- Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
- Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
- Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug (vocal performance and motion capture) and as the Necromancer: the mysterious sorcerer of Dol Guldur.
- Orlando Bloom as Legolas
- Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel
- Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
- Lee Pace as Thranduil
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The first one was amazingly done and Peter Jackson and crew, up the ante by adding foreshadow that lends itself to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and Legolas.
My biggest problem with this picture was that it didn’t feel as fun as the first. It felt a bit dragged on, on purpose rather than just elongated to grasp the full spectrum of the story. I would like to believe P.J. stretched the book out over three parts to give you that idea of a journey to really submerge yourself in the world to really just feel a part of middle-earth. I’m fine with that honestly. But in comparison to the first chapter, this just felt longer.
Another thing that irritated me was this was the only movie I’ve seen in recent memory (Maybe outside of Thor 2) where I noticed the difference between studios set to real world filming. When he does go outside however, P.J. and crew, it’s as gorgeous as ever. New Zealand is definitely a place worth putting on your respective bucket list.
The story this time around is all a mystery to me since I never finished the book, nor read ANY of the LotR books. But I’m generally fascinated by that realm of witches, wizards, swords, and Knights. This could be why I didn’t enjoy it as much. But this is still a good movie.
Do you remember Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers? Yea. Legolas made bows and arrows castles, and that movie, so cool. When he shows up in this movie it’s all bad ass: Each and every scene, even when he’s standing and talking. The red head elf, Tauriel, isn’t an original character. Well she is, but she’s not from the source material, this (for some reason) is something from screenwriter, Philippa Boyens, created for the film. Evangeline Lilly does an incredible job at being the redhead of the elfish society and being a fair and adequate love interest to Legolas. The acting wasn’t poor at all. I believed everyone’s effort from start to finish. I’d give the breakout role to Ms. Lilly.
The 48fps wasn’t as noticeable this time around, but that could be because I expected it. There isn’t much I can say that is a pro or con to it. It’s something that you either like, don’t mind, or hate. I’m a mix of the latter. I noticed it at times but it wasn’t anything bad. The best scenes for 3D were with Smaug.
Bottom line: This isn’t the best out of the Tolkien/Jackson story/movies but it’s a damned good effort for what it is. Great effects and use of character, only real flaw was pacing. It didn’t match the first one and that was just as long if not longer.
Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten
- Overall rating of the movie: 9 out of 10,
- Cinematography: 10 out of 10,
- Editing: 9.7 out of 10,
- Audio: 9 out of 10,
- Acting: 9.5 out of 10,
- Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worthy of a Tuesday. Better at home..
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