I am probably the most bitter person when it comes to movies adapted from books. I am one tough audience to please when the books I love being turned into movies. I quit watching Under The Dome because there are TOO many changes and I dislike The Shining for the same reason.
How about The Hobbit?
As I have said in my post titled No Movie is Greater Than The Book, The Lord of The Rings is one of few movies that I admit as as amazing as the book because it stay true to the book…I was hoping that The Hobbit will be something similar. The first part of The Hobbit was the same with some extra scenes to make people understand more about The Lord of The Rings, the second was a total disappointment because it begins to take liberty on changing the story.
I watch The Desolation of Smaug in IMAX 3D because I want to experience the wonder that I saw in The Hobbit : Unexpected Journey. My first impression was “WOW!” the 3D effect was amazing in IMAX. I was so amazed that my jaw literally dropped. I enjoy the movie and the beautiful scenery till half of the story.
I enjoyed every second of the movie till Legolas showed up and then that she-elf who doesn’t even belong in the book took a lot of screening time. I was so bored when the additional scenes/stories play big part in the movie. I wanted to enjoy it but I couldn’t…I just couldn’t stomach changes from the book. Things got worst when They decided to leave Kili and Fili…I was like “What the hell? where does this come from?” I was annoyed beyond believe and all I wanted to do is finding a remote control to fast-forward this silliness.
It’s okay to change the story to make it more thrilling, like that episode with Smaug, in the book the fight with Smaug is not as great as the movie (tho I wouldn’t mind if they stick to the book) but when they change it to something not important just to add up romance in it…that makes me furious!! That makes me disappointed!!
Not only that…this second movie seems to emphasize more on Thorin, Thorin and Thorin…hello, the book is called The Hobbit NOT the Dwarves!! Thorin was not featured as someone THAT great in the book because it focused more on the little Hobbit. I feel like Bilbo was a bit forgotten in this second movie.
I know I might be the only one I know who didn’t feel impress with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug…so be it because I still feel disappointed with it!!
My disappointment was so great that I didn’t even have the energy to appreciate the greatness of Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice as Smaug and Necromancer.
I hope they won’t change much things in the third movie (I wonder how the left behind Dwarves join the Dwarves who are already in the mountain because no one gets left behind in the book). I hope they won’t decide to make a happy ending where no dwarve die and they live happily ever after and the great Thorin stays amazing throughout the movie…if that happens, I am really going to hate this trilogy!!
My rating for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is only , that two stars go to the beautiful scenery and the story that’s still written in the book. Although I didn’t review the first movie, I’d give that one 4 stars. If you love the desolation of smaug, do read my friend, Ruth @Flixchatter, favorite things about the Desolation of Smaug 🙂 mine is nothing but a grudge review 😉