Small Screen Comparision: The Hobbit: TDoS

Posted on by 5WC in Film, Opinion
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Having already reviewed The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug when I saw it last year in the cinema is seems a little foolish to write another review. And so, it seemed to make more sense, in the same way as I did for Gravity, to compare how the film transfers from the large screen to the small. And how that effects, improves or changes the viewing experience.

The first thing that really hit me, and it was surprising, as it hadn’t happen at all with the first film, or even the Lord of the Rings trilogy, was that on the smaller screen this film just lost all its impact. It felt cramped, it felt squeezed. It didn’t feel anything like the spectacle it had in the cinema. Whether, unlike previous outings was because this was the first of Peter Jackson’s JRR Tolkien films I was watching at home in 3D I don’t know, but it actually ruined the film slightly. This sense of compaction and loss of depth and connection to the film was so striking in the opening sequences that I did actually think at one point of getting up and changing it for the 2D version instead.
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Film Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Peter Jackson returns with the 2nd helping of The Hobbit. The Desolation of Smaug. I really enjoyed the first film, and dear I say it, I actually enjoy the plot and story of The Hobbit more than the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. However, Mr Jackson’s decision to use all source material – whether through a dedication and love to the world created by JRR Tolkien, or a cynical marketing ploy to stretch and pad the timeline to such an extent he can edit it into three films is for another debate.

However, Smaug the magic dragon puff’s his way brilliant back onto our big screen. As it’s the “middle movie” we don’t need character set up, karaoke night at the local all you can eat or a reintroduction to middle earth. We simply need and get “Action!”. Read more