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December 15, 2013

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Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

by Girish Kumar

*Spoiler Free*

Balin: It never ceases to amaze me, the courage of Hobbits...

Director:

Peter Jackson

Producer:

Peter JacksonCarolynne CunninghamZane Weiner & Fran Walsh

Screenplay:

Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Guillermo del Toro

Cast:

Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins.

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield

Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug and Necromancer

Orlando Bloom as Legolas

Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel

Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman

Lee Pace as Thranduil

Stephen Fry as Master of Lake-town

Graham McTavish as Dwalin

Ken Stott as Balin

Aidan Turner as Kíli

Dean O’Gorman as Fíli

Mark Hadlow as Dori

Jed Brophy as Nori

Adam Brown as Ori

John Callen as Óin

Peter Hambleton as Glóin

William Kircher as Bifur

James Nesbitt as Bofur

Stephen Hunter as Bombur

Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn

Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown

Craig Hall as Galion.

Ryan Gage as Alfrid

John Bell as Bain

Mark Mitchinson as Braga

Manu Bennett as Azog

Lawrence Makoare as Bolg

Ben Mitchell as Narzug

Dallas Barnett as Bill Ferny Sr

Music:

Howard Shore

Based Upon The Hobbit  by J. R. R. Tolkien

Review:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the sequel to last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyDesolation starts with a flashback and then continues sometime after the events of the last movie. This movie sees the group of Thirteen Dwarves and a Burglar face more Orcs, Spiders, Wood Elves and Smaug. Gandalf on the other hand investigates The Necromancer which is the first sign of Sauron’s return.

I’d like to begin by saying that this is so much better than what An Unexpected Journey was! There is a marked improvement in the pacing, the special effects, everything. The battle sequences were amazing, the characters were much better and visual effects was stunning.

As a fan of the books, I was trying to find out what they did wrong and the only thing i could come up with was right at the starts- The House of Beorn. The 3D and the visual effects there were just irritating. That scene was completely changed  from the book. Honestly, I really hoped they had done it like in the book, it seemed more interesting.

The writers have either taken certain scenes fromt he book and changed it up a bit, or just added their own stuff. Personally, I really liked the new scenes and them not sticking to the book for some of the scenes. I liked the romantic subplot of Tauriel and Killi, and it was so much better than what I had expected of the character of Tauriel. I was skeptic about her addition to the cast, but Evangeline Lilly does the job of an elf very well. Legolas and Tauriel’s fight scenes are among the best in the movie. One more thing I liked was that they took the simple scene where the Dwarves are floating down the river in Barrels, into a scene where the Orcs are chasing them and they are fighting them off. It was really fun watching it!

We see more of Bilbo and his new found ‘courage’. From the spiders to Smaug, Master Burglar kicks ass. Thorin is a wee bit more darker and has more character. He isn’t willing to ruin the chances of them getting their home back.

Martin Freeman is one helluva Bilbo Baggins! Richard Armitage is perfect as Thorin. As mentioned earlier, Evangeline Lilly was amazing

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the sequel to last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyDesolation starts with a flashback and then continues sometime after the events of the last movie. This movie sees the group of Thirteen Dwarves and a Burglar face more Orcs, Spiders, Wood Elves and Smaug. Gandalf on the other hand investigates The Necromancer, which is the first sign of Sauron’s return.

I’d like to begin by saying that this is so much better than what An Unexpected Journey was! There is a marked improvement in the pacing, the special effects, everything. The battle sequences were amazing, the characters were much better and visual effects were stunning.

As a fan of the books, I was trying to find out what they did wrong and the only thing I could come up with was right at the start- The House of Beorn. The 3D and the visual effects there were just irritating. That scene was completely changed from the book and honestly, I really hoped they had done it like in the book; it seemed more interesting.

The writers have either taken certain scenes from the book and changed it up a bit, or just added their own stuff. Personally, I really liked the new scenes and them not sticking to the book for some of the scenes. I liked the romantic subplot of Tauriel and Killi, and it was so much better than what I had expected of the character of Tauriel. I was skeptic about her addition to the cast, but Evangeline Lilly does the job of an elf very well. Legolas and Tauriel’s fight scenes are among the best in the movie. One more thing I liked was that they took the simple scene of the Dwarves floating down the river in Barrels, into a scene where the Orcs are chasing them and they are fighting them off. It was really fun watching it!

We see more of Bilbo and his new found ‘courage’ in this movie. From the spiders to Smaug, Master Burglar kicks ass. Thorin is a wee bit darker and has more character this time around. He isn’t willing to ruin the chances of them getting their home back.

Martin Freeman is one helluva Bilbo Baggins! Richard Armitage is perfect as Thorin. As mentioned earlier, Evangeline Lilly was amazing as Tauriel, and Legolas too. Who knew he was such an ass before LoTR. Lee Pace’s cold and majestic Thranduil was amazing. And now we come to Smaug.

Whatever I say about Benedict’s voice isn’t enough to describe the perfection with which he gave a certain degree of regality and pride to Smaug’s voice. His baritone is perfectly suited for the voice. And the 30 minutes we spend with him, isn’t enough. His Necromancer had only a couple of lines throughout the movie and probably we’ll see more of it next time.

From start to the cliffhanger like ending, Desolation of Smaug is a far superior movie than its Predecessor. If the previous one underwhelmed you, this should change your mind about the series.  The music in the film was also amazing. In the days leading up to the release, I spent my time listening to the Soundtrack and it was truly amazing.

As the credits rolled we heard Ed Sheeran’s I See Fire, a song he wrote and recorded for the movie. I am not ashamed to admit that as the credits were rolling I was singing the song loudly and the others in the theatre were staring. But it was worth it.

Watching The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug in IMAX 3D something that one should experience. Watching Smaug in IMAX 3D was just the icing on the cake.

as Tauriel, and Legolas too. Who knew he was such an ass before LoTR. Lee Pace’s cold and majestic Thranduil was amazing. And now we come to Smaug.

Whatever I say about Benedict’s voice isn’t enough to describe the perfection with which he gave a certain degree of regality and pride to Smaug’s voice. His baritone is perfectly suited for the voice. And the 30 minutes we spend with him, isn’t enough. His Necromancer had only a couple of lines throughout the movie and probably we’ll see more of it next time.

From start to the cliff-hanger like ending, Desolation of Smaug is a far superior movie than its Predecessor. If you were underwhelmed by the previous one, this should change your mind about the series.  The music in the film was also amazing. In the days leading upto the release, I spent my time listening to the Soundtrack and it was truly amazing.

As the credits rolled we heard Ed Sheeran’s I See Fire, a song he wrote and recorded for the movie. I am not ashamed to admit that as the credits were rolling I was singing the song loudly and the others in the theatre were staring. But it was worth it.

Watching The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug in IMAX 3D something that one should experience. Watching Smaug in IMAX 3D was just the icing on the cake.

Final Verdict:

9/10

Thorin: If this is to end in fire, then we shall all burn together

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