Friday, December 20, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

Hi Everyone,

My dear friend Jasmine invited me to the movies with her and her friends and I was happy to go. I truly enjoyed the first installment of The Hobbit and I was looking forward to the second one of the three part series. 

Storyline: The journey of title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild (Richard Armitage). Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring that aides him in the journey. After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves.

My Thoughts:

I saw the movie in Imax 3D to get the full effects. I must admit I enjoyed that there were actually 3D effects. There were things that came at me and really helped me to feel like I was in the movie. The overall visual effects were well done and the colors were crisp. The dragon was creepy on a whole other level with 3D effects and the attention to detail when constructing the monster. I am sure the director, Peter Jackson was very happy with the end product. 

The movie was surprisingly action packed. I mean I was really surprised about the amount of action and fighting occurred. The Elves are back with a vengeance. We see our friend Legolas (Orlando Bloom) a lot along with a new comer, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly). The elves are running around killing everything from spiders to Orcs that I almost want to rename the whole movie to The Hobbit: Legolas is awesome. He literally jumps on the dwarves' heads while they ride down a river and kills Orcs with a sword or arrow. He does amazing fight sequences along with Tauriel that I almost forget that the hobbit is supposed to be the star. 

The Hobbit was a very short book but Jackson has really found a way to make this story into a trilogy without it feeling disjointed. 

The Spider scene was great. Watching the characters lose their way on their journey was sad and then to be captured by spiders of all creatures was amazing. My friend Jasmine is afraid of spiders and had to turn away during the whole scene but if spiders do not bother you then you will enjoy it. If they do scare you then turn away as well. 

The dragon - from visual effects, to movement, to voice acting was perfect. I felt like I met a dragon. He moved with almost a snake like slither and gave off the proper amount of sinister. He made you feel like any shiny bauble you may have, he will take it. 

Overall the movie was fun and I would recommend it if you enjoy that type of movie. If you enjoy action then there is more than enough for you to come away satisfied. Check the movie out and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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