Who's seeing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug?

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#1 Posted by PonchoTaco (1943 posts) -

Already got my tickets =D Can't wait.

#2 Posted by whipassmt (13960 posts) -

I want to see that and the Madea movie. I think the local theater only charges $5 bucks on Tuesdays.

#3 Posted by Namgis (3572 posts) -

I will when the crowds die down. I hate going to the theater and putting up with the obnoxious teens, phone checkers, talkers and tiny bladdered of society.

I am worried PJ has taken far too much license with this one. An Unexpected Journey was one thing, the early trailers for this one is another. WTF is Legolas, Galadriel and Evangeline Lily doing in there?

#4 Posted by konvikt_17 (22131 posts) -

havent even seen a LoTR movie

#5 Edited by PSP107 (11693 posts) -

The Desolation of Smaug What a horrible subtitle

#6 Edited by lamprey263 (22805 posts) -

I'm gonna wait and see it for $6 for tomorrow's before noon showings. I'll make sure to avoid the HFR version this time.

#7 Posted by ferrari2001 (16755 posts) -

Yep, I'm leaving in about 15 min to go wait in line for the midnight premiere.

#8 Edited by whipassmt (13960 posts) -

Yep, I'm leaving in about 15 min to go wait in line for the midnight premiere.

Midnight premiere, ain't that movie like 3 hours long? I don't like to go to sleep much later than 1.

#9 Posted by KiIIyou (27135 posts) -

I'll see it eventually :)

#10 Posted by whipassmt (13960 posts) -

@Namgis said:

I will when the crowds die down. I hate going to the theater and putting up with the obnoxious teens, phone checkers, talkers and tiny bladdered of society.

I am worried PJ has taken far too much license with this one. An Unexpected Journey was one thing, the early trailers for this one is another. WTF is Legolas, Galadriel and Evangeline Lily doing in there?

I actually liked having the necromancer plot and the war of the Dwarves and Orcs in the first movie. Though I think they strayed a bit far with some thing, first off Manu Bennet should be playing Bolg son of Azog, not Azog himself. Bolg is actually in the Hobbit book, Azog is dead by that time. But in the movie the character is Azog, next thing you know he'll probably show up in the third Hobbit movie as Slade Wilson! Secondly in the book the existence of the Necromancer was known for centuries prior to the time of the Hobbit, yet in the movie Radagast happens to discover the Necromancer at the time of the Hobbit and he tells Gandalf that he found a sorcerer in "Dol Guldur", though in the books that area was only named Dol Guldur after the Necromancer moved in, prior to that it was called Amon Lanc ("the bald hill").

Legolas being in The Hobbit movie isn't that far-fetched though. The Hobbit book doesn't mention him, but the "elven-king" does appear in the book and Legolas is the son of that elven-king (King Thranduil, though that name is not mentioned in the Hobbit book).

#11 Posted by Makhaidos (1613 posts) -

I'll see it tomorrow when everyone else is at work.

#12 Posted by blamix99 (1622 posts) -

Legolas is pretty cool in the movie, you guys gotta see it..

#13 Posted by AtariKidX (6202 posts) -

@blamix99 said:

Legolas is pretty cool in the movie, you guys gotta see it..

Did you have see the movie.....??

#14 Posted by chicknfeet (15624 posts) -

Gonna be going tonight after I get off from work

#15 Posted by LexLas (4213 posts) -

Most definitely going to see it this weekend !

#16 Posted by helwa1988 (2072 posts) -

I'm going tomorrow afternoon.

#17 Posted by kingdre (9456 posts) -

Just got home from the cinema. There is no post-credits scene in case any of you were planning to stay.

#18 Posted by crediblehulk89 (15 posts) -

Can't wait....going tomorrow morning

#19 Posted by PonchoTaco (1943 posts) -

@kingdre: I figured there wouldn't be. I'm going tonight at 9:10pm EST. Cannot wait! =D

#20 Edited by Stranger_36 (464 posts) -

Probably won't be seeing it.

#21 Posted by Praisedasun (444 posts) -

I will see it at christmas.On the 24th,most likely.

#22 Posted by worlock77 (22547 posts) -

The first one was kind of shitty, so I doubt I'll be going to see this one.

#23 Edited by blamix99 (1622 posts) -

@blamix99 said:

Legolas is pretty cool in the movie, you guys gotta see it..

Did you have see the movie.....??

yup. seen it here in philippines at the 11th

#24 Edited by SaintLeonidas (25908 posts) -

Probably not anytime soon. If I am seeing anything mainstream this weekend it'll be Frozen, and far too many other films coming out the rest of December to spend money on this.

#25 Posted by mattbbpl (10559 posts) -

Probably not anytime soon. If I am seeing anything mainstream this weekend it'll be Frozen, and far too many other films coming out the rest of December to spend money on this.

Any recommendations?

#26 Posted by Tqricardinho (340 posts) -

@Namgis:

@Namgis said:

I will when the crowds die down. I hate going to the theater and putting up with the obnoxious teens, phone checkers, talkers and tiny bladdered of society.

I was quite lucky. On the premiere of the movie, I could find no kids, teens or anything else. But truth is that I went at 00h10 so kids were all asleep at that moment.

#27 Edited by SaintLeonidas (25908 posts) -

@mattbbpl said:

@SaintLeonidas said:

Probably not anytime soon. If I am seeing anything mainstream this weekend it'll be Frozen, and far too many other films coming out the rest of December to spend money on this.

Any recommendations?

For the rest of December? American Hustle, Inside Llweyn Davis, Her, and The Wolf of Wall Sreet.

#28 Edited by ferrari2001 (16755 posts) -

@whipassmt said:

@ferrari2001 said:

Yep, I'm leaving in about 15 min to go wait in line for the midnight premiere.

Midnight premiere, ain't that movie like 3 hours long? I don't like to go to sleep much later than 1.

I ended up going to sleep at around 3:30 or so and was up at 7:00 to get ready for work. Nothing a redbull and a bunch of coffee couldn't fix. It was totally worth it. Outstanding film. Few parts I didn't like but overall it was a very good movie.

#29 Edited by mattbbpl (10559 posts) -

@mattbbpl said:

@SaintLeonidas said:

Probably not anytime soon. If I am seeing anything mainstream this weekend it'll be Frozen, and far too many other films coming out the rest of December to spend money on this.

Any recommendations?

For the rest of December? American Hustle, Inside Llweyn Davis, Her, and The Wolf of Wall Sreet.

Much obliged. Only two of those were on my list, so I'll put the others on there as well.

#30 Posted by Makhaidos (1613 posts) -

Movie was awesome. Benedict Cumberbatch has the perfect Evil Dragon Voice.

#31 Posted by bob_toeback (11267 posts) -

@mattbbpl said:

@SaintLeonidas said:

Probably not anytime soon. If I am seeing anything mainstream this weekend it'll be Frozen, and far too many other films coming out the rest of December to spend money on this.

Any recommendations?

For the rest of December? American Hustle, Inside Llweyn Davis, Her, and The Wolf of Wall Sreet.

That's my list as well, though I want to see Nymphomaniac instead of American Hustle.

As for Hobbit, I like LOTR, but the first Hobbit was kinda sucky imo. So not overly wanting to see this one.

#32 Posted by Jd1680a (5917 posts) -

The movie was awesome, so was the dragon.

#33 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (17076 posts) -

Unfortunately gotta wait till next weekend to see this one, but then I will be seeing both Smaug AND Anchorman 2 on the same weekend so that will be boss!

For those who have seen this movie, how epic is Smaug? Could he be called the most awesome dragon to ever hit the big screen?

#34 Posted by Qixote (10669 posts) -

Saw it yesterday. It was good, but I think I liked Unexpected Journey better (which is weird since most reviewers are saying the opposite.) Reviews say this movie starts off faster with action, but in fact it does not and the first half hour is as slow as the previous movie. It's not until they reach the spiders until things start picking up, well over 30 minutes into the movie.

Strange also that my two of my favorite characters in this movie (other than Smaug) were not even in the book. Legolas and Tauriel were amazing. Evangeline Lilly was a perfect she-elf.

The low point of the movie is easily Laketown, which was rather a snoozefest. Jackson didn't do anything interesting with it all.

The dragon Smaug delivers, which is most important. Although I wish he had more dialogue. It was only about 10 minutes worth then it turns into a 30 minute chase scene.

The ending was a bit too abrupt. Not a good transitional ending like any of LotR films had. This ending really emphasized how stretched out the Hobbit is made.

So in short, very much worth seeing, if not just for seeing Legolas, Tauriel, and Smaug alone.

#35 Edited by AutoPilotOn (8133 posts) -

I went to midnight showing with wife. They had 3 showings mine wasn't to pack but when they let out the theater was full of teens. Kind of surprised for a weekday at 3 am

#36 Edited by Flubbbs (2912 posts) -

was a good movie, better than the first.. still doesnt hold a candle to the LOTR trilogy

i really liked the parts with Legolas and Tauriel though

#37 Posted by johnd13 (7917 posts) -

It was a great film. Even better than the first one. I liked how they delivered some classic moments like the spiders, the barrels and of course Smaug.

Legolas and Tauriel were great additions as well. Evangeline Lilly did an excellent job as an Elf - better than I had expected her. Legolas was the definition of coolness as always.

I can't help but wonder though how they're going to fill the 3rd movie in the trilogy. Desolation of Smaug got us through Mirkwood, the Lake Town and Smaug under the mountain. I realize there are still some important parts in the story to be covered but I'm not sure if they're enough to justify another 2.5 hours of movie. Can't complain though, I love these movies so the longer the merrier.

#38 Edited by Serraph105 (27747 posts) -

@Namgis said:

I will when the crowds die down. I hate going to the theater and putting up with the obnoxious teens, phone checkers, talkers and tiny bladdered of society.

I am worried PJ has taken far too much license with this one. An Unexpected Journey was one thing, the early trailers for this one is another. WTF is Legolas, Galadriel and Evangeline Lily doing in there?

Legolas was technically alive (and in Murkwood) at the time of the Hobbit despite not having been thought up yet by Tolkien. Arguably he belongs, but far more arguably does not seeing as how he was not in the book at all (same with Radagast). Galadriel appointed the White Council, and whether or not you believe the battle between the White Council and the Necromancer belongs in the movie (again not in the book, but was in the appendices) is one thing, but seeing as how they are doing it anyways she very much belongs in the movie.

Evangeline Lily is a made up character for the movie, and I can find no defense for her character being necessary. Tolkien's story is already a masterful work of art in my opinion, and it frankly doesn't need extra editions from people who have been working on bringing it to life for a handful of months. Nips and tucks sure, entirely new characters because one of the best adventure/fantasy authors story the world has ever seen just wasn't good enough? Fuck that.

#39 Edited by whipassmt (13960 posts) -

@Namgis said:

I will when the crowds die down. I hate going to the theater and putting up with the obnoxious teens, phone checkers, talkers and tiny bladdered of society.

I am worried PJ has taken far too much license with this one. An Unexpected Journey was one thing, the early trailers for this one is another. WTF is Legolas, Galadriel and Evangeline Lily doing in there?

Legolas was technically alive (and in Murkwood) at the time of the Hobbit despite not having been thought up yet by Tolkien. Arguably he belongs, but far more arguably does not seeing as how he was not in the book at all (same with Radagast). Galadriel appointed the White Council, and whether or not you believe the battle between the White Council and the Necromancer belongs in the movie (again not in the book, but was in the appendices) is one thing, but seeing as how they are doing it anyways she very much belongs in the movie.

Evangeline Lily is a made up character for the movie, and I can find no defense for her character being necessary. Tolkien's story is already a masterful work of art in my opinion, and it frankly doesn't need extra editions from people who have been working on bringing it to life for a handful of months. Nips and tucks sure, entirely new characters because one of the best adventure/fantasy authors story the world has ever seen just wasn't good enough? Fuck that.

Then again Lurtz wasn't in the Lord of the Rings book, but he was made up for the movie.

#40 Posted by Serraph105 (27747 posts) -

@whipassmt: true, and he was totally awesome so there you go, perhaps it was because he didn't have any lines.

#41 Posted by JangoWuzHere (16018 posts) -

Prepare for the total bummer Halo 2 ending.

I seriously thought there was gonna be at least another 10-15 mins of movie.

#42 Edited by BranKetra (47864 posts) -

I saw Desolation of Smaug yesterday in 3D. It was good, but as usual, people were whispering. Not only that, but the guy one seat down from me kept bouncing back on his seat, so my foot was repeatedly hit. Those people need to learn theater etiquette.

#43 Edited by SolidSnake35 (58068 posts) -

I also can't wait. Unfortunately I will be waiting for the late Chinese release. No Hobbit sex scenes for me probably.

#44 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58068 posts) -

I saw Desolation of Smaug yesterday in 3D. It was good, but as usual, people were whispering. Not only that, but the guy one seat down from me kept bouncing back on his seat, so my foot was repeatedly hit. Those people need to learn theater etiquette.

I would've made quiet comments until they looked at me... then I'd have taken my shirt off.

#45 Posted by AtariKidX (6202 posts) -

I just saw the hobbit 2.................................and it is amazing.Better than the firs hobbit movie and the 3D is fantastic.....don't miss this movie in 3D.

#46 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (15887 posts) -

@johnd13 said:
I can't help but wonder though how they're going to fill the 3rd movie in the trilogy. Desolation of Smaug got us through Mirkwood, the Lake Town and Smaug under the mountain. I realize there are still some important parts in the story to be covered but I'm not sure if they're enough to justify another 2.5 hours of movie. Can't complain though, I love these movies so the longer the merrier.

The book mentions Gandalf and Bilbo having more adventures on the way home. I suppose that's fertile ground for new material.

I don't see why people are noting inaccuracies with The Hobbit. PJ did a good job butchering LotR. So, I don't see why The Hobbit would be any different. I wouldn't use the movies in any "serious" Tolkien discussion. They're still good entertainment though.

#47 Posted by Boddicker (2427 posts) -

Still haven't seen the first Hobbit.

To tell the truth I'm kind of hobbit'ed out. I love fantasy, just not Tolkien's version of it.

#48 Edited by wiifan001 (18353 posts) -

Seeing it sometime this week

#49 Edited by dave123321 (33625 posts) -

just saw the new hobbit movie and it was absolutely terrible. despite turning a moderately long children's novel into 3 epic-lengthed films peter jackson has somehow managed to cut out pretty much all of the book's most memorable scenes and instead what is presented is hours of moronic filler material. all the wit and humour from the book is gone and replaced with imbecilic "lol derp" faces and other comparable gags (again with fucking radagast and the fucking bird shit in his hair jesus fucking christ he is a fucking wizard and he has bird shit in his hair and he is on fucking mushrooms this is fucking stupid).

and then he fucking shoehorns legolas into like half the fucking movie even though he adds nothing to the plot and is just there as fanservice. and that stupid elf woman doesn't add anything to the plot either and the entire love triangle between her legolas and kili is the stupidest fucking thing i have seen since idk when. since the last hobbit movie i guess.

and they fucking show sauron and have him speak and show his body. like WTF. that took all of the mystery and terror out of him. i mean as an eye there was a level of abstraction there that made him look strikingly memorable and absolutely terrifying in a supernatural way but this is just like something out of a shitty video game. in fact the entire movie is so full of cgi and looks so fucking fake i might as well have been watching a video game. the LOTR movies were filmed 13 fucking years ago and they look more realistic than this shit because they actually used SETS, and PROSTHETICS, and MINiATURE MODELS of buildings where as in these new movies it's just CGI CGI CGI.

and showing gandalf going around shooting light orbs out of his staff. jesus fucking christ that was so fucking stupid.

i couldn't even keep track of how many pointless battle scenes were put in the movie, which i assume were meant to distract from the two-dimensional characters and wooden dialogue. and speaking of terrible things that made me die a little inside every time they happened, which was - again - more often than i could count, there are SO MANY FUCKING REFERENCES to the LOTR trilogy.

wish ebert was still alive just so he could have ripped apart these films because i KNOW he would have because he UNDERSTOOD the books and their graceful beauty. it's like this is a fucking conspiracy to cover up the fact that these new films are fucking BULLSHIT and i am disgusted by their professional failings, the enormity of which is exceeded only by the failure that is this new hobbit trilogy - the BIGGEST cinematic letdown of my life.

#50 Posted by airshocker (28838 posts) -

There's this new movie theater that I've been going to recently which is pretty nice. It's in a newly built high-end shopping center. Well, the owner has put A LOT of money into transforming the theater experience, trying to get away from the people that ruin the experience for everyone else. Well, I was seeing Gravity with the wife and a bunch of guys and girls were complaining, loudly, about the movie being so slow. Checking their phones, holding them in the air so that the back-lighting of the screen would annoy other patrons.

So I went up---or more specifically, down---to them and showed them my badge and told them that they were ruining the movie for everybody else. A few of them fell silent until one of the girls started questioning me. Asking me what reason a cop had for coming up to them. Apparently the owner had been about to come up to them and saw me do it, so he came up behind me and told them he had hired me to throw disruptive guests out. So I escorted the five people out, they weren't refunded, and now I get to go to this theater for free.

Point is, hopefully I'll have a better experience with this Hobbit than I did with the other.