Movie Review -- 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'
Posted by Leah Putz on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM By Leah Putz / December 19, 2013 Comment
The film begins where An Unexpected Journey leaves off -- Bilbo, Gandalf, and the thirteen dwarves are in the midst of their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug who protects the former dwarf homeland and all their riches. Throughout the film, they face numerous challenges that threaten their quest. However, time after time they learn to work together to make their way to the mountain. For the most part, the film stays true to the book. The biggest change rests in the addition of a elf named Tauriel, played by actress Evangeline Lilly of LOST fame. With the addition of her character also comes a minor romantic subplot. However, this doesn’t distract from the larger purpose of the film. While some die-hard fans may be upset with the changes to the story, the original plot remains intact and the changes aren’t drastic enough to be overwhelming or distracting. The acting in the film is what stands out the most. Each and every actor suits their role perfectly and brings their character to life. Sir Ian McKellen in particular becomes Gandalf for the fifth time in The Desolation of Smaug, and has made the role completely his own. No other actor could so convincingly play the wizard. Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage continue bringing justice to the characters of Bilbo and Thorin. Benedict Cumberbatch stands out in his role of the dragon Smaug, not only providing the voice of the beast, but the movements as well, as he donned a suit to capture his motion and give the dragon bits of his physique (he also voices the Necromancer). We also see numerous references to The Lord of the Rings films. Orlando Bloom returns as the wood elf Legolas, who was one of the nine members of The Fellowship in The Lord of the Rings. Those viewers who haven’t yet seen the triology, of which The Hobbit is a prequel, may be slightly confused by the references to the films. If you are looking for a great movie that will take you to another world and entertain you completely, be sure to go see The Desolation of Smaug. Photos via: Google