Richard Armitage regrets: When Thorin turns away
The Desolation of Smaug is on TNT right now and so I’m indulging. I’m starting to realize that my capacity to reprocess the same thing dozens of times must be an odd quality — but I’m enjoying it just as much as always. What I noticed today that lets itself be said in a short post: the depth of the grief on Thorin’s face when the dwarves think that they have failed in the quest. It’s an odd scene that ideally should have been longer — it takes the film so long to get us there and then it’s over so quickly, and it’s never been plausible to me that the dwarves leave so quickly. But Richard Armitage’s face is so full of pain, so bleak.