The part of the story I most wanted to see handled by Peter Jackson and team now exists. For my taste, they didn't get it right.
While filming, many of the cast expressed concerns that viewers would think the landscape was fake. How, they argued, could moviegoers believe that such stunning scenery is real? Where in the world do thundering waterfalls, turquoise lakes, volcanic pinnacles, and alpine glaciers all occupy a terrain with hardly any people?
The appeal of the Grand Adventure is clear and incontestable: the epic scale; the sense of mystery and adventure; the thrill of discovering what challenge, adversary, or ally awaits around the next bend. Thing is, the whole point of the exercise is to reach an ultimate goal.
The marketers made a brilliant move in refusing to reveal more than an eye or a bit of tail in the previews, because the first full-on shot of Smaug made my jaw drop. He is exquisite, and when Bilbo says that tales fall short of his magnificence, he couldn't be more correct.
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I recently turned to The Hobbit when I was down with a killer migraine. Reading it wasn't exactly like meeting an old friend, because I didn't remember most of the book. But that didn't matter, because opening up the book and diving in, I felt welcomed by the narrative voice which is so very wise and warm -- and wry.
The movie is epic in both scope and nature, with rousing cinematography and plot twists that will either irate or satisfy. While it deviates greatly from the book, the storyline manages to capture the essence of the tale while drawing in the audience with every scene.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is hitting theaters in December, and what's a better way to welcome it than mashing it up with one of the most quotable movies of our time- Mean Girls. Check out the animated sketch, from Leigh Lahav after the break.
Launching nationwide tomorrow at Denny's is the new menu for the next installment in the trilogy... The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, hitting theaters December 13th. The menu will consist of some returning items, like Hobbit Hole Breakfast and some interesting new items as well.
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug gets new elves and rampaging orcs... Steel yourself for more Man of Steel... Let's go looking for the Alien Uprising...
while Deakins is quick to play down whatever small role he played in WALL•E's eventual enormous box office success, his creative contribution did not go unnoticed by others in the animation industry.
A flood of Oscar winners, nominees and those that should have been hit stores in the last few weeks. Here's a rundown of recent new films that have just debuted on DVD and BluRay.
From An Unexpected Journey's talented filmmakers and canny copyrights to the spiritually exhausted Tolkien estate, everyone's fighting for Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium as if their economies counted on it.
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