Matthew joins The LAMBCast for a look back at The Lord of the Rings trilogy!

The Lambcast

I’m back once again on the official podcast of the Large Association of Movie Blogs. This episode is part of the Movie of the Month series but is instead taking on the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. The episode is over two hours long, but it was a really fun discussion about 12+ hours of movie, so that makes sense.

Below I’ve included JustWatch links for the extended edition of each film, plus my ratings out of five and an embedded player for the episode. You can also listen to the LAMBCast anywhere you listen to podcasts.

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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

Peter Jackson is an interesting film maker. A background in indie films, specifically indie horror films, he was raised to the top of the A-List when he successfully pulled off adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s _The Lord of the Rings_ trilogy to the big screen. Those movies are not perfect by any stretch but the books were so rich and full of detail that the theatrical releases actually felt like they were lacking despite being a combined length of over 9 hours.

Now we’re on the second part of his adaptation of _The Hobbit_, the book that preceded the epic trilogy that was _The Lord of the Rings_. That book however is actually pretty short and while it has enough detail to serve the story’s purpose it has nowhere near the depth or scope that the later trilogy does.

Herein lies one of the problems with _The Desolation of Smaug_: You can’t turn a 300 page book into 9 hours of movie without padding the story, and Jackson has padded the story so much, and messed up the pacing so much, that while I don’t think it’s a bad film I also don’t think it’s a great one.

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