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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG - Review

People still don't seem to understand that The Hobbit is not The Lord of the Rings. Even after the first movie people still come out of the theaters saying how it's nothing like The Lord of the Rings. Of course its not! They are two very different stories, and one is much more tame and kid friendly than the other. It doesn't mean the story is not as good though, because it is! The Hobbit is one of my favorite books of all time, it was the first fantasy novel I ever read, and seeing it brought to life on the big screen has been amazing. I loved the first Hobbit film that Peter Jackson made, and I loved The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug even more! Jackson is, of course, adding stuff to the story to help it flow better, and also connect with The Lord of the Rings storyline. He's doing a hell of a great job with it too. I am happy with the additions that he's made to the story. It all seems to flow perfectly. 

I'm enjoying everything that Jackson is doing with these movies, and I don't think anyone else could do them better. He has such an amazing imagination, and he has the talent to actually bring everything that he imagines to life! I am entranced by his vision of Middle Earth, and it's sad that the journey is coming to an end soon. I'm just happy that we get to see at least one more movie! 

The Desolation of Smaug was an awesome film. Yeah, it was long, but as a fan of these films I don't care. I'm one of those guys that wants as much as I can get from this franchise, which is why I'll end up buying the extended edition of it as well. There were some really cool and exciting action sequences in this film. I have to say that my favorite was an escape scene from Mirkwood in barrels -- I won't go into details, but if you've seen the film already you know what I'm talking about. It was just so damn entertaining. There were lots of fun scenes in the movie! I also like seeing Legolas back, and the new elf Tauriel. It will be interesting to see where they take the relationship of these two elves. As for the dragon Smaug… he was absolutely perfect! Easily one of the best movie dragons ever, and he stole the show! He looked so much more awesome than I imagined him in the book. I will say that the end of the movie really left you hanging, but it's kind of the perfect place to end this film. 

I saw the movie in the 48fps high frame rate again, and I'm still really not a fan of it. I don't think I will bother watching the third movie in it. It just looked too clean and crisp, and I never found myself fully immersed in that world. The same thing happened with An Unexpected Journey. The high frame rate just doesn't seem to fit the fantasy realm. It all just looked too fake for me. There needs to be a grittiness to this story, and the HFR seems to take that away. Everything looks like a movie set. I can see it working with a slick looking sci-fi film, but it just doesn't work with Middle Earth. It basically just distracts me the whole time, and I don't like being distracted when watching movies.

These films are an incredible movie going experience, and I loved this sequel. I'm so excited for the grand finale next year! You've got to watch this if you haven't already. If you have seen The Desolation of Smaug, let us know what you thought of the film.

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