The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug


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The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is exciting and spectacular, but a bit too long!
It definitely makes for a more engaging viewing than the first instalment and conveys the fantasy the way it was intended. However, it still suffers from the problem of an overstretched narrative that almost tends towards boredom at times.
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
It goes without saying that the pre-requisite for watching this film is seeing the first part (An Unexpected Journey), without which you can’t even make head or tail out of it. With innumerable fictional characters and layered precedent history, it is mandatory to have a firm grip on the developments leading to this film to actually enjoy this thrilling ride. If you learn about the basic characters, the doltish screenplay will guide you through with ease. The film is never slow or dull. In fact, the plot moves at a brisk pace and never gives you any chance to divert. Visually too, the effective 3D and neat VFX absorb you completely into this stimulating journey. The sets, the background score, the vivid on screen display, everything is top-notch.
Although the film never matches the depth in content displayed by the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series, it entertains you thoroughly, undoubtedly much more than the first part. The genuineness of the characters connects with you instantly, especially of the protagonist. What bothers you is the length of the film. With a runtime of more than 2 hours 45 minutes, after a while it actually seems like a very long journey. The magnificent Dragon, is wonderfully projected, but is stupefied by some unnecessarily long scenes of useless talking and several unsuccessful attempts of killing the dwarfs. Although when it ends, it arouses anticipation for the next part that is to come.
Of the cast, each one is superb. The casting couldn’t have been better, and the performances suite the occasion every single time. Martin Freeman as the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins forms such a deep connect, that you always root for him, and are literally protective about him. Ian Mckellen and Richard Armitage, among others, are brilliant too.
In all, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is fascinating and gorgeous, but is dampened by the fact that it’s way too long. Albeit, definitely worth a watch!
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