I liked The Desolation of Smaug despite a great deal of flaws... and… More I liked The Desolation of Smaug despite a great deal of flaws... and apologizing for liking Jackson's most recent cinematic voyages to Middle-Earth is becoming troublingly commonplace lately, though it doesn't bother me so much. Yet. Its excess seems on fuller display here than in last year's An Unexpected Journey, but there is still a detectable sense of adventure that supercedes the silliness, for me. But, it's a tricky balance. The barrel sequence is astonishingly fun despite being over-the-top, and the spider scenes had some purpose despite also showing a fair amount of near-misses. And Smaug? He's another satisfying creature creation from PJ (Cumberbatch's voice talents help here, too), even though Smaug's scenes funnel into yet another protracted sequence of near-death and dwarven ingenuity. I barely remember the book, so I have no comparison reference points to draw ire from here - which is probably a good thing, given the book's length and that this will be a bleeping 9-hour trilogy. Still, the movies are fun and competently rendered, even if Peter Jackson's storytelling is being sacrificed to squeeze in so much transparent padding.
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