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4.0 out of 5 stars I am fire...... I am death...., 14 Dec. 2013
This review is from: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [DVD] [2013] (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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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2013 15:35:42 GMT
No I'm not an idiot.
This was a pointless post started by you. And it's ended by me
Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2013 03:14:07 GMT
Twinkly says:
Andy - Shut up. You're boring as hell.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2013 08:58:32 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 22:28:09 GMT
Tristan says:
Oh for f*** sake! never have I heard such a bunch of old women! Andy , if this is all you have to worry about in life you are one lucky guy. You clearly have too much time on your hands

Posted on 29 Jan 2014 23:03:35 GMT
Sadly, this review was deplorable on two counts not one.
I agree about not reviewing before the DVD is out, BUT this missive is also one massive spoiler for anyone who has not seen the film yet.

Two massive strikes!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2014 23:10:33 GMT
dear Andrew
I don't suppose you would like to give us your different comments on the Lord of the Rings Trilogy in DVD and Bluray?
That would be of interest...

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2014 09:33:11 GMT
And where is this massive spoiler?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2014 01:59:25 GMT
You really don't see???

Peter

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2014 08:06:54 GMT
don't bother then

Posted on 6 Feb 2014 07:26:48 GMT
Nik Davies says:
You know what the magical thing about Amazon reviews are guys?
They can be edited.
Just because the reviewer doesn't have the "product" in hand, doesn't mean they can't write a review. Lots of people read reviews of the film before pre-ordering for example if they didn't have the chance to see it at the cinema.
It's fairly obvious that the reviewer will pick up this product and therefore edit his review to include the stuff that you are demanding. Oh, and FYI, even when the product is released, most people don't even talk about that stuff and just talk about the movie anyway making your statement pointless.

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