Punky’s Movie Experiment: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 

What a Badass epic Poster

What a Badass epic Poster

They’re not taking the Hobbits to Isengard but man, this is a very fun movie to review, so let’s get down to business!

This film continues the journey of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Thorin and his 12 dwarves (Balin,Dwalin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Nori, Dori and Ori. Yes, all of them) in the second film in the trilogy of the Hobbit. After escaping from Azog and his gang of orcs, the group gets closer to its goal; Erebor. They will have to face the dragon Smaug, and try to recover their home and piles of treasure. Along the way are many obstacles and setbacks that make the road very difficult. However, with the help of new allies, they are able to approach their dangerous destination. Can a simple little Hobbit stop the giant and furious Smaug? For the answer, you’ll just have to go see it with lots of popcorn.

Bilbo trying to catch a couple of Butterfrees. Brutal

Bilbo trying to catch a couple of Butterfrees. Brutal

Thoughts: If you thought ‘An Unexpected Journey’ was a bit slow for your liking, you may be happy to know that this sequel is full of action and suspense, so much so that you will not realize how long it is (161 minutes). It has its funny scenes, plenty of action, but what stands out most is the drama and tension of whether they will or will not accomplish their mission. If you read the book, you are going to notice a new character at one point. When they joined the team, I thought it would not be a good move, but after seeing them in action, I feel it was a great idea.

One criticism that there always is with the books and films of the world in Middle Earth, is that there is no strong female character. Peter Jackson and company managed to create a female warrior elf named Tauriel (played by Evangeline Lilly). She gives a different and refreshing touch to the story, and is a great addition to a cast that is mostly male. No more sausage fest! Speaking of the cast, it’s hard to have so many characters at the same time and make them stood out in their own way. Here they give a more important treatment to some of them that were not that important in the last movie which is a nice touch. Having Tauriel in there brings more story ideas and it helps to stood out the other dwarfs.There are a few technical things that were somewhat disappointing, such as some special effects that got me to suspect they did not have all the time they wanted to fix all the aesthetics in the movie. However. it’s nothing that will be distracting. The music is very good as always, so good that now I’m listening to the entire soundtrack as I write this review. The final scenes are going to leave you wanting more, but we will all have to wait until December next year. I’m pretty sure the wait will be worth it.Would I recommend it: Heck yes! it’s fun and it stays a little loyal with the book even with the few liberties they took by adding new characters. If you’re a huge fan of the series, like me, you will enjoy this film a lot.

Thumbs up or down?: My 2 thumbs are so up, it’s poking Sauron’s eye.

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Punky (11 Posts)

An Elvish Timelord from a galaxy far away who do way too many things at the same time. Her love for films, TV shows and video games have transform her an expert procrastinator.