It doesn’t feel like a whole year has passed since The Hobbit came out last Christmas time, but here we are again with the second instalment of the three part franchise. I have to say I am quite impressed at how they have managed to fill out the story to warrant three very long films, but is it entirely necessary??
The Desolation of Smaug sees the Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf still trekking across hell and high water to get to The Lonely Mountain. We meet some new characters, but we also get to see some characters from the first Hobbit of course, as well as an old friend from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, namely Legolass. For me Legolass’ return was the ultimate highlight of the film, but this is probably due to the fact it was making me very nostalgic. Not long gone are the days when I had a Legolass poster on my bedroom wall and went to see the first LOTR FIVE times at the cinema due to my minor obsession with the blond elf. But I digress…
Martin Freeman plays an excellent Bilbo, an even more solid performance the second time round. You can see the changes in him as the journey takes its toll, and the power of the ring starts to weigh on him gradually. He has also learnt some pretty good fighting skills now he has a little more gumption about him! His interactions with the Dwarves are great and pulls the story along through the boring bits… Boring bits?! Yes, this film is 2 hours and 20 minutes long, I guess it couldn’t have been gripping for the whole 150 minutes!
The Dwarves are all great in their own rights, their characters are really starting to show. Couldn’t help thinking that they should have names like Grumpy, Greedy, Dopey and so on, but I suppose their individual characters make them stand out from one another. Although Thorin (Richard Armitage) is starting to annoy me a little as his Dwarfish characteristics become more apparent. I am not sure how I feel about the Elf – Dwarf love interest either… weird.
There are a couple of fantastic scenes that really stuck in my head during this film, namely the Dwarves escape in barrels down the rapids, Gandalf’s encounter with evil, and the attack of the giant spiders to name a few. I felt the interactions between Bilbo and Smaug dragged on a little, never the less Benedict Cumberbatch does an excellent Dragon impression! Plus the scenes in the caves are visually stunning. As a matter of fact this film sees so many giant and impressive landscapes, the whole thing really is quite awe inspiring to the eyeballs.
I was just happy that I could see Legolass kick some butt again, his character isn’t explored at all though except for a minor glimpse into his heritage. I am hoping for some more blond elf action in the final installment, however I don’t believe he is in the book so Peter Jackson will have to make some thing up!
I am not going to go into detail about all the characters, actors and story line because it is just far too vast. I will say that I enjoyed this film, and it should definitely be seen on the big screen. I think stretching the story into 3 parts is pushing it, but I am eagerly anticipating the finale. I will give honourable mentions though to Lee Pace as Thranduil (Legolass’ father) because its such a different role than Pushing Daisies where I know him from. I enjoyed Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Steven Fry’s appearance was fun, although it slipped into BBC drama territory momentarily!
My POV, go and see it if you are a fan, the visual effects will blow you away if nothing else.
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