Saw the Desolation of Smaug (You wanna see real desolation go to Detroit). I liked it better than the first which meant that it averaged a 7 of 10 for me. But again not because it was a steady 7, it was a mix of 2s and 9s. Action was absurdly over the top especially to this blackbelt, even granting that some of these creatures do not tire as quickly as humans (elves and dwarves) nor suffer burns as easily (dwarves were made of the earth) and
that some of them have had their bodies hundreds if not thousands of years.
Tauriel, the female elf-warrior was a welcome and persuasive addition. Indeed
the Elves steal the movie. Fans of Legolas will see what sort of an
ass-whipping an Elf warriior can deal. Indeed given the body count he and
Tauriel amass one wonders how orcs suvive into modern times. Unless of course
you are an elfguard, the LOTR equivalenet of a red shirt. Maybe they couldn't
see out of those helms. As in the series Bleach, it does seem that all elves are
not equal and a spiritual force =s a physical force. How could some of the
ancient elves fight Balrogs and win? How are Legolas and Tauriel so much more
deadly? The dwarves are no slouches either, especially given that Jackson makes
his orcs bigger and more powerful than Tolkien did. Even Uruks were "almost as
tall as men' (source Robert Fosters Guide to Middle Earth and LOTR)
The end was, really? Here? Unlike the Two Towers this suffers from being the
middle movie and not wrapping anything up. Smaug and Cummberbacth literally
chew the scenery and the battles in the mountain with him are most overdone part
of the movie. So I liked the movie even if it drew an occasional groan or
really from me.
For example of a minor item, those barrels were returned
to the riverman. Really? How many do you think made it down Peter Jackson's
flume ride of a river?