Just as amazing as the first one!
So I was running late but
saved me a place in line so I could still get changed into costume.
(Thank you Pere again for getting the tickets! <3 <3 <3 And for carrying around all my junk as usual... -O . O-)
There was a costume contest like last year and this time we had a few more people. When everyone got up I knew there was no way I was going to win against the 10 year old Bilbo and Galadriel. It was slightly different this year though. Last year people won based on the intensity of applause from the audience. THIS year they asked us trivia. I was not very confident but the questions were actually really easy. I just wasn't fast enough...until the last question
I owe this win to
because I had recently asked him about the same topic the question was on (answer was Mirkwood).
So I got a bag with a Smaug t-shirt (don't care if it's sizes too big for me! I'm still wearing it!), a Hobbit keychain, and a mug with the same Smaug design on it as the t-shirt. I am hereby dubbing it the SMUG! ^ o ^
I really don't feel I can say much about the actual movie because I don't want to spoil it for anyone. However if you have a few concerns about the film, as I initially did, I can say a few little tidbits that might calm you a bit:
******you might want to stop reading if you really don't want spoilers of any kind
*****just thought I'd give you fair warning
Q: The trailer shows a female elf protagonist that is Peter Jackson's own creation. Is she total a mary-sue?
A: SHUT UP! She is amazing and I love her. <3 They did everything right with her when I didn't think they would. She is someone I would gladly go into battle with and I would have no regrets in cosplaying her.
Q: Romantic subplot?
A: Yes...but not how you expect it. I kind of guessed at what might happen and was somewhat right. A lot of it is ambiguous enough that you don't feel as if it's being shoved down your throat and leaves you (for now anyway) about to form your own opinions about the relationships between certain characters (Live it up Yaoi fan girls!). I do adore the pairing though and it is relevant to the plot.
Q: How is Smaug?
A: Better than I could ever imagine! Literally, because when I first read the book I was slightly bored by Smaug and Bilbo's exchange. That is not the case here...good god it is not. O - O Smaug's design is so incredible I could watch him for hours (Insert Benedict Cumberbatch joke here). On that note of course Cumberbatch does an amazing job with Smaug. You can tell it's him if you're really trying but you can tell he put a lot of work into so that it didn't sound like him. Plus you're so blown away by Smaug that you forget to look for Cumberbatch. Why would you be trying to do that?! Can't you see the Great and Terrible Smaug is talking here?! O o O
Q: Is Radagast still in the film?
A: Heck yes, though his time on screen is briefer than in the previous film but Sylvester McCoy is still fantastic for every moment he's on screen
A: Not really. It's been a long time since I read the book and even though Peter Jackson took a lot of liberties I don't see any problem with them. Towards the end there is a slight lag but it is forgivable.
Q: You SURE you don't have any complaints?
Q. YOU SURRRRREEEE?
A: OKAY FINNNNNEEE! O O O
I HATE THE DAMN ENDING CREDITS SONG! I THINK IT'S EVEN WORSE THAN THE FLUFFY VERSION OF LONELY MOUNTAIN THAT THEY PLAYED AT THE END OF THE FIRST MOVIE!
And I would just like to point out that I was no the only one screaming "NOOOO!" in reaction to the end credits. I need music that doesn't completely distance itself from the film. I need my Enya or my Lennox or my Torrini! It doesn't have to be a girl. It just has to match the tone of the film and THESE TWO SONGS MUST CERTAINLY DO NOT! IT JUST DOES NOT BLEND! IF THE NEXT ONE ENDS ON SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS LIKE A TECHNO DANCE PARTY REMIX I'M GOING TO LOSE IT!
~huff huff~ I'm sorry...needed that little music rant...
As with the first one I really don't see much point to seeing it in 3D. There were some moments where it worked well but I guess I'm just not that big a fan of 3D screenings.