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Friday, May 16, 2014

Elves can be evil ???

- Smaug the magic dragon lived in a cave ...

This week's movie rental was The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ...

the second installment in a three-part film adaptation based on the novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien .... The film follows the titular character Bilbo Baggins as he accompanies Thorin Oakenshield and his fellow Dwarves on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. The film also features the vengeful pursuit of Azog the Defiler and Bolg while Gandalf the Grey investigates a growing evil at the ruins of Dol Guldur. The ensemble cast includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.

I didn't like this second installment of the trilogy as much as the first one, which I wrote about here. What mostly got my attention was actually trivial stuff, like how much of a change can be wrought with makeup and a wig ;) ... the female elf character, Tauriel, is played by the same actress who was Kate (Freckles) in Lost. And I was reminded of the talking dragon in Dragonheart by Smaug. And then there was the realization that there are evil elves ... Legolas' dad, the Elvenking of Mirkwood forest, is bad - eek! ....

No wonder Legolas has so many issues ;) ...

Is it worth watching? Yeah, but it's not up the the standard of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

Here's a trailer ...


Blogger Jimmy Mac said...

Crystal: I don't know how else to tell you how much I enjoy your contributions to dotCommonweal! You are a true breath of fresh air in what can be a self-congratulating claque of same-thinkers.

Jim McCrea,

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Blogger crystal said...

Hi Jim,

Thanks! :) I appreciate your contributions at dotCommonweal too. There are so few people like us there that sometimes it's hard not to comment just so the minority viewpoint will at least get stated.

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