Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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* This review does not contain spoilers*

If you have read the book, then any of this won’t be a spoiler for you, but then again, they kinda changed it around and added a new character into the mix.

If people were worried about this movie because of the first movie – don’t be. This was so much better than the first film. Of course, the first film was about introducing characters, but became bothersome when they introduced singing and dancing (which I found distracting) and the 48 frames per second during the Goblin scene that gave me a migraine. This film The Desolation of Smaug was so much more.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUGThere was more character development for our Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his relationship with the One Ring. We see him go through some changes because of his need to keep it. Soon enough, we will see how the ring almost destroys him… and then changes him into this in The Lord of the Rings.

What the ring had done to Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings

What the ring had done to Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings

But we also see Bilbo developing courage and wit. As we saw in the trailer, he does interact with The Great and Powerful dragon, Smaug. It’s his quick wit and strength that doesn’t allow him to die (This is NO spoiler, he lives for The Lord of the Rings).

We also see the growth within the dwarves. We begin to see changes in dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield. I’m not sure for the better or for the worst, but this adventure changes him. It seems like he is fighting with himself to not become like his ancestors (who was greedy for gold). His personality becomes unpredictable.

the hobbit - kiliWe really get to know Kili ( “the hot one”, played by Aidan Turner) and give him a possible love story subplot. Of course, that wasn’t in the book, but honestly, it was so well acted, that it doesn’t matter. It’s still a good story.

We are introduced to the Woodland RealmĀ  elves, Legolas (Orlando Bloom), King Thranduil (Lee Pace), and new non-Tolkien character, Tauriel (Evangeline Lily). We all know Legolas was a “badass” in The Lord of the Rings film and that has not changed.

hobbit-desolation-of-smaug-evangeline-lilly-665Tauriel is a new character that many purist Tolkien fans had some issues with, but I have to say, she was a nice addition to this testosterone-filled film. She added strength, sympathy and morality to the story. She did what we all would had wanted to do if we were in that situation. With that, I approve of her character.

The special effects and CGI in the movie was wonderfully done. Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch)’s body and just everything about him was so realistic. They did such an amazing job with the character and the way he moved and acted. Cumberbatch’s voice did play a hand in the character’s personality, but the CGI was just so brilliant. I expect The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to win many awards in the special effects category and in cinematography.

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The film’s action sequences were also a plus. The choreography of the fights were so fun to watch and we see many of that. Trust me, you will enjoy the fight scenes. It was very entertaining.

Overall, this film flowed continuously and never slowed down for a scenery moment or for a song or for random characters to be displayed. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was a story being told and was told beautifully. We see and learn more about the characters and begin empathize with them.

Director Peter Jackson gave the audience what they wanted – a story that leaves us hanging at the edge of our seats. He will make you crave for the next year’s third and final film: The Hobbit: There and Back Again. We all just have to wait a whole year for it.

Grade: A

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