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Old 03-25-2013, 09:31 AM  
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Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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First reports from a footage leak.

http://the-hobbit-movie.com/2013/03/...of-the-dragon/

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The first footage of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been revealed at yesterday’s live internet broadcast, although few firm conclusions can be drawn. The subject is certainly sensitive to Warner Bros. with several videos around the web having been withdrawn by Monday morning due to breaches of the Terms & Conditions attached to the production.

It’s OK to tell what happened though and we can report that the footage ends thus, with Thorin declaring:

“We are the dwarves of Erebor. We have come to reclaim our homeland.”

No surprise there then. The trailer finishes on some sound effects that are unmistakably like a dragon, but of course there was no sign of Smaug himself anywhere. I do not think anyone actually expected that, so what did become clearer?

Alongside some moody shots of Gandalf and Radagast in a mausoleum of a cavern, we begin to learn more about Benedict Cumberbatch’s other character in the movie, at least by implication we do anyway, with Gandalf asking why the sword Glamdring, “got out into the world,” only to discover that there’s much more to it than meets the eye, all of which is meant to tie into the Necromancer storyline.

Peter Jackson appeared very aware of the potential problems with the middle film of any trilogy, responding to one fan’s question with:

“It is complicated to do a middle film, but the advantage is … we have multiple story lines … and we can start following multiple characters.”

Sounds enticing, as making a middle film into anything but a filler with untied endings and ragged beginnings can be a problem. Perhaps we will see a few complete stories within the overall arc; who knows? It is now almost legendary that enough footage has been shot to complete several movies.

More will undoubtedly be drip fed us over the coming months and as Jackson revealed this video release ought to be considered first in a series of blogs about the film. First mystery up, doubtless awaiting further examination later is Gandalf saying:

“These tombs were opened from the inside.”

That’s a little mystery that Gandalf is exploring in The Desolation of Smaug, according to Peter Jackson at the event. He also said that Mirkwood is the scariest land they’ll explore in the movie and described Thranduil’s kingdom using concept art. Cinemablend reported that:

“This looked like that same creepy forest but with some castle-like structure in there. The realm itself is underground, but there’s light filtering in– We want it to be grand, like a cathedral. But this is not Rivendell. This is not the friendly land of elves that we’re used to in these movies. Jed recalls his time spent as a dwarf, held prisoner in Thranduil’s kingdom.”

The approach used in this teaser follows the pattern of previous production video blogs, so you will have recognised the strategy by now no doubt. It looks like we can anticipate a steady ramping up of the pressure from now onwards until the finished trailer is put on general release.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:43 PM   #181
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:11 PM   #182
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:14 PM   #183
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Old 12-23-2013, 12:17 AM   #184
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Saw it tonight, I know I'm late, really really enjoyed it. My complaints are all pretty minor: there's only so many times you can see Legolas surf down an orc while killing another orc, or kill two orcs with one arrow, also I hate it when he goes from one or two sentences in elvish into one or two sentences of english and then back again. Just make the whole damn thing one or the other, you're mixing your songs up like Pitbull and its annoying. I also didn't like how they ended it, just too abrupt for something that could've taken 30 more minutes and you could've taken out 30 minutes worth of other useless dialogue, like you didnt have to do the love angle at all, you could've just had Tauriel wanting to go help the dwarves because she didn't want to be locked behind gates for eternity and that would've been just fine.

Loved Smaug, obviously. Benedict Cumberbatch is just awesome IMO and the banter between him and Bilbo and the Dwarves was pretty great too. The CG in some of the scenes was so believable and in other scenes... not so much. Oh and the part where the Dwarf bursts his hands through the barrell with weapons to fight the orcs, OMG I almost died laughing. Just a great movie all around, I'd rank it third amongst all the LOTR/Hobbit movies.
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:29 AM   #185
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:35 AM   #186
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i have never seen a CGI creature realized so wonderfully

SMAUG!

Peter Jackson should be directing Star Wars, not that hack Abrams.

Pretty much. Smaug might be the coolest thing I've ever seen on the big screen, to be honest. The Balrog ruled, but he was only in the movie for like a minute and a half. What else comes close? I'm not sure anything does...
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Old 12-24-2013, 08:30 AM   #187
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Old 12-24-2013, 08:43 AM   #188
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:45 AM   #189
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Smaug pretty much was a CGI Deathwing from WoW. The similarities are certainly there tbh.
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:20 PM   #190
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Just saw this in IMAX/3D/HFR and it was really good. The first scene when the guy comes out of the pub......damn, I had to have been standing in the street with him.

I'd echo most of what was said on the last couple of pages. The differences from the book were reasonable, although I would also have liked more Beorn. Scenes with Smaug were amazing, and the run down the river was a really fun ride. I took my teenage daughter, who wouldn't typically go to a movie like this. However, she really liked it. Well done Peter Jackson.
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For anyone that's seen it, there's a legit dvd screener copy now floating around the interwebs.
If you haven't seen it yet in the theater I strongly advise anyone to not spoil it and actually see it in the theater for your 1st time watching it.
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Just saw this in IMAX/3D/HFR and it was really good. The first scene when the guy comes out of the pub......damn, I had to have been standing in the street with him.

I'd echo most of what was said on the last couple of pages. The differences from the book were reasonable, although I would also have liked more Beorn. Scenes with Smaug were amazing, and the run down the river was a really fun ride. I took my teenage daughter, who wouldn't typically go to a movie like this. However, she really liked it. Well done Peter Jackson.
The guy that comes out of the pub is Peter Jackson, I think.
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