The Desolation of Smaug: Rant 2

Ok, here is my last major complaint about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The big battle with the dragon, Smaug, inside the dwarven city. It was exciting, spectacularly directed, acted and the special effects were mind boggling. Unfortunately it never happened in the book. None of it. In the book, for those who have not read it, Bilbo is sent down the secret tunnel to spy out the dragons lair. His first trip he steals a golden cup, and the second is when he has his conversation with the dragon and almost gets torched. They showed some of the conversation in the movie and then it all went into left field. In the book, the dwarves never see Smaug. Smaug can’t find them and decides that they must have came from Lake Town. It is then that he flies off and goes after the town. There is only one reason I can think of for doing it the way they did. Smaug himself. They knew they had a masterpiece with Smaug and decided to really show him off and stretch out his screen time. They were going for a great adventure movie, just not a great adventure movie named The Hobbit. Even with all the back story from Tolkien’s appendixes, two movies would have been sufficient to tell an amazing story that would have done as well. I am thinking that Hollywood got too much influence and really wanted to milk it for all it is worth. It is well known by now that The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit, are the only stuff that they have the rights to. So once the movie, The Hobbit is done, they are out of Tolkien material to make money off of. So if the bottom line and not the material is their main focus, of course they would twist things into whatever they believe would make them more money, and it certainly looks like it will work for them. There are many more things that happened in the movie that I could complain about, but Tolkien fans know what they are, and the rest of you get the point anyway. Once more, thanks for letting me vent.

 

If anyone is wondering, yes I will see the last installment. Like I said, it is a good adventure movie.

 

Thoughts?

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