Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Hobbit:Desolation of Smaug Review

The Hobbit:Desolation of Smaug Review
Director : Peter Jackson

Cast Headliners: Martin Freeman, Ian McKlellan , Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly

Original Release Date: December 13th, 2013
  The Lord of the Rings trilogy of films was a stellar adaption of quintessential fantasy novels.  It worked then since each of the epic three novels were translated into a single movie each, with some things being shuffled around or included into the extended director home video cuts.  Now with these Hobbit prequels, it’s all been made screwy. Originally meant to just be a two part straight up conversion, the singular Hobbit book is now an intricate trilogy of films.  I did enjoy the first part An Unexpected Journey from last year very, very much but that was more of a traditional movie. Because it is pretty obvious that this film was cut from material not meant to standalone, though it has worked out quite well, I will not review it in a normal way. Instead, here are the thoughts of a hardcore Tolkein fan on this crazy creation Peter Jackon has made, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug:
- Beorn, woah cool fellow!
- Gorgeous Peter Jackson scenery and aesthetic
- Amazing visual effects during action sequences
- Darker vibe than the previous film
- Legolas, ludicrously awesome
- Tauriel, an interesting and cool character
- Gandalf’s entire plotline, fan dream to see the Necromancer stuff on screen and makes sense
- The Wood Elves in general, and King Thrainduil
- Oh out of order, but an great spider battle very reminiscent of the bug scene from King Kong, which is a good thing
- When Bilbo has a chance to take, great as always thanks to Martin Freeman
- Lake-town’s vibe and its new characters of Bard(the underrated Luke Evans) and the Master(the wonderful Stephen Fry)
- SMAUG, wow. Amazing choice to use Benedict Cumberbatch who has followed up his performance as Khan with another great villain role. And also the most awe inspiring dragon ive ever seen on film. 
- The ending Smaug action sequences, wow
- The Legolas/Tauriel vs Orcs, well done finale

-          The very fact it exists in the first place as assembled from other footage, in this case over a third of the film was meant for AUJ
- Not enough Beorn, very rushed and seems much was rushed
-          Less humor/small moments for the characters aka telling the dwarves apart.  Some are still very mysterious, show us more!
-          The darker vibe makes it feel odd, neither hobbit nor LOTR at times and thus nebulous
-           Bilbo needed more dialogue and focus this time
-           The Kili/Tauriel/Legolas love triangle, eugh total fan fictionish on Peter Jackson’s part and largely uneeded
-           Cliffhangers actually being slightly lame, making it feel tense but unfinished!
-           Perhaps at times the final action set pieces ran a bit long
-           Evidence of the stretch to three films
Overall, I had a great time seeing it. One can’t deny Peter Jackson’s ability to craft an epic blockbuster. This film contains some of the novel’s best moments, and it comes through to a largely great though not perfect effect.  It feels a bit hodge podge at times, but it really is bursting with a lot of happenings.  It’s one of those middle parts that needs to happen for the final part of the story to work.  This is the “build up” film, and so I take that into consideration when critiquing it.   Because of how LOTR’s final film turned out, I am incredibly excited for the film of next December.  If you’re a fan, you’ll most definitely love it.  If you’re not, don’t see it too much ruckus.   9.05 out of 10

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