Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been released on December 11th i-e four days ago, and it's already made up to more than $65 mil and on its way to $254 mil total. I enjoyed the first Hobbit film, and I was pretty excited to watch this next episode of the saga. I wasn't disappointed. I read Tolkien's books and let me tell you that Peter Jackson did pretty well so far.

He knew how to focus on character's emotions and personalities, with a full of actions as visual. Plus, it's interesting to see the evolution of those characters throughout the two first films, actors tried to wide their characters as tight as they can under their tragic forms. (It's good to see them be careful of what they deliver.) Obviously, we met for the first time Smaug. Who I think is the key character as we saw him briefly in the first film and imagined him since then, mostly through the story telling. Stories promise us an enormous dragon, much bigger than anything we could ever imagined. In this case, scale is very important as he is not just a dragon but a real threat. Therefore, Peter Jackson has done a brilliant job embodying Smaug with the Bafta winning actor Benedict Cumberbatch's voice. I have to admit that his voice is not easily recognizable but it fits very well. I guess it should have been a massive challenge for the production to create a speaking character where the most dominant thing is his personality. In fact, Smaug appeared to be a total psychopath. On the one hand his physical appearance is really important but on the other hand people will remembered more his voice, personality, how he behaved and how he moved and talk than how many teeth he has. P.Jackson knows where he is heading to, as well as his very talented actors. I highly recommend this film and all Jackson's adaptations of Tolkiens' work. Now we just have to wait for the third film. In which I hope the establishment of the first two films will be play out, especially character's stories and how their relationships between each others will end up. Plus, the Five army Battle promises to be epic!    

Overall The Hobbit is very good and the special effects are beautifully orchestrated.

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