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Yeah, I heard this for the first time while doing some editing to the LOTR mod pack...now, the dragon females actually have more than one name, and there's more than one model for the dragons, which means differentiating characters is a lot easier! Currently playing as Smaug, and I'm in the process of conquering the entirety of Middle Earth to create a glorious homeland for dragonkind! Have hit a mild snag in that the latest OPM I invaded somehow proved to have an insanely powerful army, but I'll deal with that later...
Why the sudden interest in this pack all over again? Well, I saw the last of the Hobbit films today, so Middle Earth was fresh in my mind! The film is easily the best of the series...still flawed, like all the Hobbit movies, but it made up for that with some good action scenes. Although I did sort of think by the end that the series would have worked WAY better as two films rather than three...certainly, all of Smaug's scenes in this film would have worked way better if edited into the last film instead of this one.
I never quite managed to get into the Hobbit films the same way I did the LOTR films...I think the problem I had was that the films were way too long and very little was accomplished during this length (the first film was unbearably long for me; so much of it was taken up by boring wandering sequences that could easily have been trimmed down without affecting the story), the bulk of the dwarves never got much character development (this bugged me, as the making of books showed that so much work had been done to give each of the dwarves a history and a unique personality...and then we saw SO LITTLE of this in the film! Did you know Nori's supposed to be a bit of a criminal, and that Nori looks up to him cause he's the bad boy of the family, but Dori is keeping an eye on his youngest brother and fusses over him as a result? Nope? My point exactly), and some sequences were too silly and felt out of place (the trolls, for instance)...plus some actors seemed miscast to me; don't get me wrong, Stephen Fry and Billy Connolly are great, but the problem is they just come off as Stephen Fry or Billy Connolly in wigs rather than Tolkien characters.
In any case, the first film was a mixed bag for me; some parts I liked, but other parts I didn't, and I felt it was too long. The second film was better, but I still wasn't properly sold until Smaug showed up, then everything past that was great (admittedly, I'm biased here, as I'm a fan of dragons, ruins and ancient machinery coming to life, so this ticked a lot of boxes in my book) at least until the ending, which was a major cop-out. The third film, as noted, was easily the best of the bunch...had some awkward attempts at humour, but the bulk of the film were epic action sequences that felt like the LOTR films, and so were great to watch.
Argh, I could go rambling on forever about this...I'll leave the rest for the comments. Happy Holidays, everyone!
Lord of the Bargain Hunt
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Who am I? I'm a random person who likes solving problems that pop up in various book/film/tv/game/etc series that I pay attention to. Hence, a lot of my work revolves around creating essays, maps, informative pictures, and the odd fan-fic to test out a scenario. I also like designing things, so there's the odd concept there too!
I'm only too happy to help out with things wherever I can...need a quick historical map drawn or want help coming up with a story concept? Send me a message and I'll see what I can do.
Favorite TV showsFriends, I suppose. And Lost, but only once I watched it on DVD.Favorite bands / musical artistsJames Horner - Composer. Nostalgia FTW.Favorite booksWith five bookshelves bursting to the brim, I've too many to count!Favorite gamesAt the moment, games by Bioware and Paradox Interactive.Favorite gaming platformA toss up between PC, Xbox 360 and PS2...although nothing beats PC for modability!Tools of the TradeAdobe Creative SuiteOther InterestsToo many to list!