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August 4, 2017

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) --- "Dragons Are Very Hard To Kill, Especially When There Is Only One Weapon Left."


Plot Summary

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. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south?

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Hello, Movie Buffs!
    This review is to introduce to viewers the idea and the thinking behind the Hobbit films, so viewers can have more of an appreciation for the films.
     First, the difference between Lord of the Ring (LOTR) and the Hobbit is the with LOTR there were three long detailed books, one for each film. Because of this, in LOTR, almost everything required for the script writing was already there and could be interpreted into three individual scripts for three different films. In contrast, the Hobbit was initially written as a children’s book, this explains why everything goes by at a very fast past. However, when Jackson was writing the script for what was initially only going to be one film, he didn’t have very much to work with. Now there are a lot of scenes in the book but they are too summarized for a comprehensive film, and this is why Peter Jackson decided to make three films instead of one. Of course, some viewers disagree, but if you consider how fast he book goes by and you try to incorporate that into a movie then you would miss out on some key characters and scenes. So Jackson had to expand the sequences by the using information he brought in from Tolkien's other related texts.
     Secondly,  in the first film viewers were upset that the film focused “heavily” on the Shire, the movie is called 'THE HOBBIT' and Hobbit's live in The Shire; this scene provides more than adequate characterization of Bilbo's flaws and habits, and  the dwarfs mannerisms, beliefs, ambitions, and importantly individual character points and differentiation; no two dwarves are the same.
     The Desolation of Smaug offers enough action to satisfy viewers who thought the first installment dragged its feet. The Desolation of Smaug picks up where An Unexpected Journey ends and from beginning to end we see action like none we have seen in any J.R.R. Tolkien movie before. The action is more exciting, the visual effects are greatly improved, the pace is seamless, and the danger is ever more present. And through it, all the 14-member-company's journey to reclaim to slay a dragon and reclaim a homeland is not forgotten. In contrast, the urgency to reach the mountain by Durin’s Day is ever more the driving force of this tale.
     In addition, the acting was on point and one character that I believe stood out very well was Benedict Cumberbatch (as Smaug/Necromancer). Although his screen time was relatively small when you think about it, it did not appear to be that way. His booming and growling voice really put an emphasis on Smaug's ego to the audience, particularly how big it is. Also, the design for Smaug is absolutely breathtaking. He was enormous and frightening, yet beautiful and magnificent at the same time.

“It is our fight. It will not end here. With every victory, this evil will grow. If your father has his way, we will do nothing. We will hide within our walls, live our lives away from the light and let darkness descend. Are we are not part of this world? Tell me, Mellon, when did we let evil become stronger than us?”
- Tauriel

Final Vote
Worth Seeing: 5 of 5 stars

Worth Buying: 5 of 5 stars

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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Peter Jackson        
Writing Credits:
   (NovelJ.R.R. Tolkien

Produced by:
   Carolynne Cunningham     ---     producer
   Peter Jackson                       ---     producer
   Fran Walsh                           ---     producer
   Zane Weiner                         ---     producer
   Eileen Moran                        ---     co-producer
   Philippa Boyens                    ---     co-producer
   Carolyn Blackwood              ---     executive producer
   Toby Emmerich                   ---     executive producer
   Alan Horn                             ---     executive producer
   Ken Kamins                          ---     executive producer
   Matthew Dravitzki               ---     associate producer

Ian McKellen --- Gandalf
Martin Freeman --- Bilbo
Richard Armitage --- Thorin
Ken Stott --- Balin
Graham McTavish --- Dwalin
William Kircher --- Bifur
James Nesbitt --- Bofur
Stephen Hunter --- Bombur
Dean O'Gorman --- Fili
Aidan Turner --- Kili
John Callen --- Oin
Peter Hambleton --- Gloin
Jed Brophy --- Nori
Mark Hadlow --- Dori
Adam Brown --- Ori
Orlando Bloom --- Legolas

Evangeline Lilly --- Tauriel
Cate Blanchett --- Galadriel
Lee Pace --- Thranduil
Benedict Cumberbatch --- Smaug/Necromancer
Sylvester McCoy --- Radagast
Luke Evans --- Bard / Girion
Stephen Fry --- Master of Laketown
Ryan Gage --- Alfrid
John Bell --- Bain
Peggy Nesbitt --- Sigrid
Manu Bennett --- Azog
Ben Mitchell --- Narzug
Stephen Ure --- Fimbul
Craig Hall --- Galion
Robin Kerr --- Elros
Eli Kent --- Lethuin
Mark Mitchinson --- Braga
Kelly Kilgour --- Soury
Sarah Peirse --- Hilda Blanca
Nick Blake --- Percy

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