The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Category: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Age Restriction: 10-12PG

Length: 161min

Well known names: Ian Mckellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Peter Jackson (Director)

Rating: 8/10

The Desolation of Smaug is the second part in the Hobbit film trilogy and it takes on a different feel to the book because extra scenes have been written into the screenplay to stretch it over three films, but also to fill out the storyline and present it from different perspectives and not just from Bilbo’s.

In the second film there are a lot of adventures taking place as the dwarfs continue on their journey with Bilbo to the Lonely Mountain, but it’s still the middle of the original story, which leaves it feeling as if there’s no real start or ending to it. You don’t have the satisfaction of a final conclusion to take home with you.

As expected from Peter Jackson, the imagery is breathtaking with a lot of attention being put on the small details to really make this fantasy world come alive. Smaug the dragon is one of the amazing achievements from this film’s CGI content and done truly well. He looks magnificent.

Along with writing in extra scenes to fill out the storyline, extra characters have also joined the plot. They don’t always feel as though they should be a part of the story, but they do serve a purpose in the bigger picture. Along with the new characters, there are also some of the original characters from the book who don’t feature as prominently as I thought they would.

In all, the main characters in the film are well-rounded and full of on-screen energy. They make it feel like your imagination has come to life and Martin Freeman does an excellent job of portraying Bilbo Baggins and his progression throughout this adventure.

Lastly, this film has quite a dark undertone that sometimes lightens with quirky humour and comedic antics, but it’s still darker than the book intended. I found this a bit saddening as the book is such a precious, light story told from Bilbo’s perspective. I understand that there is an evil threat to Middle Earth and that this needs to be depicted dramatically, but I sometimes just wish that we could keep our focus on the good.

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