Average User Score: 7.8Dec 14, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Absolutely loved it. Stayed fairly close to the book too. Beorn was excellently portrayed. The additional parts were interesting especially Wizard battles. I enjoyed the action sequences around the barrels as well as the dragon scenes though it was confusing at times. The CGI and voice of Smaug was amazing and really stole the show.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Jan 2, 2013Beautiful. Funny. Vast.
It was frustrating to see such low reviews on what I found was a fantastic recreation of a much-loved book.Beautiful. Funny. Vast.
It was frustrating to see such low reviews on what I found was a fantastic recreation of a much-loved book. Visually more stunning than LoTR: sunrise pans, beautiful landscapes, fantastic props; unrivaled fantasy effects. Take the Rivendell: a stunning expanse with almost photo-like realism. The pace was well structured. A slower start to introduce the lore and the characters. Once that's done? It races much like an action movie. The fight scenes are always fantastic: well choreographed, weaponry of great detail. The beasts equally so.
I think what really "does it" for me is the fact that having read the fantastic books themselves and while musing away the hours imagining the artefacts -- from weapons to beasts, characters to landscapes -- the films live up to that wonderous world held inside my head. They are visually stunning, fantastically acted -- the two comical dwarves whose names escape me were not actually annoying and they were really well casted -- and well worth your money.… Expand