The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
3 / 5
A solid film continuing Bilbo’s journey across Middle-Earth.
The second instalment in this film franchise of J. R. R. Tolkein’s novel ‘The Hobbit’ is a satisfactory continuation on from the first film. I found the film had made a good attempt at transforming this classic and brilliant novel to the big screen, however, I felt there were some unnecessary introductions to the film which did not feature in the book and did not add anything important to the film. Despite these reservations I felt the film was a decent attempt at bridging the beginning and the ending of the remarkable journey of Bilbo Baggins together. The journey took them to the Elvish kingdom, Mirkwood, Laketown and the Lonely Mountain. And they also encountered many creatures such as orks, elves, a bear, men and a dragon.
An aspect which was particularly spectacular was the special effects and the set designs that were involved in the film. The Elvish kingdom left myself and the audience awestruck as the labyrinth and the countless stairways created a setting which was encapsulating to watch. Another location which was just as incredible and magnificent was the Lonely Mountain, the home of the dragon Smaug, voiced by the terrific Benedict Cumberbatch. The vastness of Smaug’s treasure is endless and the scenes within the walls of this awe-inspiring place where exciting and kept me unblinking throughout the action.
I felt the film was a good film but it wasn’t an edge of the seat thriller that I was hoping for. I had been anticipating a series of films just as good as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and equalling The Hobbit book, but I feel the first two films in The Hobbit franchise have not been quite as good as I had hoped. There seems to be a spark missing somewhere, which I hope features in the final film, because the cast is a brilliant line up, and Peter Jackson is the perfect director for these films. Therefore, I feel this film has been used more as a build up to the final film so inevitably this film has sacrificed an explosive finale in order to set the third film up for the compelling conclusion.
I would recommend this film to anyone that has read The Hobbit novel and is a fan of Peter Jackson’s work with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is a film that has its moments of action and entertainment however it won’t go down as a classic movie or even among the top 3 of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.