a few characters that get in peril will be fine, because of LOTR.
Its a return to form from Jackson, and it has the best cliffhanger from any Jackson movie.
Well worth seeing.
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Initial post: 19 Dec 2013 23:47:04 GMT
Why are you reviewing a product that does not exist? Do you have a time machine? If so can I please borrow it?
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2013 08:15:42 GMT
Mr. Corey S. Newcombe says:
If you have bothered to read my review, it's a review of the film, which was released last Friday.
And no, you may not borrow my time machine. get your own.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2013 08:27:28 GMT
Reviews on Amazon are reviews of the product, not just the content. For example, how well the transfer to Bluray has been done, the extra features etc. If you want to review the film go to Rotten Tomatoes. Sorry I picked on you, lots of people do the same thing and it's just one of my pet hates!
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2013 09:14:47 GMT
Well I am interested in the content. Thank you for the review Mr. Corey S. Newcombe and Andy Mathews stop nit-picking.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2013 14:54:23 GMT
doug bassett says:
I agree with Andy, but i also agree with the review of the film! It had all the same magic as the previous trilogy, and id go as far as to say i liked it more than return of the king.. however the DVD or Blu ray arent out yet, and thats what Amazon are selling.. if people want to review the film after seeing it at the cinema.. write your review on the cinema website! trawling through these reviews are a pain in the ass when you actually want to read about the product your buying. old news now though, just something to put up with..
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2013 00:54:12 GMT
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V. Paterson says:
Why are you 'trawling' through reviews of a product that you know has not yet been released if 'you actually want to read about the product your (sic) buying'?
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2013 00:16:18 GMT
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2013 00:19:27 GMT
how is it nitpicking if you want to review the film go join a movie review site .don't rate a product thats not released
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2013 10:07:52 GMT
Mr. Corey S. Newcombe says:
Well Stavrami, I am reviewing the film, not the product. No offence, but anybody with one iota of common sense would know that, seeing as the film has been cinema release for 11 days.
You may be interested in my reviews of
Saving Mr Banks
Pain and Gain
Its Christmas Eve, go and be merry, and remember if a film is not yet released, the reviews will more than likely be about the film, not the product.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2013 10:15:42 GMT
Mr. Corey, do you listen to a word anybody else says?
Are you an idiot?
Everybody knows that you are reviewing the film. We are not questioning whether or not you are reviewing the film! The point is that you should not be reviewing just the FILM, but the PRODUCT that Amazon are selling. The point is that the PRODUCT does not exist so you cannot possibly give an accurate review of the PRODUCT!
Before you reply something else like, "If you bothered to read my review, you would see that it is a review of the film which has been released already... blah.. blah.. blah...", and sound like a broken record, my advice is to stop and think. Once again: We know you have reviewed the film and not the product, and that is our point. The film is and will be available in many formats: 3D, HFR, Bluray, Bluray 3D, DVD etc etc... Each is a separate product, some of which Amazon will sell, and will be subject to different views. For example I own the Lord of the Rings trilogy in both DVD and Bluray format, and I have different comments about each.