The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug review

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy and one that made people worry whether it would live up to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Let me say first, I was a huge fan of the first Hobbit film. Sure it wasn’t the most action packed, but the first film focused primarily on character development and back stories. Desolation of Smaug focused more on the journey and action to the Lonely Mountain as the Dwarves faced against giant spiders, wood elves, Orcs and a giant freakin’ dragon. This journey really was a roller coaster from beginning to end.

“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here.” – Gandalf

Please do not let the fact that the movie ending abruptly disappoint you. You should all know that this is in fact a three-part movie and not the conclusion. So when it ends in the Doc Brown’s “Where we’re going, we dont need roads…”-fashion, please don’t get pissed off like that one guy did in my theater.

As for the 3D aspect of the film, I can say nothing bad about it. Although my eyes did strain at a point in the beginning portion of the film. The rest of it was clear as day and was amazing. I am a bit worried about seeing it in 48 frames per second though.

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Now to dive in a bit deeper without giving away any spoilers.

The portrayal of the newly-developed character, Tauriel (Evenageline Lily), was actually perfect. Although not a character from the books, she brought the woman’s touch, strength and ability to face adversity in a way that I feel Eowyn could not in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. She didn’t push back and act whiny like Eowyn, and she was able to make her own choices without giving anything a second thought. And her being caring is something I didn’t expect as well.

Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) has a much bigger role in this film than I had anticipated. I expected him to do more in the third film, but he did quite well in displaying the tension between the Dwarves and himself.

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I was a bit worried about the reintroduction of Legolas, however, that quickly changed. One of my favorite interactions was when Legolas walk talking to Gloin. He kicked more ass in this one film than in all of the three Lord of the Rings films combined.

King Thandruil provided the perfect character to both hate and respect, even though he is technically one of the good guys.

Benedict Cumberbatch was brought on to the film to play as Smaug and the Necromancer. For Smaug, his powerful voice and presence really did justice to the fire-breathing dragon.

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The rest of the characters were already in the previous films and did their job well, but it was nice to see Kili having a bigger role.

Overall I would say that the film did more than meet my expectations, and the group that saw it with me all loved it for the most part. The last thing to say is don’t worry, the eagles don’t show up in this one, although I wish they did.

Grade: A

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