The much awaited sequel of the first hobbit is here on dvd format, as I haven’t watched anything in the cinemas for a good long while, I am excited as I am a big fan of tolkiens stories and the first film “An Unexpected Journey” was really good and well worth a repeated watch.
The 2nd film in the trilogy is a tour de force of cgi, if you manage to make it to the parts where you get introduced to the dragon “Smaug” and seeing him in all his glory, it’s absolutely astounding how massive and majestic they made him. What made it even more spectacular was how they used performance capture with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Smaug.
In fact it was Smaug that stole the show, as Bilbo (played by martin freeman) searched for the dwarves treasures he inadvertently wakes up the mighty dragon smaug and engages him in a bout of “chat” which only goes to show Smaugs cunning and utterly evil intent of destroying everything in his wake. At first you don’t really realise that its Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug, at least until you sense his mannerisms as he talks at lengths about his own cunning and greatness, no one else could have played his role better than Benedict Cumberbatch!
The on thing I absolutely hated about the desolation of Smaug was the sequence where our heroes had to travel through Mirkwood which had a horrific amount of large spiders who cocooned a load of our party in terrifying sequences which Bilbo was the only one who was truly spared of that horrific sight. I admit I fast forwarded the dvd during the whole imprisonment by the terrifically large spiders, grotesque bastards!
While that went on, and thankfully the elimination of the immediate threat, our party gets captured by the elves of Mirkwood seemingly led by Legolas of the lord of the rings film fames, who is partnered by a female bad ass elf called tauriel (played by Evangeline Lily).
The entire film gets split into the build up to the evil of Sauron which gets manifested during the Lord Of The Rings movies, and to the band of dwarves and there would be king to reclaim their homeland of Erebor. But not without committing there Hobbit/thief to steal/reclaim the stone that would give oakenshield the right to claim his rightful place as king.
The entire film seems to be one big build up to the point where our heroes awaken the dragon and try to subdue him, but at the same time awaken him and let him free from the mountains to wreak havoc on whatever he wishes. Of course Smaug steals the entire film, for me the entire film seems to be one big build up to the huge pay off of a magnificent, utterly evil, but incredibly intelligent dragon. It really is a joy to behold in full motion, and doesn’t truly do justice to it in still images rather than in any video.
You will get a lot more out of these films if you manage to watch them multiple times over.
But if you enjoy fantasy films or indeed fantasy stories like this you will love keeping along with the developments of the story. It’s a lot of fun to watch and I urge you to keep both films in your collection to watch at the same time, you will love it.
Thanks for reading this drunken ramble