The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – 2013 Review

BY RUBY CHINGU

So yesterday, Palah Chingu and I went to the cinema to check out the sequel to first Hobbit movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The second installment, I have to say, is so much better compared to the first that made me yawn during several scenes. hobbit 2

Rating: 7/10

Directed and written by: Peter Jackson

Plot:

The Hobbit 2 is basically the continuation of the Hobbit 1. The company of dwarves, led by the Thorin, heir to the crown of Erebor, embarked on a journey to the Lonely Mountain to retrieve the Arkenstone which would give Thorin the right to unite and rule the dwarves. Accompanying them was our titutlar character, Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who was also a skilled burglar. They encountered many obstacles – mostly with regards to travelling through lands belonging to other rulers. With a lot of action and adventure, they managed to overcome the obstacles and reached the Lonely Mountain, where Bilbo Baggins was ordered by Thorin to search of the Arkenston in the castle where Smaug, the dragon who had killed thousands of people, was resting.

WHAT MAKES THE FILM ENJOYABLE?

The cinematography. The scenes are captured so well – the mountains, the gardens, the river, the landscape, the costumes, everything. The Hobbit is such a visual pleasure to the eyes. It is as if the audience were being transferred to a different universe where the hobbits, dwarves and elves actually exist. The constume, I have to say, is my favourite part of the movie. Each species wore different kind of clothings. The dwarves, being the nomads that they were, wore simple thick ugly-coloured clothes. The elves, being the tall elegant creatures, wore better-fitted refined clothes.

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The pace is undoubtedly much better than the first movie. The Hobbit 1 felt like a two-hour long introduction of the characters, their motivation etc etc and the beginning of the journey. This film felt like THE journey, where the dwarves, instead of just walking around, actually did some stuffs. Kick-butt, steal, bribe etc etc in the effort to reach the Lonely Mountain and reclaim their homeland. There is not one moment of boredom in this film.

The acting. Looking at the list of cast, one does not worry much. We have Martin Freeman as the Hobbit, who is also playing Watson in Sherlock, the BBC Series. We also have Sir Ian McKellen as Galdalf, amazing as usual as the old wizard. Then we have Lee Pace as Thranduil, the Elvenking, who is my favourite character in the film. And Richard Armitage as Thorin. Richard, Richard, Richard… I’ve known him for a few years now, since he acted in North and South, a BBC mini-series that was so good it made me cried. And a lot many others.

Tauriel and Kili. The unexpected loveline between and elf-woman and a dwarf. Tauriel was the captain/chief of the guards serving under Thranduil, the Elvenking. When the company of dwarves was captured by the Elvenking’s guards, Kili was placed in a prison. Tauriel, who was patrolling the area, and Kili had a nice sweet conversation and thus, a loveline was born! When the dwarves finally managed to escape the prison, Kili, however, was poisoned and Tauriel went against the Elvenking’s order to run after him and save him. Is that not the sweetest thing ever?

MY FAVOURITE PART OF THE MOVIE IS….

Thranduil, The Elvenking, played by the actor Lee Pace. It was, simply put, love at the first sight. The moment he appeared on screen, I knew I was in love. He was so amazingly narcistic, elegant, egoistical, beautiful and disturbing at the same time. I was soldddddd…. He is, from now on, my King,… My lord, my love etc etc…

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Who else can work a crown worn reversed like that?! He’s working the style, bitch!

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I admit it, I like narcissistic guys. Too late to deny it anymore. Guys who have profound love and admiration towards themselves – yeah, that’s what I am looking for.

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Presenting his real face, which, I think, is still super handsome!

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If you are into fantasy movie, I highly reccommend this film. It is a very well-executed fantasy movie. Even though I have not watched the Lord of the Ring movies (yup, all three. All LOTR fans, don’t kill me), I managed to enjoy the Hobbit(1&2) very much, mostly due to the stellar acting by the cast and the great great cinematography.

And of course, J.R.R. Tolkien, the novelist who wrote the great saga. Dear dead writer, tell me, where did you learn to write like that?

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