The Hobbit 2 Review

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Gripping and Enigmatic

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Like its prequel, it is directed by Peter Jackson with a cast consisting of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, Richard Armitage as Thorin, Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey and an ensemble cast that includes includes Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Ken Stott, and Orlando Bloom. The film features Stephen Fry, Mikael Persbrandt, Manu Bennett, Lee Pace, and James Nesbitt.

The film is based on the story of Bilbo Baggins and the thirteen dwarves in their pursuit of the dragon Smaug. Two new characters, Azog and Bolg, are introduced. They are hunting Thorin down with the help of an orc army. Throughout this movie, for the ones who don’t know, we are re-introduced to the evil elements – Nazguls and another powerful-yet-evil entity looking for a way to get unleashed and haunt the good inhabitants of Middle Earth. The One Ring’s true evil powers come to light, leaving Bilbo Baggins amazed and perplexed at his fate.

Bilbo and his company of dwarves awaken Smaug and Smaug emerges out of the mountain with the intention of destroying the peaceful people of Laketown. Director Peter Jackson and associates Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro must be commended for adapting the script out of a fairly thick book. The script is simple and easy to follow with a tuneful background score, attuning with the mood. Unlike the previous movie, this one is more engaging, even though the length of the movie is long.

Every character is portrayed with care, and every individual has their own personality that stands out. The relationship between characters is well-defined, whether be it the dwarves, goblins, hobbits, elves, orcs, etc. The plot is highly engaging and keeps the audience glued to their seats with the element of enchantment and enigma. The costumes are well-thought out. The characters in this movie are more charismatic and energetic. The plot is well-woven and a new riddle is let out after every turn.

Visually, the film is brilliant and larger than life. The special effects are spectacular; the portrayal of the dragon would definitely make anyone feel very intimidated and run hunting for protection.

Verdict:

8/10. This movie, unlike its prequel, is engaging and thrilling. The visuals of course will leave the audience awestruck. The film is full of energy and excites you at every turn. It would make a first-timer to Tolkien’s world watch the series and join the adventure. It will lead you to look forward to the next movie as well, due to the introduction of the many new mysteries introduced in the film. A must-watch for all J. R. Tolkien’s fans.


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