Like when any sequel comes out, I often sit down to watch the first film to get a refresher. But with The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, it was just a good excuse to treat myself to an early Christmas present and buy the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on blu-ray. Which I’m glad I did, as it got me ready and excited to see the sequel the following weekend.
The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug really was a big step up from the first, as it peeled away the slapstick elements, and grounded itself in more reality which held it in better stead I feel. The action was better, some of the set pieces brought a smile to the face, and I’ve got to say that 3D HFR was fine.
I don’t really get the massive outrage it caused in some circles. Sure, in parts, especially during close-quarter action, and during the river scene, some shots felt like handy-cam footage, but haven’t we experienced very similar things when old school ‘film’ tools would go from 35mm down to 16mm for quick hand held shots, and the difference between that footage was noticeable to me, and I see this as no different.
Am I a fan of it though? Honestly I don’t care either way, as it didn’t either add or detract from my experience, so will happily see it live to fight another day. Same goes for 3D to be honest, as I can take it or leave it.
Though I will say this about my screening, the arrogance and self entitlement of people never ceases to amaze me. Someone brought in a little baby for a 3 hour movie that was guaranteed to assault its little ears at every moment. Not only were they risking having it cry and ruin the experience for hundreds of other people, surely there is real risk to its developing hearing to be overwhelmed by brutal and scary sound effects.
Made me think that most self-entitled and arrogant behaviour comes from a sense and place of power. I’m a parent so know best. I’m a teacher so know best. I’m a cop so know best. I’m a politician so know best. I’m a religious figure so know best. That’s why I have the most respect for those who are in power positions but use it as a way to only ever be humble and help those around them, never thinking once to use it as a form of control of others.
And to end this so as to tie this rant up, congrats to the Pope for winning person of the year, as he’s currently the shining example of someone who has used his power only for good…so far. And that’s coming from someone who has no love for almost every religion. It’s not the labels that make us good, it’s our actions.
How did this review for The Hobbit escalate so quickly!?
9 out of 10 from me!!!