"A wrenching nostalgia, a lost joy, an object of obsession, and a sincere hope to reclaim it…could these thoughts belong to the beast from the Abyss?"
Another 3 posters purchased to take up all my wall space. Pretty much creating a shrine to Dark Souls around my computer. Give me some Demon’s Souls posters and I’ll be sorted!
Roll on April 25th for Dark Souls II!
“When the torches are kindled and men walk on the sandy floors under the echoing domes, ah! Then Legolas, gems and crystals and veins of precious ore glint in the polished walls; and the light flows through folded marbles, shell-like, translucent as the living hands of Queen Galadriel. There are columns of white and saffron and dawn-rose, Legolas, fluted and twisted into dreamlike forms; they spring up from many-colored floors to meet the glistening pendants of the roof: wings, ropes, curtains fine as frozen clouds; spears, banners, pinnacles of suspended palaces! Still lakes mirror them: a glimmering world looks up from the dark pools covered with clear glass.”
After making three films from three Tolkien books, Jackson has now made the second of three films from one comparatively brief novel, a 161-minute would-be epic, in which the strain to stretch and inflate is apparent in virtually every frame. How it falls shortResults are all that matter, and the result here is that “The Desolation of Smaug” fails in almost every way, as a story, as an adventure, as a piece of art direction and as a visual spectacle. The look is murky, with the outdoor scenes shot almost entirely in grays and dark greens, and the indoor scenes in browns and earth tones. Notice the intrusive soundtrack, swelling to instruct us how to feel, as the camera moves in suddenly on Gandalf’s face for the grand pronouncement: “They mean war!” Action scenes, however - those can be tripled, quadrupled … […] Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins and is very good (or could be), spends most of the movie just standing around. Yet the movie actually includes an action sequence of the secondary character, Legolas, fighting off a pack of ugly, evil Orcs for something like two full minutes of screen time.
"Middle-Earth lies in ruins"
The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug :
Good - Smaug looked and sounded very cool, better pacing than Part 1, Bard was quite interesting, spiders of Mirkwood section was done well, Thranduil was excellent, Gandalf was good as always, fewer scenes with Azog, Martin Freeman was good, more original music, Beorn was cool, main dwarves were developed a bit more and fewer childish gags.
Bad - Azog was still in it, Azog replaced by Bolg or Azog v1.5, Laketown wasn’t good, too much CGI fighting, too much CGI and too many green screen sets, too much added fluff, most of the dwarves are still annoying, made up stuff to tie in with LOTR that doesn’t make any sense, lack of appreciation for the source material, Tauriel : Warrior Princess - dreadful non character that nearly ruins it, awful love triangle with Tauriel, Legolas and the man dwarf Kili, too many references to LOTR as if we don’t get that it’s in the same world, too much ‘fan service’ that actually just annoys fans, film-makers not understanding the material, focus on action, not really “The Hobbit”, lack of attention for Bilbo, repeated lines and phrases from LOTR, credits music was atrocious and the film ended abruptly.
Middle Earth looks awful in the Hobbit. The score seems to be less inspired, the sets are mostly done on computers, the Orcs don’t look as menacing because most of them are CGI. The whole thing feels surprisingly lazy, especially from the people who put all that effort into LOTR.
Off to watch The Fellowship of the Ring!
Apparently “The Desolation of Smaug” is better because it deviates from the source material, has lots of cool elves kicking ass, has a romance between the fake Tauriel and Kili, is action packed and has less talking.
Can’t believe how much Jackson has wasted an amazing opportunity. Despite The Lord of the Rings being nowhere near as good as the novel, it was a fantastic effort. He is now lazy, big headed and thinks he’s a better storyteller than Tolkien. Arsehole.
There was the immemorial figure of the deputy or messenger of hidden and terrible powers - the “Black Man” of the witch cult, and the “Nyarlathotep” of the Necronomicon.
"Eternal is the Pow’r of Evil, and Infinite in its contagion! The Great Cthulhu yet hath sway o’er the minds and spirits of Men, yea, even tho’ He lieth chained and ensorcelled, bound in the fetters of The Elder Sign, His malignant and loathly Mind spreadeth the dark seeds of Madness and Corruption into dreams and Nightmares of sleeping men". - The Necronomicon of Abdul Alhazred, III, 17 the Translation of Dr. John Dee, circa A.D. 1585
“ I cannot think of the deep sea without shuddering at the nameless things that may at this very moment be crawling and floundering on its slimy bed, worshipping their ancient stone idols and carving their own detestable likenesses on submarine obelisks of water-soaked granite. I dream of a day when they may rise above the billows to drag down in their reeking talons the remnants of puny, war-exhausted mankind—of a day when the land shall sink, and the dark ocean floor shall ascend amidst universal pandemonium.”