Posted by jukkahoo
I like it! 'Twas a fun 161 minutes, well worth the admission fee (guest premiere, thanks Mikael!). *grin*
The second Hobbit movie is a lot like the first one, almost nonstop-action fanfic disguised as Tolkien. Most of the stuff I remember from the book (although I must emphasize again, that I haven't actually never read The Hobbit, only Lohikäärmevuori [the first Finnish translation, a wonderfully simplified version], though I did read that quite a number of times) was not-quite-as-I-remember and there were several additions that were on occasion either entertaining or just plain what-the-fuck?
The orcs are plentiful and all over the place, there's far too little Gunvald, Thranduil is brilliant, I approve of Tauriel, there are NO LAWS OF PHYSICS, Smaug is divine worm, Martin Freeman is spot on perfect, Brad the Archer is again peterjacksonified (not a positive comment) as are the interminable action sequences, and while the escape from Mirkwood is barrel of fun, there are just too bloody many orcs. And Dol Guldur. Why? Or the Nazgûl prison of Azkaban. Whatthe? And dwarf/elf romance???
Kudos to Jackson for his restrained use of spiders and glorious visuals. But for the love of Reason, is there no bloody health & safety in Middle Earth? Are railings for wimps and not something for neither elves nor dwarves? Jeebus!
Ah, but Smaug! Glorious and beautiful. Terrific. Definite.
And Martin Freeman. Well done, sir. Well done.
All in all, good film, on occasion great. Nearly three hours long, but didn't feel like that. And despite all I've said above, there was much more to like than not.
Short and sweet (and sour). Go see it!