These past 2 weekends have been fun. There was my Vandalur visit followed the next day by a movie. The weekend before this had me catching a movie too. In this post I’m inspired to write a brief review of The Hobbit 2 : The Desolation of Smaug. This review is especially aimed at you, so you can see if you two would like to watch it on the big screen yourself before it leaves theatres.
I will not detail the storyline or plot flow lest I ruin your chance to figure things out for yourself when you’re munching on some popcorn and getting ready to see the flick on the big screen. Without further ado…
If you thought the first part (The Hobbit 1 : An Unexpected Journey) was awesome, then you’re in for a draconian eye-opener in this part. The movie has one of the best plot flows I’ve seen in films of this genre and brings back several special memories of the Lord of the Rings movies. The director sure has outdone himself and you can see his passion for all things Middle Earth through these films.
For those of you who have read the book, you’ll notice Peter Jackson (the director I mentioned just now) has suffused a bunch of keen literary elements into this part of the movie, which is rather tricky to do when trying to mix books and movies into a seamless flow. This especially includes Smaug’s dialogues. With a voiceover of such power, elegance and clarity Benedict Cumberbatch (of ‘BBC Sherlock’ and ‘Star Trek: Into The Darkness’ fame) was the best casting decision for Hobbit 2’s very own ‘Dragon Under The Mountain’.
Gandalf (played by the inimitable Ian McKellan) uses a lot more magic than we have seen him wield in these movies and is present at a crucial ‘Sauron moment’ in the movie that explains a lot of things as to the Dark Lord’s origins and rise to power in Mordor. That brief scene ended up being one of my favorites in The Hobbit 2.
Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman) and Thorin Oakenshield (played by Richard Armitage) keep the plot flowing beautifully with some well-timed acting. Evangeline Lily (of ‘Lost’ and ‘Real Steel’ fame) looks absolutely stunning in the guise of a Mirkwood elf, namely Tauriel (female comic con fans are certain to keep her in mind).
Legolas (played by Orlando Bloom) walks a path of both romance and responsibility, highlighting his origins as a Prince of the Mirkwood realm. His older brother Thranduil (played by Lee Pace) adds to the rich wealth of characters and back stories in Hobbit 2. I had hoped Thranduil would be given more screen time, seeing as how he is one of the oldest elves of his race with many a lore to tell, but no matter, the movie still ran like a charm.
Of course, the action sequences rock, the CG effects are spectacular and the chase choreography (there are at least three chases in this movie) are nothing short of incredible. As for the dragon, well… Let’s just say Smaug has set the standards rather high for digital dragons in any media the world over.
Catch this movie in 3D and you’re certain to come out of it silently begging Peter Jackson to unleash the last and final part of The Hobbit from Middle Earth and into Earth as soon as possible.