The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Review
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second movie in The Hobbit film series and is directed by Peter Jackson. It is based off of The Hobbit book by J. R. R. Tolkien. The book The Hobbit is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings also written by J. R. R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings was also made into a film series which was also directed by Peter Jackson.
Like any fan of The Lord of the Rings, I was both excited and apprehensive when I heard that Peter Jackson was making The Hobbit into a movie. As we all know, Peter Jackson has a method to his madness. We all expect a certain quality to his work. We expect to see the beautiful country side of New Zealand. We expect the ornate detailing of clothing, tools, homes, etc. We also expect that whatever movie Peter Jackson directs, it will be at least three hours long. This is his method.
After watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey I left the theater wanting more of the story. So when word got out that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was in production, I could not wait to see it. Overall, I thought the film was fantastic. However the one element that left me scratching my head is the love triangle between Kili one of the dwarves (Aidan Turner), Tauriel the she-elf (Evangeline Lilly) and Legolas another elf (Orlando Bloom). What leaves me scratching my head is that Tauriel is a new character, and I am not quite sure how her character is going to play out in the series, because you do not hear of her in The Lord of the Rings. As a woman, I am all for a strong female character in a movie, especially if she is independent and if she can kick butt too, that is a plus. In this instance though, I think that she is playing a role solely in which we can get a little bit of Legolas’ background story. I always enjoy seeing background stories of prominent characters; however, it does make me a little sad if this is her only purpose in the film. It leaves me wanting more from her and her own backstory.
What I absolutely loved about the film was that you finally got to see Smaug the dragon and his dialogue with Baggins. There was so much detail within those scenes alone, that I feel like Peter Jackson might have spent most of his budget for that. After all, this is a Peter Jackson film. So you can expect a Peter Jackson end.
Despite my critiques, I would still recommend this film to my friends, coworkers and family members, just because it is a beautifully crafted movie, the music is spot on, the editing is smooth and it makes you feel like you are part of the quest. The only question now is, will he make a third film in the series? Who knows? Because The Lord of the Rings picks up where The Hobbit drops off, we will just have to be patient and see.